Henge by Realm Lovejoy is a YA Fantasy that is a modern spin-off of the Arthurian legends featuring Morgan Le Fay as the protagonist. This tour will consist of reviews, interviews & guest posts. Check out the full schedule for more information.
About the book:
Modern-day Camelot. Where knights no longer carry swords. Magic is dangerous. And those who seek control are not to be trusted.
Sixteen-year-old Morgan le Fay is a fire user. An ordinary girl with an extraordinary skill, she has the ability to create and command fire at will. Her dream is to become the Maven—the right hand of the future King Arthur. In the chance of a lifetime, Morgan is selected to join Arthur’s Round, an elite group of young magic users from which the new Maven will be chosen.
Along with the other fire, water, and wind users in Arthur’s Round, Morgan is rigorously trained and tested. The handsome Merlin, a brilliant water user, takes a particular interest in her. Is his friendship to be trusted, or is Merlin simply trying to win the position of Maven for himself? Among the many rivals Morgan faces is the current Maven, Mordred, who seems determined to see her fail.
But Morgan has a secret—years ago, her mother was executed for using fire magic, and Morgan’s desire for justice makes her more than ready to take on the challenge before her. Can she prevail in Camelot’s tests of survival and magic? Only time—and Morgan’s powerful fire—will tell.
Realm Lovejoy’s modern Arthurian series features one of literature’s most complicated and powerful female figures. Henge is the first book in the LE FAY series, and—like Morgan le Fay’s magic—it is sure to dazzle and amaze.
Guest Post :
The idea of modernizing the Arthurian legends came naturally to me since I didn't want to set the story up the same way it's been done many times. As a writer, I want to write something that I'd have fun with so I wanted the story to be fresh for me and to create something I can believe and relate to. I also wanted to see the key characters as teens to further freshen up the legend and see it from a new angle.
I imagined Morgan with modern clothes instead of a sorceress robe. Merlin being a dashing young man wearing a suit rather than an old man with a pointy hat. Lancelot wearing uniform and combat boots instead of armor and carrying a gun rather than a sword. I also formulated dialogues in my mind that would translate to the modern world: worrying about obtaining a license to use magic, arguments about magical politics such as what would happen if you used magic in self defense against an attacker. If someone could conjure fire or water right now in our world, what kind of rules would be in place?
Although the Le Fay Series is modern, I still reference the sixth century to keep the imagery laced through their current world. For instance, statues and murals of former wizards and witches are often mentioned so that the characters are always surrounded by history that they were inspired from. I manage to incorporate Avalon and Excalibur (among other Arthurian iconic things and places) into the story and world building. It was a really fun setting to create and I hope readers will enjoy exploring the Le Fay world!
About the Author:
Realm Lovejoy is an American writer and an artist. She grew up in both Washington State and the Japanese Alps of Nagano, Japan. Currently, she lives in Seattle and works as an artist in the video game industry. CLAN is her first book. You can find out more about her and her book at www.realmlovejoy.com
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