Gods of Merlin

Today it is my pleasure to welcome author Priya Ardis and her YA Fantasy Paranormal novel Gods of Merlin.

Author’s description of the book:

Foster kid and occasional shoplifter Eowlyn Patience just wants to fit into her Boston high school. When the Sword In The Stone falls out of the sky like a meteor into the middle of London’s Trafalgar Square, everything changes. Then, an enigmatic golden-eyed man arranges for her to attend a school for the gifted in England, and the irritatingly perfect Matt Emrys from science class turns out to be Merlin—the Merlin, King Arthur’s greatest wizard.

 

Frozen in a cave for fifteen hundred years, Merlin has woken to find the next Arthur. Eowlyn Patience’s mysterious admittance to Avalon Preparatory was not something he foresaw…a disturbing aberration when his most powerful gift happens to be visions of the future.

 

The race to find the rightful heir rages between deadly gargoyles, wizards, and Regulars, but figuring out the troubled Eowlyn might be by-the-book Merlin’s hardest job yet. She’s altogether the wrong girl. Torn between what is right and what saves lives, will Eowlyn do what it takes to win—even if it means sacrificing Merlin to a god?

 

My Review:

In Gods of Merlin, Priya Ardis has written an action-filled adventure likely to appeal to teenage fans of the fantasy genre.

What I liked best:

1. I’ve got a fond spot for females who get to be the chosen one (for once) and I found Eowlyn to be particularly likable. I rooted for her from the start.
2. I’m a life long fan of the many variations of the King Arthur tale and it was fun to see it given a new twist.

What I liked least:

1. I thought there were too many parallels to a certain famous story line with a likeable orphan who mysteriously ends up at a British school for magical kids where those with wizards’ blood look down on those who don’t have it.
2. I found some sections too grisly and others too confusing (particularly flashbacks of Eowlyn tangling with other main characters in other times.)

I would recommend this book to young people who enjoy fantasy and particularly to fans of Harry Potter or King Arthur who are looking for more of what they love.

About the Author:

Priya Ardis loves books of all kinds–but especially the ones which make your nose leak and let your chai go cold. Her novels come from a childhood of playing too much She-Ra and watching too much Spock. Her bestselling series, My Boyfriend Merlin, about Merlin going to high school is a YA contemporary fantasy and romance for those like road trips, wizards, Greek gods, and gender-bent quests.

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My favorite excerpt:

“You are my Gwenhwyfar,” he said. “Or how do you say her name in your time? Guinevere.”

I stood, wanting to run but knowing it would do no good. Because I was not in reality. I was in a dream. I played along. “Wasn’t Guinevere King Arthur’s wife? I’m a little young. I belong to no one.”

“I did not come seeking a wife. My former love is the reason we are in this mess. I have chosen you to be my champion, my right hand. You will go where I cannot.”

I growled in disbelief. “What makes you think I would do anything for you?”

Golden eyes glowed as he considered me. Power radiated from his gaze. The power burned so bright, like the sun, that I would be burned if I looked too long. Then, golden eyes blinked. The light dimmed and I could breathe again.

He peered at me. I dropped to my knees on the ground.

He touched my cheek. “You will do it, Eowlyn Patience, because you crave what I do. You would do anything to leave this small life behind. You would do anything for a bit of power.” His thumb traced the line of my jaw. “Seize the day, my champion.”

How not to name a book ….

Authors note: z2 is currently on blog tour through the fine folks at Reading Addiction Virtual Book Tours. The post below is part of that tour and it appeared a few days ago on a blog called Clutter Your Kindle.  My thoughts were inspired by a post I wrote here back in 2013, two whole books ago. A lot has changed for me since then, but apparently other things haven’t changed much at all.

vampireI confess, I never got into the thrill of the whole dragon phase that fantasy lovers went through a couple of decades ago when I was a young adult reader, and maybe I shouldn’t tell you this but I’ve never been all that into vampires either. Hey, different things appeal to different people. I do confess to a certain lingering fascination with werewolves, however, and maybe it is because they helped me figure out how much I just don’t like the dead guys. So enter the whole zombie fascination. Okay, to each their own, but zombies turn my stomach.

Which does make the fact that I called my third novel z2 a little problematic. Zombies showed up a few years ago and they are still around. Brad Pitt even stared in a movie called World War Z last summer. Every search I do that starts with a z continues to turn up zombie books, zombie movies, and just plain more zombies. We really do have a zombie problem.

cake-topper-xoSo why did I pick that name? Well, I had already made the mistake of naming my first novel x0, only to discover that you can’t make superscripts appear on a blog or anywhere else that matters. I wanted to name my second novel x1, but my love of X-men got me to change it to y1, not wanting to seem like an imitator. So it looked like my third novel needed to be called z2. You know, x0, y1, z2…..

It fit the story well for the book’s hero Alex Zeitman to form a club at the high school where he teaches, and for him to call the club z2. He pronounces it “zee squared” and it is for those who can warp time like himself and for others fascinated by time travel. I refer to the book as “zee squared”. Everyone else calls it “zee two” because you can’t tell it’s a superscript. This was definitely not the way to name a book. Worse yet, some readers have told me that they thought my book was about a second coming of zombies. Good grief.

Have I learned my lesson yet? No. Of course not. The last three books in the 46.Ascending collection have superscript titles too. c3 came out in Kindle a few months ago and d4 will be out this fall. I guess I like the consistency. Maybe I like doing things the hard way. Maybe it just fits to have superscripts for super heroes. Yeah, that’s it. Superscripts for super heroes.

No, this book is not about zombies……

dragonI confess, I never got into the thrill of the whole dragon phase that fantasy lovers went through about thirty years ago, although I do have to say that it appealed to me more than the vampire thing (that is, the previous round of vampire interest) which got going a few years after that.  Nothing wrong with either, mind you, but …

Fast forward a couple of decades. I’m still not so fond of the the vampire thing, part two, althoughvampire I do confess to a certain lingering fascination with werewolves and other such creatures.  But vampires — just dead guys.  Ick.  So enter the whole zombie fascination. Okay, to each their own.  But double ick for me.

Which does make the fact that I’ve just called my third novel z2 a little problematic.  Zombies are everywhere. Brad Pitt stars in a movie called World War Z coming out in June.  Every search I do that starts with a z turns up zombie books,  zombie movies, and just plain more zombies. We really do have a zombie problem.

cake-topper-xoThe title of my third book was supposed to be x2, where the 2 is a superscript.  You know, x squared.  But as I explained on my other blog in a post called “Hugs and Kisses“, when I named my first novel x0 I discovered that you can’t make superscripts appear on this blog or anywhere else that matters. And, as I pointed out in “Why why one?”  my love of X-men and respect for Patrick Stewart made me change the name of my second book from x1 to y1.  I just didn’t want to intrude.

When fellow indie author and blogger Hock Tjoa interviewed me on his blog last August, he joked about my third novel being called z2. Ha. I was still playing around with x2. Or with 2x because that fit my theme better mathematically. Or maybe even 2z just to blend the three titles together better. And then I realized that Hock, who I’ve never met, was absolutely right. The logical next name was z2 and I simply had to go with it.

So ….. the book’s hero Alex Zeitman now forms his own club, z2, for time warpers like himself and other interested parties.  He calls his club “zee squared”. I call the book “zee squared”. Others call it “zee two” because you can’t tell it’s a superscript and many of them suspect it has something to do with a second coming of zombies. Arrgghhh.

Have I learned my lesson yet? No. Of course not. The last three books will have superscript titles also. I’m not sure why.  Maybe I like consistency. Maybe I like doing things the hard way. Maybe it just fits to have superscripts for super heroes. Yeah. Superscripts for super heroes. I like that.