Today , i'm sharing with you an early review of Magic Waking. This one i had mixed feeling about but it's too good not to shared so perhaps one of you will love it right at the beginning, in any case i'm more than tempted to continue the series.
Publisher: Ink Spark Press
Genre: paranormal, fantasy, romance, faeSource: earc
This could be very promising. I loved the plot idea , Arthur reincarnated, and the world building. The rhythm is fast and we are immediately in the centre of what is happening. It's really good and to give us more insight of what happened to put them in the present troubles we travel among Merlin and Arthur memories at the same time they rediscover them.
Emma is very dedicated, after so many centuries of failure it's amazing that she doesn't plan to give up....also a bit sad she doesn't learn from her mistake either. The fact she is determined to do it alone is frustrating even if we can partly understand it. She is attracted to Darton because in reality he is Arthur and she will do anything to protect him . Trying at first to do it in secret wasn't the most subtle way though.
Darton is intrigued by Emma and not happy with his life but he doesn't really understand why as he is always the last of the two to remember their past lives. Even without knowing it though he is still the same: determined, loyal, protective.
We see and learn a bit about the fae in this first book but i really warmed to Sunki , she is young but more open minded and curious than some others.
Darton 's friends Keevan and Izzy i loved them a lot less.... they want to protect him and doesn't understand or trust Emma that i can understand but sometimes they reaction were really too stupid for me.
In fact, the only thing i didn't like was Merlin and Arthur relation.....at first i enjoyed it seeing how they met , what they did etc but the fact it started to hint they were more than friendship feeling between them broke the magic. I mean why couldn't two boy be best friend trust each other above everything else without them being or becoming gay. Why should Merlin had love feeling for Arthur at the time: friendship, admiration , respect all that i could easily envision.. love definitively a NO. The fact he often reincarnate in a female form help but i mean the love feeling could have started at those time no need to say it was there before....that's the only detail that really bothered me in this book but it did bothers me a lot.
If that point isn't a matter for you then it's a perfectly good retelling of Arthur legend.
Disclaimer: All opinions are my own and i voluntary reviewed this book.