When I was yet a very young woman I threw my heart away. Ever since then I have lived heartless, or almost heartless, the way Humans think all Fey live.
Among the towering trees of magical Avalon, where humans dare not tread, lives Niviene, daughter of the Lady of the Lake. Her people, the Fey, are folk of the wood and avoid the violence and greed of man. But the strife of King Arthur’s realm threatens even the peace of Avalon. And while Merlin the mage has been training Niviene as his apprentice, he now needs her help to thwart the chaos devouring Camelot. Niviene’s special talents must help save a kingdom and discover the treachery of men and the beauty of love…
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A Counsel Oak Leaf Song
Water rising under rock,
Break Earth’s lock,
Floods thirsty roots,
Nurtures sap and trunk and shoots,
Greens and plumps each greedy leaf,
Till dappled sunlight like a thief,
Sucks leaf-water as I breathe,
Makes of mist and airy wreath
To drift and float and wander high
To the sky,
And fall again,
Sweet rich rain,
Run under rock, ans
~ Merlin’s Harp
I like a good fantasy read and the story that was proposed here about Merlin and Arthur really called to me. I have to admit – there is a bit of cover love here too….. I mean look at it! Wouldn’t you want to enter these pages too? I felt it could be magical…. and really hoped it would be.
Nivienne (I imagine rhymes with Vivienne) is a Fey. A Fey lives off in the forests separated from man as much as they can be. The story is told from Nivienne strong perspective and I liked that a story that in the past has had a masculine feel to it, was now being told by a woman…. err… a Fey. Feminine.
I enjoyed the poetry of the book but I seemed to get lost in the activity of what was happening. I like descriptive reads and I did not fully get the look and feel of their surroundings. This left me with a sense of constantly trying to stay caught up in the story.
I wanted to enjoy this book and honestly have to admit I struggled and bumbled my way through it never catching the flow.
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I received my copy of this book from Sourcebooks