Today I am writing about Avalon: A Novel by Anya Setton.
For some reason, ever since reading the Mists of Avalon books...no matter where I see the word "Avalon," that is what I always think of. I tend to forget that Avalon has a rich history devoted to it, outside of those books. When I picked up Avalon: A novel, I expected a book full of magic and Goddesses.
It did not take me long to figure out there would be neither of those in this book. It took me a bit to get into the story of Rumon, a French prince on his way to England to find something to do with his life. His ultimate goal is to find the fabled isle of Avalon, a place where he believes wonders await him.
Along the way he comes across a girl named Merewyn, and she quickly becomes intertwined in his story. Merewyn has a supposed royal lineage, but the truth comes to light and Rumon learns of her scandalous past. Follow both Rumon and Merewyn as they lead their lives, watch their fate dance and spin around each other; sometimes bringing them close together, and sometimes driving them far apart.
Marketed as a romance, this book is hardly a bodice ripper or sappy love story. Rich with history, it creates vivid mental imagery as you turn the pages. Evil Queens, lovesick lads, strong women, nuns, Vikings, and more await you within the pages of this book. There were times I could hardly see the words through the tears in my eyes, and at times I smiled in triumph and I even let out a little gasp of shock from time to time.
My favorite part of the book was what I call " The Viking Years," as I have a deep love of the Norsemen, and it was interesting to see how Seton wove their story in with Rumon and Merewyn.
I loved the book, and even got Jack to read it. He also thought it was very good, and this is one that I will read over and over. It has earned a permanent place on my bookshelves.
I give it 4 Stars!