Title: Henge (Le Fay #1)
Author: Realm Lovejoy
Publication Date: November 11, 2014
Genre: YA Fantasy
Synopsis: 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.
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Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
When I first started Henge, I was really disappointed. I felt that there was too much insta-love between two of the main characters. Usually, I don’t like insta-love in books, but can deal with them. However, I absolutely could not stand it in this book. First, the characters seemed flat and undeveloped which made it hard for me to understand why Morgan had mixed feelings for the other main character.
Furthermore, I thought that the plot of the book was a great and intriguing idea, but it fell flat. I was very happy and surprised by events and situations in the book. I thought that I was going to hate the book since I didn’t start really liking it until a few chapters in. However, I’m so happy I stuck with the book. Lovejoy’s vivid descriptions of events, places and things made the book memorable. Since I don’t know much about King Arthur and his knights, I liked that the author gave background and built the world. Her world building was not over the top or all at once which made the story easy to follow and enjoyable to read.
Overall, I thought Henge fell a little flat of my expectations, but it was a well planned story.
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