Hello! I am so excited to have a guest reviewer here today. Sarah is an MLIS student at Kent State. She has been working on her practicum with me and I have been trying to keep her busy with all sorts of library and bookish activities. This book is coming out soon and is on-order for the library.
Camelot Burning (A Metal & Lace Novel #1) by Kathryn Rose
May 8, 2014
Paperback, 409 pages
What it’s about:
Vivienne is a lady-in-waiting for Guinevere, the future queen of Camelot by day; at night, however, she works as a secret apprentice to Merlin (who hides away in the clock tower battling as a recovering magic addict). An intelligent, curious eighteen-year old, she feels confined by conventional life in Camelot, and being stuck as a handmaiden, and wishes that she was free to study science and alchemy without fear of punishment or worse. As Merlin uses his new-found discovery of alchemy and the “mechanical arts” to create steampunk-esque contraptions, Arthur’s sister Morgan La Fay returns to Camelot to exact revenge on the kingdom by declaring war. And in the midst of it all Vivienne meets (and falls in love with) Marcus, a young man who will one day become a knight of Arthur’s round table.
Why you might like it:
If you’re a fan of the King Arthur story and Steampunk, but you’ve never thought about how the two could possibly work together, you’ll want to read this. If you’re a fan of the TV show Merlin, just imagine those characters (slightly older) and throw in some steampunk mixed with a little alchemy to make things even more interesting. And if you like independent, strong female leads who are not afraid to be downright sassy at times, you’ll love Vivienne. She has a great personality that mixes really well with the other characters in the story (especially Merlin) – and her love interest, Marcus, is pretty easy on the (figurative) eyes, too! If you’re a history buff, you’ll appreciate the effort that went into making this historically accurate mixed with just the right amount of fantasy to keep you on your toes. It’s definitely a good debut novel that kept me interested enough to want to see what happens in the next book!
Want more like this?
For more steampunk and fantasy goodness, I’d recommend the Leviathan series by Scott Westerfeld, The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross, and Blood in the Skies by G.D. Falksen.
Did you say sassy heroine and steampunk? I’m sold! Thanks Sarah for a great review. I will be watching for this one.
∼Megan and Sarah