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The new king of Camelot wears no shining armor: Arthur and his knights have fallen and a new king rules. In the darkest forest... A scared, forsaken youth has become the most powerful—and feared—man in the world. Ruthless and unrestrained, Kerrigan has long ceased to be human. In the heart of London... A spirited peasant mired in drudgery, Seren dreams of becoming her own woma The new king of Camelot wears no shining armor: Arthur and his knights have fallen and a new king rules. In the darkest forest... A scared, forsaken youth has become the most powerful—and feared—man in the world. Ruthless and unrestrained, Kerrigan has long ceased to be human. In the heart of London... A spirited peasant mired in drudgery, Seren dreams of becoming her own woman, but never expects that by fleeing her fate, she will meet her destiny. Their worlds are forever changed... Kerrigan's goal is simple: barter or kill Seren to claim Arthur's Round Table. Yet she is the one person who holds no fear of him. More than that, her nobility sparks something foreign inside him. In his nether realm, kindness is weakness and a king who harbors any sort of compassion loses his throne. For countless centuries, Kerrigan has lived alone in the shadows. Now Seren's courage has forced him into the light that will bring either salvation to both of them...or death.


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The new king of Camelot wears no shining armor: Arthur and his knights have fallen and a new king rules. In the darkest forest... A scared, forsaken youth has become the most powerful—and feared—man in the world. Ruthless and unrestrained, Kerrigan has long ceased to be human. In the heart of London... A spirited peasant mired in drudgery, Seren dreams of becoming her own woma The new king of Camelot wears no shining armor: Arthur and his knights have fallen and a new king rules. In the darkest forest... A scared, forsaken youth has become the most powerful—and feared—man in the world. Ruthless and unrestrained, Kerrigan has long ceased to be human. In the heart of London... A spirited peasant mired in drudgery, Seren dreams of becoming her own woman, but never expects that by fleeing her fate, she will meet her destiny. Their worlds are forever changed... Kerrigan's goal is simple: barter or kill Seren to claim Arthur's Round Table. Yet she is the one person who holds no fear of him. More than that, her nobility sparks something foreign inside him. In his nether realm, kindness is weakness and a king who harbors any sort of compassion loses his throne. For countless centuries, Kerrigan has lived alone in the shadows. Now Seren's courage has forced him into the light that will bring either salvation to both of them...or death.

30 review for Sword of Darkness

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sophia Triad

    Kerrigan and Seren Lords of Avalon take place during alternative medieval times where besides our known world described in history books, two more Kingdoms were present: 1. The Camelot which has gone rotten. Arthur is gone. All the knights are either dead or chased away and the evil Morgen is now the boss. No colour exists. Everything is black or grey. 2. The Avalon where you can find all the good guys, the good wizards, the good knights that used to be part of Camelot etc. Seren is a poor girl that Kerrigan and Seren Lords of Avalon take place during alternative medieval times where besides our known world described in history books, two more Kingdoms were present: 1. The Camelot which has gone rotten. Arthur is gone. All the knights are either dead or chased away and the evil Morgen is now the boss. No colour exists. Everything is black or grey. 2. The Avalon where you can find all the good guys, the good wizards, the good knights that used to be part of Camelot etc. Seren is a poor girl that works really hard as a seamstress. What she doesn't know is that she will become the mother of the next powerful Merlin. Merlin was not a name, but a title given to the most poweful wizards. Kerrigan is from the Avalon and he is a very bad immortal male/part demon/part man. Before the Avalon knights save Seren, he manages to abduct her and take her back to unfriendly Camelot. Kerrigan is bored. I used to enjoy being evil. It wears thin, doesn't it?" He is a lone wolf who suddenly gets interested in the little "mouse", i.e. Seren. But the most important part is that although he is bad, he has honour and he will keep his promises. Seren is a stubborn, wise girl who as soon as she realises that she is in trouble, she tries to adapt. Eventually she will fall in love with the bad guy and she will try to find the goodness in him. This is a great series that combines historical romance with fantasy, magic, dragons and time traveling. At some point in the next books, the series will be embedded in the Dark Hunter series by Sherrilyn Kenyon. I couldn't stop laughing when I read on the book cover "Kinley MacGregor writes fantasy the way I would." Sherrilyn Kenyon. Because as you will probably know Kinley MacGregon is the other pen name of Sherrilyn Kenyon.

  2. 4 out of 5

    valee

    4.5 stars Let me just say that you,Ms Kenyon, are too good to be true. Please forgive me for having thought that you would not be able to surprise me after writing the dark hunter series. I apologize for having believed, even for a second, I would not like this series. There were some reviews that were not good so I thought this series would disappoint me, but boy was I wrong... This book was amazing. I enjoyed every page of it. Maybe the reason for why many didn't like it is that they were expect 4.5 stars Let me just say that you,Ms Kenyon, are too good to be true. Please forgive me for having thought that you would not be able to surprise me after writing the dark hunter series. I apologize for having believed, even for a second, I would not like this series. There were some reviews that were not good so I thought this series would disappoint me, but boy was I wrong... This book was amazing. I enjoyed every page of it. Maybe the reason for why many didn't like it is that they were expecting too much romance, when the truth is there's a really good one but the book is not strictly focus on it. But the characters were terrific, I laugh so many times that I lost count. Then there's the fantastic world building and the incredible and entertaining plot that got me hooked from the beginning. In this series we get to read about magic, demons and the good side; the old times after the king Arthur ruled. Kenyon is a terrific writer, she just knows how to catch your interest. This author knows how to create a whole new world and make it seem real. She just explains it in a way that is extremely appealing. I can't wait to read the next installment. As in most first books in a series, there's a lot of info about this new world, but not even once I found it overwhelming. I enjoyed every detail in it.

  3. 5 out of 5

    UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

    Whether writing as Sherrilyn Kenyon or Kinley MacGregor, this author knows how to give us amazing characters who are people we love – or love to hate – and worlds unlike any others. Sword of Darkness, the first book in the Lords of Avalon series, is a tale centered on the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, and is no exception. There are so many things to love about this book, but standing out most of all is the hero! Kerrigan was incredibly tortured, scarred, angry and soli Whether writing as Sherrilyn Kenyon or Kinley MacGregor, this author knows how to give us amazing characters who are people we love – or love to hate – and worlds unlike any others. Sword of Darkness, the first book in the Lords of Avalon series, is a tale centered on the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, and is no exception. There are so many things to love about this book, but standing out most of all is the hero! Kerrigan was incredibly tortured, scarred, angry and solitary – in short, the perfect hero. I absolutely adored everything about him, but it was his sense of honor, even though he thought he had none, that made me love him! Seren was a likable, strong, independent heroine. I appreciated that, even at his worse, she accepted Kerrigan for not only who and what he was, but also for who and what he wasn’t. He was the kind of hero who had many things in need of changing, but she asked very little of him in that way. There was a large supporting cast, a mish-mash of Merlins, gargoyles, dragons and demons. In the beginning I had a little trouble sorting out who was who, but by the halfway mark of the story I had it all pretty much figured out and was able to follow along nicely. And speaking of having trouble following along, I’d suggest that the very first thing you do is turn to the back of the book and read the sections marked ”The Legend," "The Thirteen Sacred Objects," and "Vocabulary." You won’t regret having all of that information under your belt when starting the actual story. Now, all that said, you’d expect a 5 star rating, right? Well, there was something that really grated on my nerves, so much so that it really affected my enjoyment of the story. This isn’t something I’ve heard others complain about in their reviews, so it was probably just me. But since this is my review, and I can, I’ll mention it. Some of the dialogs between the characters would start out light hearted and funny, but would quickly evolve into a level of silliness that just annoyed me and distracted me from the actual story. However, one thing I did find very funny was the author endorsement on the cover: '“Kinley MacGregor writes fantasy the way I would.” – Sherrilyn Kenyon' That made me laugh out loud because, well, she is Kinley MacGregor! So, would I recommend this story to my friends? Absolutely! It was an entertaining, exciting and very sexy read that kept me coming back for more.

  4. 4 out of 5

    NoNameLoves2Read

    I've been on a quest to find a mind-blowing book, so I've been picking up random books to read (which apparently is NOT the way to go about this). Needless to say, Sword of Darkness was not a mind-blowing book, for me at least. I knew I wouldn't like it by 20%, because I already had the plot completely figured out. So I skimmed the rest, so that I could put this book to the side and continue on with my hunt. This is one of those books with a plot that exists only for the sole purpose of romance. I've been on a quest to find a mind-blowing book, so I've been picking up random books to read (which apparently is NOT the way to go about this). Needless to say, Sword of Darkness was not a mind-blowing book, for me at least. I knew I wouldn't like it by 20%, because I already had the plot completely figured out. So I skimmed the rest, so that I could put this book to the side and continue on with my hunt. This is one of those books with a plot that exists only for the sole purpose of romance. I just can't with those books. I can tell when an author writes a plot like that, it just feels inauthentic to me. This book was based on the King Arthur tales, but instead it focused on the good girl/bad guy trope. This trope works very well in the Fever series, but not here. I have read one other book by this author that I really enjoyed. She went by the name of Sherrilyn Kenyon then, and I thought this book would be a no-brainer. Wrong. If you like romance over plot, then I think you'd probably enjoy this book. There's nothing wrong with that, it's just not for me.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Heather K (dentist in my spare time)

    One clicking the crap out of this... Price drop to $0.99 at Amazon US! 3/18/15!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Molly Mortensen

    This book hit my number one pet peeve, the love interest threatening to rape the heroine. I don't care how evil he's supposed to be or that he didn't do it. It's still wrong. Not romantic at all. The 'hero' called the heroine mouse and that's what she is. A weak, spineless mouse. He kept thinking she was brave but I didn't see it. They fell in love quickly and I never understood why he'd change his entire outlook on life for her. The worldbuilding was decent but not up to Kenyon's normal standar This book hit my number one pet peeve, the love interest threatening to rape the heroine. I don't care how evil he's supposed to be or that he didn't do it. It's still wrong. Not romantic at all. The 'hero' called the heroine mouse and that's what she is. A weak, spineless mouse. He kept thinking she was brave but I didn't see it. They fell in love quickly and I never understood why he'd change his entire outlook on life for her. The worldbuilding was decent but not up to Kenyon's normal standards, and the story was meh. (Nothing special or interesting.) Blaise (the Mandrake, think dragon who turns into a man) was by far the best part of the book. Overall, Sword of Darkness was disappointing and I'd say skip it. If you're interested in The Lords of Avalon series, read the sequel. It's MUCH better! (And it's not necessary to read this book to understand it.)

  7. 4 out of 5

    ♡Karlyn P♡

    3.5 stars. Overall a light and quirky paranormal filled with Merlins, Gargolyes, time travel and good vs. evil. An ejoyable read. (Don't expect anything similar to her Dark Hunter series that she writes as Sherrilyn Kenyon. This is much lighter, and almost fairytale like.) 3.5 stars. Overall a light and quirky paranormal filled with Merlins, Gargolyes, time travel and good vs. evil. An ejoyable read. (Don't expect anything similar to her Dark Hunter series that she writes as Sherrilyn Kenyon. This is much lighter, and almost fairytale like.)

  8. 4 out of 5

    Gary

    I'm going to give this four out of five it was a good story but just seamed as if it wasn't as polished as her later works I'm going to give this four out of five it was a good story but just seamed as if it wasn't as polished as her later works

  9. 4 out of 5

    Pamela(AllHoney)

    The first book in the Lords of Avalon series by Kinley MacGregor. Seren is just a poor peasant with aspirations of being a weaver. After being denied by the Guild she heads home when she is approached by men who claim she is destined to give birth to the next merlin. She runs away and is "rescued" by another man. This man is The Kerrigan, king of Camelot, the owner of Caliburn, a sword of the fey. Caliburn is the evil sword that balances out Excalibur. He takes her to Camelot where Morgen le Fey The first book in the Lords of Avalon series by Kinley MacGregor. Seren is just a poor peasant with aspirations of being a weaver. After being denied by the Guild she heads home when she is approached by men who claim she is destined to give birth to the next merlin. She runs away and is "rescued" by another man. This man is The Kerrigan, king of Camelot, the owner of Caliburn, a sword of the fey. Caliburn is the evil sword that balances out Excalibur. He takes her to Camelot where Morgen le Fey has plans to use her for her own evil purpose. The story is based around the legend of Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. This is long after Arthur's defeat and Camelot is now ruled by evil. It was pretty good. I've read Sherrilyn Kenyon's The League and Dark-Hunter series and this one follows the basic formula with the dark, tortured hero and the woman who "saves" him. But it's a formula I love and I will continue to read.

  10. 5 out of 5

    ρυηүα [Punya Reviews...]

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. My review contains spoilers and they're mostly my thoughts as I went with the book. This one's got 2 parts. [note: You have to forgive my really long review but this book was worth it! I had to talk about it all and LOVED Kerrigan.] Alright, I'll try my best to keep the information in this book straight, which are a bit convulated for me wee brain! Otherwise, it's a marvelous book. I'm loving the story and the h/h, Kerrigan and Seren. There are things and terms sometimes seem a bit confusing but a My review contains spoilers and they're mostly my thoughts as I went with the book. This one's got 2 parts. [note: You have to forgive my really long review but this book was worth it! I had to talk about it all and LOVED Kerrigan.] Alright, I'll try my best to keep the information in this book straight, which are a bit convulated for me wee brain! Otherwise, it's a marvelous book. I'm loving the story and the h/h, Kerrigan and Seren. There are things and terms sometimes seem a bit confusing but after reading the glossary of words once, somehow I can remember them enough to relate. The story takes place about 600yrs after king Arthur/Arthur Pendragon's death. Camelot is under the rule of demons. Kerrigan (not his real name, he never had one; this is his title from the fey) is the demon king of the fallen Camelot, while Arthur's sister Morgen is the queen. Kerrigan's been alive for couple of centuries and lived among pure chaos and evil. He's never cared for another, always took what he wanted. But, he's hasn't always been like this. He'd been a human once with an awful childhood; his mother was a whore who abused him constantly. Kerrigan murdered her while she was trying to sale him to a few men for you-know-what. There was a scene where he thought about how hungry he'd go for days and the kind of treatment he got from people around him, was really tough to read. How he come to be with Morgen, a bit of it is described in the prologue and then throughout the story. But, ever since he's been in this dark world, he served and ultimately his power grew stronger. Morgen is the queen of the fey, a sex-crazed demon harpy, who's truly malicious and pure evil. She's as ugly on the inside as she's fair on the outside. Her court is full of sex-crazed demon whores like her (most of them are m/f Adoni and former humans like Kerrigan) and it's all they do, apart from planning to rule the world and do evil things. Kerrigan's been one of her I-don't-know-how-many thousand lovers (but has stopped being that a longtime ago) over the centuries. Her son, Mordred has died many centuries ago but she wants to bring him back from the dead. So, she's hatched this plan, which involves Kerrigan and Seren. Seren is a peasant girl, who loves to weave. The day she got rejected from a guild of the weavers, which has been a long time dream for her, she met two knights of the legendary Avalon, Gawain and Agravain. She couldn't believe them when they said she's the future mother of the next Penmerlin and ran from them, thinking they wanted to have 'fun' with her. On the way, a dark knight saves her and then, she's taken to a dark and gloomy place. She falls asleep and when she woke, she meets Kerrigan, the said dark night and realizes she made the mistake of willingly going into the clutches of the evil. Kerrigan knows the plan the knights of Avalon and the Penmerlin have for her. He and Morgen planned to take the Round Table from them, bartering Seren for it but their ultimate plan is to kill her. But as the days go by, somehow Kerrigan is beguiled by her gentleness, innocence and honesty. Seren also doesn't believe that Kerrigan is pure evil, she senses something different in him, something almost kind and utterly human. Kerrigan even defied Morgen for Seren (not that he was ever scared of her, just broke the 'truce' they lived with), not knowing Morgen's real plan, which is to keep them together as much as possible so that Seren's child is fathered by him, who would hold the power to revive Mordred. After a few so-called attacks from Morgen, Kerrigan takes Seren to Joyous Gard, Lancelot's resting place and keeps her there. Seren is confused. She even planned to escape this dreaded place. She even got some tips from a so-called friend (sent by Morgen, of course), who told her that taking Kerrigan's star medal and the sword of immortality Caliburn and it's magical scabbard, will help her. For that she has to seduce Kerrigan. But, Seren is already enchanted by her dark knight. She wants to know him better; soothe his hurt, anger and the darkness she senses within him. No matter how he tries to tell her how evil he is and wants to stay away, Kerrigan has only been kind to her. He could've raped her but kept the promise he gave to her the first day. After coming to Joyous Gard with him and Blaise, his mandrake servant, Seren realizes she wants to be with him. Knowing that Kerrigan never recieved a gift ever in his life, she uses her only treasure, a scarlet cloth she weaved and embroidered for the guild and makes a tunic for him. I loved many scenes in this book; one was seeing Seren crying for the cloth, Kerrigan goes back to Camelot and retrieves it for her. Also, the way he yearns for her innocent touch and words were amazing to read. But, when Seren takes the cloth to give it to Kerrigan, she got stabbed by him. It was some scene! Kerrigan was napping and she startled him. Blaise, who masquerades in his human form most of the times, saves Seren with his magic. Kerrigan felt helpless for the first time in his damned life, knowing his evil power is useless in this regard. After that, when Seren wakes up and finds herself alright, hot scenes follow and they give into the temptation. Even knowing he's got no tender feelings for her, Seren decides that her virginity would be her gift to Kerrigan. Morgen comes back with her dragon and gargoyle troups knowing (though her demonic power of course) that Seren is pregnant already and attacks Kerrigan's castle. Kerrigan tries his best to save them using his own power but knows it's not gonna hold them much longer. In between, the ghost of Lancelot comes to Seren, tells her she's already pregnant and that Kerrigan will kill her and the baby once he finds out. Seren doesn't believe him and later realizes Kerrigan means to hold her baby for the power it'll be born with to help him rule the world. Seren is appalled. She promises Kerrigan that she'll do anything to save her son (yah, they all know the gender) from this atrocity. Blaise is a very wise character. He gives both Kerrigan and Seren really worthwhile advices. He also senses something in Seren and after seeing the way she can weave and sew so effortlessly as she worked on Kerrigan's tunic, Blaise is sure she's got something magic in her. But, what it is, I'm not sure yet. ************* WOW! I mean really, so so beautiful. This book, the last few chapters just took my breath away. Oh, Kerrigan! You're a sweet pea and I wanna hug you tight. And, Seren did prove herself. Even with all those 21st century head banging stuffs, it was a worthwhile read. I'm giving it a 5 stars with a wistful heart. *sigh* As the story progressed, Morgen tried to break through Kerrigan's shield, the one he put with his powers to protect Seren and their unborn child. Though he repeatedly said he wants the child because he wants to rule the world, in truth, Kerrigan was confused of the feeling that Seren invokes in him and also, the dreams of a family that keep flashing through his mind. Then, at one point, it was revealed that Seren is actually a Merlin herself. Blaise and Kerrigan both tells her that though at first she doesn't believe it, later on, a few things about her mother and the loom she gave to her when Seren was young, convinces her that it might be true. The loom is magical, it's called the the Loom of Caswallan. In between, Lancelot's ghost, again, tries to convince Seren to kill Kerrigan and take Caliburn from him. When she doesn't give him, he puts a spell on her and then she tries to kill him but Kerrigan thwarts the attempt. Seren gets her first taste of dark power after touching the sword and begins understanding Kerrigan's state of being even more. Brea, a Celtic God, who is on the side of the good and been fighting with Kerrigan for Caliburn, visits them then and asks Seren to give up the sword. He was probably who was masquerading as Lancelot's ghost. Seren denies his command. Afterwards, Kerrigan and Seren talk and make love. Morgen sends a gargoyle (former human, cursed by Morgen) named Garafyn to talk with him but the gargoyle tells Kerrigan that he'll help him escape if Kerrigan takes him and his stone legions with him. Kerrigan had no other option but to trust him, though reluctantly. Later, Seren then asks Kerrigan to help her use her magic powers so that together they can fight Morgen. Kerrigan was weakening. Kerrigan tells Seren that he also possesses Merlin blood, he unknown father must've had it but didn't even know and that's why when he found Caliburn, it worked and Morgen took him in. Then, even though all his being revolted to take her innocence (in a way), Kerrigan does the ancient ritual of power sharing and gives Seren a portion of his dark magic. It was a crazy ceremony with blood taking/sucking and Seren sees a lot of Kerrigan's past through flashes; the same happens to Kerrigan too. The most beautiful thing to me was, as Seren lies in Kerrigan's arms, shaking from the violence of her new power, she looks at him and tells him she knows what his eye color was when he was human; it was a pure, crystal blue. Kerrigan tells her it was a long time ago. It was a beautiful yet such a melancholy scene! Seren's mother visits Seren in her dreams, telling her she must look into her heart to figure out her destiny and things regarding Kerrigan. She gives Seren another star emblemmed medal, one just like Kerrigan's which is a token for anyone possessing Merlin blood. This interaction between mother and daughter was sad yet beautiful, too. Seren's mother also tells her that she's going to have a daughter. Next day, with the help of Garafyn, they escape to the 21st century, knowing in this century Morgen will have problem opening portals. Kerrigan conjures up a mobile home and calls out to Brea again. He tells Seren she must go to Avalon with Brea, which is the safest place for her and the baby. In private, he makes a bargain with Brea; Seren and his child's safety in exchange for Caliburn. Brea is totally speechless! But, it was done. Seren asks Kerrigan to come back to her soon and he promises with a lie about going to Avalon, to her. Very reluctantly but with his promise, Seren leaves with Brea for Avalon. There she's fine but afterwards she understood Kerrigan lied to him about coming back to Avalon. The Merlin tells her its not possible since Kerrigan doesn't belong here anymore. In the meantime, Kerrigan goes to the shop where Seren worked and retrieves her loom and her scanty belongings. He was humbled seeing the way she lived. Then, he sends Blaise with those to Avalon, even gave away the star amulet, which can open portals. Blaise understood what Kerrigan wants. He also asks Blaise to make sure that Seren marries a knight and their child isn't born a bastard. After that, Kerrigan summons Morgen and surrenders .... Me, I was screaming, oh God, why???? :( Seren was already beginning to balance her dark and good powers in Avalon, also kept Caliburn with her, always thinking of Kerrigan. The communication between Seren and Kerrigan through their thoughts and the longing it held was so good, I can't explain in words. Just thinking of them bring tears to my eyes. An archer of Avalon tells Seren that Kerrigan lied to her about traveling around the world and seeing places while dodging Morgen. Seren couldn't believe him. She calls out to Kerrigan, who remained silent. Seren realizes it might be the truth after all and that she has to do something, anything to save her love. Resolved in the plan to rescue him from that b*tch, Seren asks for Blaise and Garafyn's help and was granted. Even Elaine, a female knight of Avalon agrees to help her on this journey. Kerrigan was being severely tortured by Morgen which was pretty hard for me to read. That b*tch, wish I could get my paws on her! Queen of the fey, my arse! I was thinking, once upon a time Kerrigan slept with this nasty harpy?! Ugh. Days of torture leaves Kerrigan almost dead and without Caliburn, he's become mortal once again. He also knows for a fact that he loves Seren with all his being. Then Morgen takes him to the center hall to had him killed by one of her knights. Kerrigan fought but knew in his state, he doesn't stand a chance. This is when Seren intervenes and the rest of it was a blast! I was impressed by the way she talks to the b*tch. The scenes that follow and the fights, they were great.... Then the epilogue, another beautiful part of the book. I adored it, simply adored it. Ohhhhh Kerrigan! To hear him call Seren "Lady Mouse" or "Little Mouse" ... *more sighs* In the end, Morgen finds Kerrigan's successor and ... bla bla bla, as if I care about that b*tch!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Coffcat

    Ugh, unfortunately this book incorporates some of my biggest pet peeves. Lets start with the first problem. If you read the description of the book it says that it's a Arthurian Legend: knights, helpless maidens & magical destinies. Ok, sounds good. I start to read it and oh, well looks like it's really part fantasy romance and part urban fantasy. There's a whole slew of these characters that can travel by popping in and out of existence, can heal any wound and they can go forward and backwards Ugh, unfortunately this book incorporates some of my biggest pet peeves. Lets start with the first problem. If you read the description of the book it says that it's a Arthurian Legend: knights, helpless maidens & magical destinies. Ok, sounds good. I start to read it and oh, well looks like it's really part fantasy romance and part urban fantasy. There's a whole slew of these characters that can travel by popping in and out of existence, can heal any wound and they can go forward and backwards in time too. (with this in mind apparently they have access to all the music ever written decides that INXS is the end all be all. WTF? really?!?). Throw in a whole bunch of modern phrases and items that don't fit with the storyline or characters and all and you've got one hot mess. I don’t mind mixing genres up, but to hide it from the book description? It’s almost as if the publisher had no idea how to begin and just gave up. I thought for fun, I’d give it a try… So, there’s an evil queen who likes her woowoo unwilling while listening to INXS 24/7. She has a Dark and Broody immortal knight who used to be a nobody child thief who she abducted and corrupted into her big baddie enforcer dude. Then there’s the heroine, a peasant weaver girl whose innocence peaks the interest of Mr. D & B. Luckily it just happens that she’s the magical key to the kingdom’s future. He decides to play hide the salami. Smoochie smoochie. Oh no! Evil queen is gonna get us….and you can figure the rest. ok, not the easiest thing to do….but still not impossible. I guess my point is that I felt misled in my expectations. I expect a book description to be accurate. It’s the only way I have to know what the book is about without actually reading it. It’s a simple thing. Problem #2. I've never had difficulty reading books with similar themes. I couldn't even begin to count how many books I've read that were the same basic concepts. What gets my goat is when it seems that one author just grabs a big chunk of another author's work and plops it in their own. That just tells me that the author is too lazy to come up with their own ideas. Sex crazed evil queens who have a stable of man slaves, omnipotent power/feared by all and an unbridled rage against all who disobey her. Sound familiar? Yeah, that's Queen Andise from Laurell Hamilton's Merry Gentry series. This is a popular series folks, so lets try a little bit harder to make your characters a little more original next time, eh? So in the end, I did not finish the book. I couldn’t like the story nor the characters that much. I have way too many other books to read that I’m pretty sure are quite a bit better. I’ll just move on to those and do my best to forget this one.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Shelby

    This is an interesting read to read now knowing it's considered part of the Dark Hunter universe but not really seeing how it ties in yet. Going back and re-reading the Dark Hunter series, I know this is put in where it was published, but it's going to sit in my mind awhile to see how it ties in later down the line. Gotta say I liked Seren. Her entire life is in upheaval and she's been thrown to the wolves essentially. No idea where she is, who to trust, and with no understanding of the world sh This is an interesting read to read now knowing it's considered part of the Dark Hunter universe but not really seeing how it ties in yet. Going back and re-reading the Dark Hunter series, I know this is put in where it was published, but it's going to sit in my mind awhile to see how it ties in later down the line. Gotta say I liked Seren. Her entire life is in upheaval and she's been thrown to the wolves essentially. No idea where she is, who to trust, and with no understanding of the world she now finds herself in. Yet she's a kickass, stand up to the fear sort, who with no knowledge of her own powers refuses to back down and is going to do what's right. I found myself liking her a lot. Kerrigan's had it rough. He's made terrible choices and reveled in those choices for hundreds of years. And yet you feel for him a bit as you know he really knew nothing else. How do you know to choose good if you've never really experienced it? Seren is the first person to open his eyes to the possibility of something else through her sheer stubborn instance that no one is all bad. Gotta admit though my favorite character in the whole thing might just have to be Blaise. Love me the snarky mandrake! Again, I'm curious to see where this series goes in relation to the greater Dark Hunter world. I can't quite figure out the tie in with all the characters I already know and love. But then again I'm way behind in the second arc. ;)

  13. 4 out of 5

    Mitabird

    Sword of Darkness was OK. Seren was wholesomely good, but, thankfully, I didn't find her annoying. I actually really liked her. She had a spine and stood up for what she believed in. Kerrigan was supposed to be the Big Bad, but he wasn't. We were told he did all of these horrible things, had no compassion, blah, blah,blah, but he was a big softy where Seren was concerned and it was a bit disappointing. The plot was decent, but the story dragged in places. I kept me interested enough to want to r Sword of Darkness was OK. Seren was wholesomely good, but, thankfully, I didn't find her annoying. I actually really liked her. She had a spine and stood up for what she believed in. Kerrigan was supposed to be the Big Bad, but he wasn't. We were told he did all of these horrible things, had no compassion, blah, blah,blah, but he was a big softy where Seren was concerned and it was a bit disappointing. The plot was decent, but the story dragged in places. I kept me interested enough to want to read the next books though. 3.5 stars

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan Wilson

    4.25 Stars

  15. 5 out of 5

    Lucy Qhuay

    Kerrigan, once a scared, defenceless young peasant, is now king and ruler of Camelot. Thinking he would have all he most desired at his disposal - riches, respect, power and women - he chose to follow Morgen le Fey, King Arthur's evil sorceress of a sister, to her desolate world. There he found the bitter truth. He was lord and master of everything that surrounded him, commanding an army of powerful creatures, such as dark fey, dragons and gargoyles, but only darkness surrounded him and not even Kerrigan, once a scared, defenceless young peasant, is now king and ruler of Camelot. Thinking he would have all he most desired at his disposal - riches, respect, power and women - he chose to follow Morgen le Fey, King Arthur's evil sorceress of a sister, to her desolate world. There he found the bitter truth. He was lord and master of everything that surrounded him, commanding an army of powerful creatures, such as dark fey, dragons and gargoyles, but only darkness surrounded him and not even all the power bestowed to him could stop him from wanting. On the contrary. He was ever hungry. Food couldn't sustain him, the beautiful women couldn't end his lust and he was always watchful, waiting for the next person wanting to stab him in the back. He has long given up on his soul and lost all his humanity. Until Seren, a simple peasant whose dream is to be a weaver, thus gaining her independence and freedom, crosses his path. Her destiny is to be the mother of the next Penmerlin, the leader of all Merlins, sorcerers tasked with the protection of the world and the relics used by King Arthur to rule in peace. Her child will have the power to bring either peace or darkness to the world. Kerrigan's goal is simply: use Seren to claim Arthur's Round Table and kill her once that is done. If only she didn't spark feelings in him he had thought long dead and made him long for things he always thought weren't for him. I loved Kerrigan and how tortured he was. He suffered terribly at the hands of everybody, especially his mother, who should have protected and loved him, so when he found himself in a position where he wouldn't be helpless, he chose the wrong path, thinking it was what would make him happy. There was a terribly price to pay, though. He lost himself and his chance to truly experience everything that makes life worth living. I'm so glad Seren appeared and was able to touch him deep inside. It's so sad when someone is so used to pain and rejection, that that person thinks they don't need love. And don't get me wrong. Kerrigan had evil inside him. He was fundamentally changed when he chose to follow Morgen. However, he had the potential for good inside him and that was something Seren saw from the beginning. I'm so glad they found each other. She also needed someone to love and protect her. She was so alone in the world. They were both alone. No more.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jane Stewart

    Simple, sort of interesting, but not recommended. It felt like a cinderella-type fairy tale. Downtrodden peasant girl is taken by a prince of darkness, but he turns into a prince of goodness due to her influence. In the beginning, she stood up to him, did not fear him, this intriqued him, and he then fell for her. Their falling for each other seemed a little too quick and unexplained for me. I also did not like the many references to 20th century living. This story takes place in the middle ages, Simple, sort of interesting, but not recommended. It felt like a cinderella-type fairy tale. Downtrodden peasant girl is taken by a prince of darkness, but he turns into a prince of goodness due to her influence. In the beginning, she stood up to him, did not fear him, this intriqued him, and he then fell for her. Their falling for each other seemed a little too quick and unexplained for me. I also did not like the many references to 20th century living. This story takes place in the middle ages, yet some of the characters would use words from the 20th century as if they lived in the 20th century. For example, she loves her Starbucks coffee, this is not a suicide hotline, I saw that happen on an episode of X-Files. Since some of the characters had the ability to time travel, I don't understand why they would choose to stay in the middle ages. Time-travel was not necessary to the plot. The only time it was connected to the plot was when they were running away from the evil queen for a short while before they returned to the safe place of Avalon (in the middle ages). The time-travel comments were a disconnect. They interrupted the flow of the story. I felt that the author was trying to be "cute," but I found it annoying rather than funny. The only redeeming quality in this story was that there were a few interesting plot developments. Sexual language: mild. Number of sex scenes: four. Setting: middle ages, London, Camelot and Avalon. Genre: historical, paranormal romance. For a list of my reviews of other books by this author, see my 3 star review of “Night Pleasures” by Sherrilyn Kenyon (aka Kinley MacGregor) posted 6/19/08.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Malakoka

    first half - 5 stars. second half - 0 stars. It started great and I was sucked in the story. But then in one point, around 2/3 I was like : "Wait. I think I skipped a few pages ( 100-150 of them). I loooove Sherilyn's books. The way she does anti-hero(es) is magnificent. But this... It felt like she started to write 500-page book, and then , in the middle, her publisher called and said " Hey, sorry, I forgot to say that you are allowed to have only 200 pages. So she switched, and than you have --- first half - 5 stars. second half - 0 stars. It started great and I was sucked in the story. But then in one point, around 2/3 I was like : "Wait. I think I skipped a few pages ( 100-150 of them). I loooove Sherilyn's books. The way she does anti-hero(es) is magnificent. But this... It felt like she started to write 500-page book, and then , in the middle, her publisher called and said " Hey, sorry, I forgot to say that you are allowed to have only 200 pages. So she switched, and than you have ---> BIIIG SPOILERS, DO NOT READ IF YOU HAVENT FINISHED THE BOOK ---> (view spoiler)[ He falls in love with heroine. He becomes good guy. They sleep together. She gets pregnant. When she hear is, she's "well,okay". Oh, she can do magic. Oh, she does GREAT magic. The fight. Hero sacrifices himself, she comes to his rescue, she ( peasant girl weaver ) starts fighting the master swordsman with a sword and kills him, rescuing the hero. HEA. (hide spoiler)] when i finished it, I was like "WTF ? Was that some kind of Draft?" God, I hate when author spoils the good story. It had soooo much potential. :(

  18. 4 out of 5

    Joana V.

    4*5 Opinião em português em: http://pepitamagica.blogspot.co.uk/20... Ever since a friend of mine showed me the Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark Hunters Series I’ve decided that I would not lose sight of this author. I found on Goodreads this "Lord of Avalon" series that took me to Camelot- but this Camelot is not the one you know. Kerrigan is the male lead and he’s the owner of the Caliburn sword, the “evil twin” of Excalibur – he carries the sword of Darkness. For those of you who may not know, these two 4*5 Opinião em português em: http://pepitamagica.blogspot.co.uk/20... Ever since a friend of mine showed me the Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark Hunters Series I’ve decided that I would not lose sight of this author. I found on Goodreads this "Lord of Avalon" series that took me to Camelot- but this Camelot is not the one you know. Kerrigan is the male lead and he’s the owner of the Caliburn sword, the “evil twin” of Excalibur – he carries the sword of Darkness. For those of you who may not know, these two swords were created by the Lady of the Lake, so that there would be balance in the world, with a Merlin of Light and a Merlin of Darkness – Kerrigan. In this book, Merlin isn’t exactly the Merlin we know – that old man with white beard and infinite wisdom? Well…he doesn’t have any beard, he is not old, he does not have infinite wisdom and…he is not a he. One of the things I most liked in this book is that Merlin, a beautiful woman, admitted that in the age that Kerrigan had been proposed to choose between light and darkness, and considering the way the proposal had been made, maybe even she (the current Light Merlin) would have chosen darkness. The book has a fast pace, it’s interesting and it’s romantic and adventurous at the same time. I’m definitely continuing to read this book series, I love Camelot, I like the author and the stories she creates. This book left me with a smile on my lips and wanting to know more about the other characters. Can’t wait to read the next one.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Alaine

    Words that come to mind are; luscious, yummy, delicious, well you get the idea. This book is unlike anything I've read before and that was certainly part of it's appeal. Apart, from the one of the best hero's I've read about in quite some time. The story is set in mythological Camelot and the King is Karrigan who is a very tortured soul, he lives a miserable existence alone in his hell. Along comes Serena an innocent girl who slowly breaks down the ice that surrounds him. It is an interesting sto Words that come to mind are; luscious, yummy, delicious, well you get the idea. This book is unlike anything I've read before and that was certainly part of it's appeal. Apart, from the one of the best hero's I've read about in quite some time. The story is set in mythological Camelot and the King is Karrigan who is a very tortured soul, he lives a miserable existence alone in his hell. Along comes Serena an innocent girl who slowly breaks down the ice that surrounds him. It is an interesting story and I enjoyed the paranormal aspect of the book. When you read a romance novel there isn't the same amount of depth that you find in other genres i.e. fantasy. The reader is expected to accept the information without deep explanations as to why things are the way they are, as is the case with this book. Kinley MacGregor created an unusual hero and a strong and endearing heroine who were both believable. For me my favourite part of all romance novels is the 'ahh' factor at the end and this book certainly had that. This is the first book I've read from this author and I will definitely read more.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Gina

    I agree, Trina, that she did spend a lot of time on background info, but I believe it was necessary. I don't think the second book (which will be out in November 2006) will have as much, considering how much Sword of Darkness gave us about the past. She might recap, but not full out. I adore Sherrilyn, love her writing style. She creates colourful characters that you love to love and love to hate. As any of the best authors that I love, she makes me laugh, cry, and get right down pissed, and I a I agree, Trina, that she did spend a lot of time on background info, but I believe it was necessary. I don't think the second book (which will be out in November 2006) will have as much, considering how much Sword of Darkness gave us about the past. She might recap, but not full out. I adore Sherrilyn, love her writing style. She creates colourful characters that you love to love and love to hate. As any of the best authors that I love, she makes me laugh, cry, and get right down pissed, and I adore her for that. LOL, what I found funny was the quote on the cover of the book. She explains that she had said it to her editor as a joke, and since the editor thought it was a brilliant idea, they put her quote on the cover. LMAO, I burst out laughing when I read it. I adore every single one of Sherrilyn's books, whether she writes as Sherrilyn or Kinley, and I can't wait for the next installment of Lords of Avalon. (My fave part is in the ending ~ the mischief Kerrigan causes Agravain. LOL, I loved it!)

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lyssa

    This book was so silly. The worldbuilding was laughable but I was mildly entertained. I was intrigued by how ridiculously evil the hero was.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Holly

    Sadly, this book is going to be a DNF for me. I want to say it’s not a bad book, it’s just not for me. But a big part of what I don’t like about it is the unsophisticated writing. If it weren’t for all the sex I’d peg it as a young adult book. There’s not a lot of excellent storytelling here. The writing is pretty simplistic. Beyond that, it’s also a weird catch-all of romance, historical, fantasy, urban fantasy, time-travel and paranormal genres. It has everything: mystical beasts, magic, immort Sadly, this book is going to be a DNF for me. I want to say it’s not a bad book, it’s just not for me. But a big part of what I don’t like about it is the unsophisticated writing. If it weren’t for all the sex I’d peg it as a young adult book. There’s not a lot of excellent storytelling here. The writing is pretty simplistic. Beyond that, it’s also a weird catch-all of romance, historical, fantasy, urban fantasy, time-travel and paranormal genres. It has everything: mystical beasts, magic, immortals, shape-shifter, knights, teleportation, alternate dimensions, royal lineages, gargoyles, time-travel, mind-reading, psychics, and I’m sure more if I’d gotten past 32%. It’s just too much and felt way over the top. I was telling my husband about this book yesterday and I said “If there’s a ghost in it, I’m done”. Well, lo and behold, there’s a ghost. So I’m done. LOL All of this “stuff” made every conflict very easy to resolve. It was too convenient. They’re under attack and they can conveniently think themselves away. The heroine is about to die? No worries, the singular other character around for literally hundreds of miles, who is a shape-shifting, sometimes-blind, albino man-dragon who can read people’s auras also happened to be able to magically heal people by “summoning his powers”. Why not? He’s everything else. Good thing he was around. Ok, so I’m being a bit harsh. For all of that, there are some great feels between the hero and heroine up to this point. I liked where Kerrigan’s development was going and Seren had some potential. There was good chemistry between them. At the same time the one love scene I did read was a little absurd. We’re talking invisible magic penis absurd. I think of you’re an adult and like the writing style of young adult novels but want something more grown up and with sex, you’ll like this. I also think if you like the fantasy genre and writers like J.R.R. Tolkien or George R.R. Martin you might find the actual fantasy story here to be a bit of an unfocused mess. One thing for sure though, it’s fun. We’re talking invisible magic penis fun. 😉

  23. 5 out of 5

    Madison ✨

    This one just didn’t do it for me. I’m all for a reformed bad guy, but you actually have to make him a bad guy. Kerrigan, who is supposed to be a demon king and this truly awful being, does literally nothing to prove how bad he is except it being constantly thrown in the readers face. Pretty much every interaction he has with Seren he acts like a love sick boyfriend while still trying to preach how evil and mean he is. I want a book like this to really show a bad guy who does awful things, but t This one just didn’t do it for me. I’m all for a reformed bad guy, but you actually have to make him a bad guy. Kerrigan, who is supposed to be a demon king and this truly awful being, does literally nothing to prove how bad he is except it being constantly thrown in the readers face. Pretty much every interaction he has with Seren he acts like a love sick boyfriend while still trying to preach how evil and mean he is. I want a book like this to really show a bad guy who does awful things, but then makes them redeeming with a good backstory or something. Instead, we just get it for the sake of it being a romance novel where of course this “evil” guy will automatically fall for the plain, but beautiful (of course) and purely good lady. Sigh, it just feels so overdone and I couldn’t buy into it. The story is more fantasy than I was expecting but I didn’t think the world was really well built with just too much going on which added to my low rating. I wanted more knights of the round table and this just was a slight connection to it. Also, Morgan being the ultimate bad character didn’t really make sense to me. I know they explained it, but really, in the demon world of Camelot, why would Morgan, a more powerful evil being, bring in Kerrigan, a new demon king, to rule her area with her? She truly was just added to have an actual antagonist in the story but it just didn’t fit beyond that purpose of making Kerrigan look not bad. So much of the story felt like it was put in there only for the sake of furthering the romance which isn’t my cup of tea. I want the story to be good, and that story to actually include a romance, not to force one into the other. Overall, this was meh at best to me and I likely won’t be picking up the rest of the series.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Melinda

    I thought I had read everything that Sherrilyn Kenyon had ever written besides her Manga and Comic series (I have never liked Comics or Manga but I would like to buy them one day just for the pictures) but I guess I was wrong. I’ve been to her website a thousand times…and that isn’t an exaggeration…and I’ve seen the Lords of Avalon books on her website but I just thought she was promoting another author named Kinley MacGregor so I ignored it. Sherrilyn sometimes mentions in her books that someon I thought I had read everything that Sherrilyn Kenyon had ever written besides her Manga and Comic series (I have never liked Comics or Manga but I would like to buy them one day just for the pictures) but I guess I was wrong. I’ve been to her website a thousand times…and that isn’t an exaggeration…and I’ve seen the Lords of Avalon books on her website but I just thought she was promoting another author named Kinley MacGregor so I ignored it. Sherrilyn sometimes mentions in her books that someone is reading a Kinley MacGregor novel so I just thought it was one of her favorite authors that she decided to mention. I did not realize that Kinley MacGregor was a pseudonym for Sherrilyn Kenyon until I read the reviews for this book. Hmmm…I learn something new every day. On SK’s website, it says the original release date was in 2005, long after her Dark-Hunter series was under way, so I had to wonder why she would want to write under a pseudonym. Why do already famous authors do that? I could see her using the name Kinley MacGregor if the book was a Historical Romance about Scotland because the name is definitely Scottish and by using a Scottish surname, it could make her seem more authentic but this is a book about Avalon and Camelot so that does not fit here. I wonder if she wrote the Lords of Avalon, which consists of two books and then spills over into the Dark-Hunter series in Son of No One and Dragonbane which were the last two books released, before she ever wrote the Dark-Hunter Series and then decided to release them later. I only wonder this because these books are so different from her current style of writing which is contemporary and humorous and sort of down to earth. The Lords of Avalon has a fairy tale feel which was okay but not what I am used to with Sherrilyn Kenyon. Let’s just say that I am glad I didn’t read the Lords of Avalon before I read her other works or I might not have been such a slobbering fan like I am now. I feel so bad for saying that like I am betraying my loyalty. I’m not saying these books are bad…in fact, they are pretty good…but they just aren’t the style of writing that I prefer. A note from the author at the beginning of the book did say that she started this idea while she was in college but it didn’t say when she wrote it but I’m guessing it was right around that time or shortly afterwards. This is about Avalon and Camelot. King Arthur has long since fallen and died at the hands of his nephew Mordred, Morgen’s son. I wasn’t sure on the details but Avalon and Camelot are in a different realm. Morgen, Arthur’s evil sister, has taken over Camelot which is a dark and dreary place while the remaining Knights of the Round Table are in Avalon which is a paradise. It starts out with a woman named Seren standing before the guild masters waiting for them to examine her work, cloth that she had worked on in her spare time for the last year and she knew it was perfection. If the guild masters approve of her work, she could finally become a journeywoman and be part of the guild and actually be paid for her work instead of working as a servant, weaving cloth for others. The guild masters tell her it is not good enough and give her back her cloth. Someone tells her as she is leaving that there are just too many people already in the guild and unless someone dies, she’ll never get into the guild. She leaves with her hopes drowned. Outside, two knights approach her and tell her their names, Gawain and Agravain. She asks, “As in the tales of King Arthur?” They tell her that that is exactly who they are and that she needs to come with them because she is to be the mother of the next Merlin. Of course, she thinks they are crazy because the tales of King Arthur are just a story not real life. Plus, she cannot be seen walking with two unknown men or she will be thrown out of her home. Master Rufus threw out Gilda, one of the other apprentices, just for walking home from Mass with a young man. Now, she worked in a brothel. They tell her they need to protect her from the MODs, Minions of Death, who will take her to Morgen. Seren thought they had lost their minds so she ran from them. A gorgeous knight in black on a black horse saved her. He held out his hand and pulled her up on the horse. They race towards the woods with the other two knights chasing behind them. Seren believes she has been saved until the gorgeous knight whispers something in a strange language and the gargoyle decoration on the bridle comes to life to go after the two knights behind them. The black knight tells her to sleep and she instantly falls asleep. Kerrigan is the black knight. After she falls asleep, he turns around and yells to Gawain and Agravain and tells them, “She is ours.” And then tells them to have Merlin hand over what he wants or the woman will die. Kerrigan takes her to Camelot which is in another dimension where he is king and champion. He started out life as a poor child whose mother was a prostitute who berated and abused him. He had to steal to eat and when his mother tried to sell his body to some of her clients, he killed her. When the authorities found out, they chased him into the woods where he found a sword embedded into a boulder. No, not Excalibur but Caliburn, a sword created by the fey to channel the darker powers. Kerrigan was able to pull the sword from the boulder. Morgen appeared to him and promised that he could be king of Camelot blah blah blah and he agreed. As long as Kerrigan hold Caliburn, he is immortal. If he gets the round table from Merlin like he wants, he could be even more powerful than Morgen which isn’t really a good thing because Kerrigan is just as evil as Morgen, or at least, that is what everyone says. Morgen seems a lot more evil. She plays evil games and loves to be cruel. I didn’t see that in Kerrigan. I just saw a man who wanted to keep his power because he never wanted to be poor or helpless again. This is a story about a peasant woman taming a dark lord. Seren was just too innocent and good for me to really get into her. I liked the idea of the story but it was just okay for me. I am currently reading the second book of Lords of Avalon but I am so bored with it that I haven’t finished it. I read a few pages and then find other things to do. This has never happened before while reading anything by Sherrilyn Kenyon and I feel bad for saying it but it is true. www.paranormalromanceslut.com

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ang -PNR Book Lover Reviews

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Sword of Darkness (Lords of Avalon) By Kinley MacGregor, aka Sherrilyn Kenyon 4 Stars Read by PNR Book Lover Reviews Wow, I was so excited to jump into this world. I was not disappointed at all. Just like the Dark hunters this world was epic, and confusing and I am so great full for Sherri’s website so I can look up names and such. I enjoyed this story, the writing was so good (of course it was going to be) I enjoyed that the romance was not a major factor, I mean it was there but it was all about a Sword of Darkness (Lords of Avalon) By Kinley MacGregor, aka Sherrilyn Kenyon 4 Stars Read by PNR Book Lover Reviews Wow, I was so excited to jump into this world. I was not disappointed at all. Just like the Dark hunters this world was epic, and confusing and I am so great full for Sherri’s website so I can look up names and such. I enjoyed this story, the writing was so good (of course it was going to be) I enjoyed that the romance was not a major factor, I mean it was there but it was all about all the awesome characters, and the plot of the story about good and evil. We have magic, demons and what happened after King Arthur ruled, I love that Sherri creates worlds that draw you in and takes you on epic adventures in a different lifetime. I enjoyed everything that this book is about, and that the characters now are a part of the Dark Hunter universe.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    Overall liked it. However my feelings peaked about halfway through the book. I loved the initial getting together phase, where you learned the characters backgrounds and Seren broke down Kerrigans barriers. So many sweet scenes with him wanting yet fighting, and his battle for control was heart wrenching to watch. After that, the action carried the rest of the book through an interesting and unique story. But I felt like the romance fizzled. My heart did break towards the end when Kerrigan was te Overall liked it. However my feelings peaked about halfway through the book. I loved the initial getting together phase, where you learned the characters backgrounds and Seren broke down Kerrigans barriers. So many sweet scenes with him wanting yet fighting, and his battle for control was heart wrenching to watch. After that, the action carried the rest of the book through an interesting and unique story. But I felt like the romance fizzled. My heart did break towards the end when Kerrigan was telepathically sharing his escape adventures with Seren. I’d consider continuing with the series if I came across them but they wouldn’t be a priority. I didn’t love all the futuristic references (well, to us, present time references I guess haha) Still I give ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lesley Taylor

    I just love Sherrilyn Kenyon books. The characters just come alive and there is always an element of amusement too. Can't wait to read the next! I just love Sherrilyn Kenyon books. The characters just come alive and there is always an element of amusement too. Can't wait to read the next!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Joanne

    This book is what MacGregor does best the tortured hero. I am still not sure how this fits in with the Dark Hunter books I guess I will have to keep reading to find out.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jackie

    Kinley MacGregor really outdid herself on this book page after page I could not wait to find out what was going to happen. I fell in love with kerrigan and Seren story. I have read this book twice and love it I have also read the second book Knight of darkness but the first book is still my favorite. 💕💘💕

  30. 5 out of 5

    PepperP0t

    The opening line may well have been... come with me gentle reader to a time of swords in stones, magic and a man named Kerrigan. When Camelot fell to the evil Morgan things changed and a sword, Caliburn, along with its scabbard gives its wielder immortality and invincibility. Peasant, liar and thief, Kerrigan's ability to pull the evil fey sword from the stone saves him from pursuers and fulfills its promise. Aligning himself with Morgen makes him the evil king of evil Camelot and the scourge of The opening line may well have been... come with me gentle reader to a time of swords in stones, magic and a man named Kerrigan. When Camelot fell to the evil Morgan things changed and a sword, Caliburn, along with its scabbard gives its wielder immortality and invincibility. Peasant, liar and thief, Kerrigan's ability to pull the evil fey sword from the stone saves him from pursuers and fulfills its promise. Aligning himself with Morgen makes him the evil king of evil Camelot and the scourge of Arthur's knights as they battle for dominion of the legendary round table. Aspiring seamstress Seren is refused status by the guild and is approached by Gawain and Agravain of Arthurian legend. They tell her she's to mother the next Merlin and must be protected but Seren believes they intend to steal her virtue. She thwarts their plan and changes fate by escaping the safety of their clutches and runs headlong to Kerrigan. He swept her off her feet for himself and Morgen. Kerrigan warns Seren he's evil incarnate as she touches his lost humanity, a crone advises Seren how to escape the realm and the fate before her and Seren thinks she's confused in her own nightmare. The conceit of time travel isn't used to a great advantage here for this reader's taste when they only brought INXS cd's and correctly used modern phrases that look ridiculous on the page. A confusing mess Rating:3stars

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