Camelot Burning by Kathryn Rose
Genre: Historical Fiction/Fantasy
Recommended Age: 12 and up
What it’s About:
Seventeen-year-old Vivienne lives in a world of knights and ladies, corsets and absinthe, outlaw magic and alchemical machines. By day, she is lady-in-waiting to the future queen of Camelot--Guinevere. By night, she secretly toils away in the clock tower as apprentice to Merlin, the infamous recovering magic addict.
Then she meets Marcus, below her in class, destined to become a knight, and just as forbidden as her apprenticeship with Merlin. When Morgan le Fay, the king's sorceress sister, declares war on Camelot, Merlin thinks they can create a metal beast powered by steam and alchemy to defeat her. But to save the kingdom, Vivienne will have to risk everything--her secret apprenticeship, her love for Marcus, and her own life.
Yay! I finished another book on my TBR! *applause for me*
Anyways...this book was a really good read. I found it very enjoyable and got into it quite easily. I didn’t want to put it down and wouldn’t have if I hadn’t been reading in school.
Vivienne is a normal heroine. She wants to do things for herself. Her brother, Owen constantly wants her to leave when he is talking to fellow squires and knights. He doesn’t believe half of the conversations are fit for a lady which she often shoves off. She also insists on fighting in the battle for Camelot. She is a heroine who actually wants to be a heroine and doesn't want to leave the fate of everything in a bunch of tin men [sorry knights :( ]
One thing I didn’t like however was the fact that she fell in ‘love’ too fast with Marcus (a squire). Yes, sure he’s attractive but maybe she should have tuned it down a bit and not have been falling in love with someone she’d only seen once or twice.
Luckily, no love triangle which sometimes annoys me to the point of me wanting to throw my book off of a roof and then have someone trampel it. [Okay, maybe not that much. But you get the idea].
You have to pick up this book and give it a try because who doesn’t love a little bit of Camelot?
My Rating: Four Point Five Out of Five Stars