Wendy and Dana review ‘The Twelfth Knight’ (Guardians of Camelot: Book 1) by Victoria Sue. Published October 1, 2019, 251 pages.
Hundreds of years ago, facing defeat, the witch Morgana sent monsters into the future to vanquish a humanity King Arthur wouldn’t be able to save. The King might have won the battle, but now, centuries later, a few chosen men will have to fight the war.
Merlin always hated being named after some mythological wizard. His dad had been obsessed with the magic man of King Arthur’s Court before his untimely death – a loss that had sent Mel reeling in a downward spiral. He is ill-prepared, to say the least, for the outrageous claims of a proper English knight bent on overcoming evil.
Born a commoner, Lancelot was never supposed to be a knight in his own time, never mind now in a modern world he is so woefully untrained to protect. Thrown into a battle centuries in the making, this flawed hero, and a young man too-used to battling monsters of the present day, will have to come together in a last desperate fight to save humanity.
Can Mel and Lance defeat the greatest enemy the world has ever known? Or in the midst of fighting evil, will they discover the real threat has always been a shattered heart?
And what if the one fight they cannot ever hope to win is with themselves?
*A copy of this book was provided in exchange for an honest review
Why Wendy read this book: This is a little bit different from the other books that I’ve read by this author. I’ve loved everything that this author has written and I jumped at the chance to read this story.
I love when authors put their own twist on legends, fairy tales and myths. Camelot, the knights of the round table and King Arthur was always one of my favorite stories. Victoria Sue’s take on this fantasy world is fantastic. Things follow the original story slightly so that you know who the characters are and how they might fit into her world but the rest is a completely new version with twists and turns that keep you on your toes.
Lance is angsty. And stubborn. And doesn’t seem to want to believe the legends that he preaches to others apply to him. I wanted to shake him on more than one occasion and Merlin isn’t at all what you’d expect. There’s insta attraction but the relationship between Lance and his soulmate is a slow burn. The magic is beautifully blended with reality and in a contemporary setting so it’s easy to relate to.
9.5 out of 10 Pots of Gold or 95% recommended
Why Dana read this book: I am a big fan of mythologies and legends and recently saw the movie, The Kid Who Would Be King, so when I saw this book in the Guardians of Camelot series and knew it had to do with Arthurian legend, I eagerly volunteered to read and review it.
This book takes place in the present day and the knights of Camelot who fought alongside Arthur and Merlin have been living for over one thousand years. A spell that Merlin cast granted immortality to the knights and held Morgan and Mordred and their creatures at bay until the knights find their other halves, their Tresors. Once the Tresors are all found a new and final battle will begin. As the first book in this series there is a lot of world building and information introduced.
I definitely felt this story is strong on plot. In this book, Lance (Lancelot) rescues Mel (Merlin) and immediately recognizes him as a Tresor but has doubts about which knight Mel is meant to be with. There is no connection between Mel and the other knights there though he is attracted to Lance. Lance does appear to feel some connection with Mel but for some reason he is in denial. I tried to get in his head a little and figure out why. One possible reason is that Lance was expecting Guinevere. After all legend says that they had a thing when Arthur was king. Though that is debunked and mostly rumors in this book. It is possible it is because Mel is male and Lance isn’t gay, though he has been intimate with men so that doesn’t seem likely either. There is also what Merlin told Lance before the curse started, that once Lance met his mate, that it was the beginning of the new war. In the end, I don’t know what exactly made Lance so bull-headed about it but maybe he just has a stubborn trait.
Though Lance eventually accepts his fate and he and Mel do happily engage in sexy times, it isn’t quite settled for them. There are forces that don’t want the knights to find their happiness. Mel’s life is threatened a few times and there are suspicious side characters that are playing a role in the drama but I’m not sure if they are on the side of Morgan or the knights. There was a good amount of mystery in this book.
I am definitely intrigued by the whole concept of this series and while this book was about Lance and Mel, I expect the future books will be about the other knights and their Tresors. I did enjoy the romance of Lance and Mel but there were times it felt disjointed. I think their characters and their falling for each other could have used a little bit more attention with all the times they seemed to stutter step their way into a relationship. While the romance fell a little short for me, I am very excited about where the series will go from here, and can’t wait to read more.
8/10 Pots of Gold (80% Recommended) – Compares to 4/5 Stars
Victoria Sue fell in love with love stories as a child when she would hide away with her mom’s library books and dream of the dashing hero coming to rescue her from math homework. She never mastered math but never stopped loving her heroes and decided to give them the happy ever afters they fight so hard for.
She loves reading and writing about gorgeous boys loving each other the best—and creating a family for them to adore. Thrilled to hear from her readers, she can be found most days lurking on Facebook where she doesn’t need factor 1000 sun-cream to hide her freckles.