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An Exciting New Entry in the King Arthur Mythology

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King Arthur and I are friends, I’ve let myself indulge in probably too many of his tales through various types of media. When I got my hands of King of Ages: A King Arthur Anthology I was excited. Have multiple perspectives and going through time in reverse was a unique and interesting concept to me.

All 13 stories had something to add and each author had their own flair. Each tale stayed true to the tragedy that is the King Arthur mythology. Being able to experience it in different time periods was exceptional. These weren’t singular tales of Arthur and his Knights of the Round, the various incarnations of Arthur and his trusted seer Merlin learned and changed. The character’s were adequately represented through their short stories as being real people with ambitions, loyalty, and love. Some of the twists inside the novel are engaging and unexpected. If it sounds vague it’s because I don’t want to spoil it.

Admittedly the tales that were closer to King Arthur’s middle ages captured my interest the most. I believe it is because the romanticism of the age and the mythology of which he and Merlin represent. Two of my favorite tales involved Arthur as a swashbuckling pirate captain and another where he was a Viking leader. Both of the scenario’s seemed true to character and contributed to his mythology.

One of the most unique tales involves Arthur as a woman in the 1900’s organizing labor. It showed a more down to earth side to the king and represented him (or her in this case) as a champion of the people. It veered away from Arthur’s combat heavy history and really focused on character development and trust.

If you are a fan of the King Arthur Mythology I highly recommend the anthology. If you are a fan of Sci-Fi and Fantasy I highly recommend the anthology as well. If your thing is romance novels and biographies…maybe steer clear. Even then, branch out, you never know what may sway your desires.

King of Ages: A King Arthur Anthology

Christa Yelich-Koth’s Illusion is a fantastic entry into a new Galaxy!

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Eomix Galaxy Books: ILLUSIONEomix Galaxy Books: ILLUSION by Christa Yelich-Koth
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Christa Yelich-Koth’s Illusion is a Sci-Fi novel that keeps things ‘down to earth’. Instead of focusing on the broader setting she focuses on a few key characters and their interaction with the world and within themselves. Giving us a sneak peek at the broader world of the Eomix Galaxy keeps the reader interested in it’s mysteries. The alien races, technology, and political interactions are engaging but take a place on the back burner of this tale. Appropriately so.

Building on unique and interesting characters Christa does not leave the readers with one-note or cliche tropes. The people in this story are dynamic and realistic, they experience pain and pleasure, they desire love and acceptance, they have deep scars which trouble and influence their decisions. Her main characters Daith, a woman trying to solve her own mysteries, Dru, the man helping to guide her through it, and Trey, a man that’s extremely driven, will keep the pages turning.

There are some fantastic elements in the novel driven by gifts, or powers, but Yelich-Koth does a great job of managing the scenes and the reality of them. I have found in many Sci-Fi and Fantasy novels that powers, magic, etc…can be difficult to understand, read, or are too complex. She does a fine job of relaying to the reader what is happening as well as the consequences of such things.

With a prolific world, deep characters, and a mysterious background Christa Yelich-Koth introduces an exciting new series into the world of literature. If you’re a fan of Sci-Fi or Fantasy I highly recommend it. If you’re not, I still recommend it, it’s amazing what a good author can do to sway your interests.

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