March 23, 2010

"Merlin's Harp" Blog Tour & Giveaway!

Merlin's Harp
By: Anne Eliot Crompton
Published: First published in 1995, re-published March, 2010 by FIRE (Sourcebooks)



Book Synopsis:

When I was yet a very young woman I threw my heart away. Ever since then I have lived heartless, or almost heartless, the way Humans think all Fey live.

Among the towering trees of magical Avalon, where humans dare not tread, lives Nivienne, daughter of the Lady of the Lake. Her people, the Fey, are folk of the wood and avoid the violence and greed of man. But the strife of King Arthur’s realm threatens even the peace of Avalon. And while Merlin the mage has been training Niviene as his apprentice, he now needs her help to thwart the chaos devouring Camelot. Nivienne’s special talents must help save a kingdom and discover the treachery of men and the beauty of love…

My Thoughts:

Seeing I'm near the very end of the tour, I'm going to try and keep my "thoughts" short and sweet.  I was so excited to get my hands on this book! Everything about it said "ME".  The Knights of the Round Table, Merlin and Magic all told by a woman and not just any woman, a Fey? I counted the days until my book came.  But, as I waited and read many reviews that were less than flattering to say the least, I began to worry.  What would I do if I hyped it up too much in my mind?

So, here's the deal.  Nivienne, is the daughter of the Lady of the Lake, and when her very dear friend  Merlin is counting on her to help fight alongside the humans, she's not so sure.  See, as a fey, she's always wanted to steer clear of humans and their greed.  It was like asking her to fight with someone she already thought an enemy?  Why would one do that? Well, if they lost, Nivienne loses her home as well.  The beautiful forest that she's always known as home. 

Many reviewers that I highly respect found that the language was too "flowery for them", many couldn't get into it and the majority found it to be a slow read.  I was amazed at how well I know myself and what I know I'll like.  I thought the language was beautiful and actually quite poetic. I loved how Anne Elliot Crompton took the legend and made a unique version of the story her own without losing the actual classic story.  I do want to say that if you have knowledge of the original story, it will make it easier for you to follow.  I also want to make it known that this book could easily be a YA/Adult crossover. I feel some younger YA may not know the original story and most adults will.  I thought it was amazing.  The Fey lore is perfect and just so spot-on!  I'm absolutely glad I took a chance with this book and am giving it four tiaras!  Why four and not five if I liked it so much? The characters, I wish I could've known a little more about the characters within this story.

So? Is this book for you? I've got one copy to give away...you decide for yourself!

Read Chapter One - HERE!

Back Cover:

Nivienne never thought she'd be in direct contact with barbaric Humans - let alone help them. She's only heard stories of the evil that occurs outside the forest. But her dear friend Merlin has brought word that Arthur's kingdom - where Humans dwell - is threatened by the Saxons. If Nivienne doesn't help it, it could be the end for her own peaceful home. Nivienne must now learn to trust the Humans and her heart. Even more difficult than going to war alongside your enemies is discovering you are falling in love with them.

I have ONE copy of Merlin's Harp to Giveaway!  You can make your own decision. Is it too flowery or does it take Arthurian Legend and turn it into something unique and the author's own?


This has been a part of the TEEN FIRE MERLIN'S HARP BLOG TOUR.  I did receive a copy of the book from the publisher, so that I may give an honest and accurate review according to my own opinion. I was not monitarily compensated in any way.

MERLIN'S HARP GIVEAWAY!!

Rules

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79 comments:

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  7. I've been contemplating reading this for so long. Glad you liked it! And glad to hear she didn't loose the original story. That's always a killer for me.

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  9. Great review. I definitely wanna read this now. I did read some other negative reviews, but yours has restored my faith.

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  12. I love to read about Arthurian time periods!! It fascinates me..

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  20. Please include me in your giveaway. I'm very excited about this book. I love stories like this. I also will pass this on to friends who love books like I do. Thank you so much.
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  55. subscribed to email! (am is uppose to leave a cmt for each entry? am i suppose to leave 5 cmts for GFC, 20 for following on twitter etc..) j/w :) Please let me know, nonetheless subscribing on EMAIL :D

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  57. I cant enter the contest, but great review. I love the cover and I do want to read this book.

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