Review: Sword by Realm Lovejoy (The Necessary Bridge with No Progress)

Posted January 31, 2016 by Sophia

Review: Sword by Realm Lovejoy (The Necessary Bridge with No Progress)

Review: Sword by Realm Lovejoy (The Necessary Bridge with No Progress)Sword by Realm Lovejoy
Le Fay #2
Other Books: Grail, Spear
Published by Self-Published on November 10, 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Retellings, Young Adult
Format: eBook
Source: Author

Evil lurks. Camelot sits, vulnerable. The fate of a future king hangs in the balance.

After surviving a string of brutal trials, sixteen-year-old Morgan le Fay is an official member of Camelot. But beneath its shining façade, Camelot is a crumbling government where loyalties are divided.

Nobody believes Morgan’s suspicions that enemies are closing in. Prince Arthur, a boy more interested in playing video games than ruling, will not listen to her, and neither will Lancelot, Camelot’s head of security. Even Morgan's friend Merlin refuses to take action.

When Morgan discovers that someone is plotting to assassinate the future king, she must take her destiny—and his—into her own hands. With the sword Excalibur beckoning in the distance, Morgan embarks on a seemingly impossible mission. And before her journey ends, everyone will know what she is truly capable of . . .

In this second book in the LE FAY series, author Realm Lovejoy takes readers deep into the heart of a splintering Camelot.


Praise for the first book in the LE FAY series, Henge:

"Camelot meets Hogwarts meets Panem in this intriguing, well-written beginning to a planned YA series."--Kirkus Reviews

A copy of the book was provided for review purposes - thank you! Receiving a copy does not guarantee a positive review and therefore does not affect the opinion or content of the review.

Sword is the second book to Realm Lovejoy’s Le Fay series, occurring shortly after Arthur’s Round in Camelot reveals the Maven. When I compare the sequel to Henge, I’m not a huge fan of Sword – the book has a few good parts and bad parts that causes me to favor the first book over the second book.

Lovejoy first captivated me into the series with her modernization of Arthurian folklore – Camelot is integrated within the real world with technology and just comes across in the novel as something completely normal and acceptable by the rest of the world. Sword, however, doesn’t really introduce us to anything new world-wise aside from a few new places within Camelot (dungeons are cool?) and Avalon.

Just like in the first book, Morgan is an ambitious person who will do anything to try and reach her goals. Much grief and questioning ensue when she doesn’t get what she wants, but she ultimately decides it’s not exactly the end of the world if she isn’t chosen as Arthur’s Maven as her visions determined. Morgan decides to take action into her own hands when she discovers that Arthur might potentially be in danger from a group called The Luminaries, who are trying to look for her for some reason. Everyone else chooses not to believe her or take her words into consideration and assume she’s a little crazy in the head primarily because she didn’t get the honor of being Maven.

In all honesty, just an injection of pity party for Morgan. But I like her good intentions, so I’m going to stick around and see if she becomes more batzy crazy sometime in the next few books. However, in the case of discovering something a lot more about Morgan’s past, not much will be revealed, and anything revealed continues to shroud Morgan in a mystery.

Overall, Sword feels more like a bridge between the first and third book in the series – not exactly a novella, not exactly a progression either. But not having Sword between the two books wouldn’t work either because the book unveils a few new plot twists towards the end that will leave readers interested in following the series into the third book and possibly beyond.

Sophia started blogging in February 2012 for the hell of it and is surprisingly still around. She has a GIF for nearly everything, probably listens to too much K-Pop and is generally in an existential crisis of sorts (she's trying her best). In 2020, she graduated with a Bachelor's in Communications and minor in Women's Studies. More of her bookish reviews and K-pop Roundups can be found at The Arts STL.

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