Thursday, November 29, 2018

Book Review: 'The Duke's Curse' by Kylie Stewart

Texas author Kylie Stewart is of Scottish heritage and is a British history buff. After growing up in New York along the St Lawrence River she earned her Master’s of Science in Equine Business from Middle Tennessee State University and worked in the Kentucky Race Horse Industry before turning to her first love of writing and audiobook narrating and voice acting. She also admits to being big into anime as well as the cosplay community. On the working aspect of her writing Kylie has a small library dedicated to Tudor history and is a lover of the Arthurian legends. She also has an intense love of the supernatural, theological, paranormal, and mythological worlds.

Keeping with her passion for legends and this story Kylie shares an introductory note about what makes a legend - Legend is based off King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table. The original story of King Arthur was written by Thomas Malory in 1485 titled: Le Morte D’Arthur. Historians and archeologists have tried to find King Arthur’s resting place or any trace of his seat in Camelot. There is no record the Isle of Avalon ever existed. Others speculate the isle was swallowed by the sea. Myth ties Tintagel Castle, which rests on a peninsula in Cornwall, England, to Arthur’s birthplace and the cave of Merlin. Was Arthur one man or several tales of brave warriors in the Dark Ages put together in a grand design? This series takes on a life of its own with the modern world we know mixed with technology, magic, religion, and of course – love. The quest for King Arthur may never be answered. Perhaps he has better served us as an ideal rather than a man. He is the once and future king.’

Stories of this nature will always be I fashion – we never outgrow our love for myth, legend and the possibility of finding evidence of make-believe in our contemporary world. Kylie ties this all together and the result is a film trying to emerge! Her Prologue works very well in the manner Kylie admixes fiction and legend with the art of living in today.

From the synopsis we read ‘"The truth will set you free…" Alexandria has discovered the truth behind all the lies and posturing. She holds the key to end King Arthur’s curse, but there are other forces at work vying for her attention—and her life. "The lies you hold will bind you…" Avalon’s only hope lies in Alexandria, but he must defend her against Sir Thomas Mordred. Bound by chains of sin and shame, he must fight to the death with his old self to inherit his future. If he loses, it is Alexandria who will pay the ultimate price. Alexandria York knows the truth of her royal past, and her connection to The Duke of Avalon. Now she must accept her past in order to save him from the curse. Avalon has bared his soul to Alexandria. He must put all his faith in the one woman who could ruin him once again. Alexandria must enter into the enemy’s lair in order to obtain the cure for Avalon. Sir Thomas Mordred is not the man he appears to be. Revenge runs thick through his blood, pushing him ever closer to his desire. And that desire includes her. ’

Thankfully this second book is as rich as the initial installment in a series that will most assuredly attract readers who search for the recreation of the magic of legend. With luck Amazon just may transform the finished series into an ongoing television series – it is just that quality of writing. Grady Harp, March 17
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.

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