Saturday, December 1, 2018

Book Review: 'Set in Stone' 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! Opening her Prologue in 1854 then jumping forward to 2016 works very well in the manner Kylie admixes fiction and legend with the art of living in today.

From the synopsis we read ‘When Alexandria York is commissioned to create a great statue for the Duke of Avalon, she quickly becomes a rising star in the London art scene. As chemistry grows between them, Alexandria must decide if she will settle for the man she can have or the man she once loved. In this life, his heart is the stone and her love is the sword…The Duke of Avalon has chased his love through the centuries and every time she has jilted him. Tormented by a thousand-year-old curse, Avalon seeks to keep his secret safe while vowing to win Alexandria York. Can he win Alexandria’s trust and protect her from the man after her life? The Legendary King Arthur is cursed to walk the earth alone for a thousand years, only to be thwarted in every attempt to break the bonds that only true love can heal. The key to his freedom is the very woman who jilted him—his queen. Reborn again and again, without any knowledge of her royal past, Alexandria York is now the only woman who can save the King from his terrible fate. Her humble life as a sculptor will change forever when she meets the man so desperately in need of her love and acceptance. When an old flame starts to spark again, Alexandria must make a choice between the man she once loved and the man she could learn to love.’

Thankfully this book is 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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