(My Merlin, #2)
By: Priya Ardis
Release Date: June 12th, 2012
Genre(s): YA Fantasy/Mythology/Romance
My Review: (5/5 stars*)
My Merlin Awakening is an incredibly thrilling sequel. It's full of adventure as well as tons of mythological creatures. Ryan DuLac is immersed deeper into Arthurian legend. Ryan's character grows even more into the warrior she was meant to be as the wielder of Excalibur. I could not for the life of me put this book down, I tried my best to finish it slowly so as to savor its exciting story but failed epically and devoured the book in two days time during every waking second I wasn't busy. This book will intrigue you from start to finish. The tone transforms from something light into something a bit darker ever so subtly which pushes the story into a whole different direction. Although there is a visible love-triangle yet again between the two wizarding brothers it does not diminish the overlaying story which is amazing. You also get to peek behind the curtain of Merlin and Vivane's past which is a satisfying aspect to see how it's affected both their future actions. Overall an extremely enjoyable read. A guilty pleasure for anyone who loves Merlin and enjoys a nice spin on things. Priya Ardis is amazing and has yet again outdone herself with this sequel.
Arriane "Ryan" DuLac is still dealing with the emotional aftermath of Merlin "Matt" coming out as the sword bearer of Excalibur and legendary wizard Merlin. Matt exposed himself to the world to protect her secret. But Ryan is still the chosen one who wields Excalibur whether she is in denial or not. Ryan returns to her home to try and lead a normal life after learning the truth but finds it difficult when Vivane returns with her. She's also still connected to Merlin which means she sees his visions-and they are not good. How can you ignore the future when its flashing before your eyes in what appears to be the end of the world? Ryan is forced into reuniting with her fellow candidates and venturing on a dangerous journey to help Matt and Vane stop what is yet to come. Vane's past catches up to him when they stumble into mermaid territory and must face the consequences of the Fisher King. She must make the most impossible choices and brave death or face destruction. She must prove to herself that she's a champion and not just a regular. Unexpected twists threaten to change everything. Ryan must choose between two brothers and deal with the repercussions.