‘Imagine discovering that your ancestors are from King Arthur’s court and that you are expected to find a way back in time to Camelot, defeat the evil Queen, Morgana Pendragon, and return the rightful heir to the throne, all while trying to pass the 11th grade. That is exactly what happens to 17-year-old Michael Merlin and his friends.’
Al Ford takes you along for the ride as six high school friends set out on a remarkable journey that will allow them to experience the power of redemption, the discovery of purpose, and the joy of friendship … with a little magic thrown in.
Heirs of the Round Table
From the opening pages, I found Al Ford’s work brave. Taking a well-known, historical story and twisting it into something very much your own takes a special kind of knack. Some believe it to be a risky move – it’s the type of thing that more often than not divides opinion – but when done well it can lead to something wonderful and refreshing.
When I was younger, the BBC adapted the story of King Arthur in Merlin. It was a popular show for all ages, and definitely one of my favourites, and so I was very much intrigued by Heirs of the Round Table and what it could bring to the (no pun intended) table.
Switching between the past and present day, the story focuses around seventeen-year-old Michael Merlin and his two friends, Wesley and Anna, as they hope to reunite the Heirs and assume their rightful place together to reclaim Camelot. Full of magic, mystery and high school, it brings a pleasant and thoroughly well executed twist to the original story, adding a touch of contemporary adventure and romance along the way.
Ford tackles a diverse range of topics and characters, successfully managing to give each Heir a unique voice and personality, without juggling overly chunky dialogue, and does well in showing even the most dislikable of characters can be redeemable in someway or another.
My favourite character is Lacy. Throughout the book I believe she overcomes the most, from bullying, to self-harm to finally finding a place she feels she belongs and fighting for her beliefs and her friends. Her quirky, yet blunt, personality stands out for me personally amongst all other characters.
I’d recommend this book to those who enjoyed the Merlin series, those who love a modern twist on classic history, and to readers of young-adult books such as Percy Jackson.
I am very much looking forward as to what comes next from Ford, whether this story will continue to progress – it would be very interesting to see what unfolds for these lovable characters next – or if there is something new in the works.
My overall rating for Heirs of the Round Table is a solid 4/5 – with twists and turns, it is easy to get lost in the world Ford has created, and if you enjoy the experience of reading a book from start to finish in one sitting, this is definitely the one for you.
‘A captivating book from the very beginning! It’s a well-written book that subtly delivers more than just a great story! This is an enthralling tale of friendship, forgiveness, redemption, and purpose!’ M.C. Amazon Customer.
‘This book is perfect for young adults or young-at-heart adults. The excitement of the magical journey pulled me in and I didn’t want to put the book down. The characters are relatable from their attachment to there smart phones, fondness for junk food, to the butterflies they feel around their crush. I haven’t done much reading related to King Arthur or Camelot before, and I liked that it wasn’t a requirement to follow the story. I’d recommend the book to anyone who loves a good adventure. I’m anxiously awaiting the release of the next part in the tale!’ A.Y. Amazon Customer.
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