Title Darkness Deceiving (Origins of Morgana Le Fay #2)
Author Jen Pretty
Description from Amazon
Some things are better forgotten…
…but darkness has deceived Morgana long enough.
The life she thought she lived, was all a lie. Merlin changed everything in a heartbeat but now her memories are scattered to the wind. A new life awaits her and Merlin if only she can remember a past that was taken from her for a very dark reason.
Will the past haunt her future?
Or will she fight the hands of fate and realize her future is within her control?
I received the first book in this series from NetGalley and I really enjoyed it. I thought it was a really interesting story about a villain that I didn’t know much about.
Some Things I Liked
- History. Once again, I enjoyed the role that the Romans and Saxons played in this story. Traditionally, I think of King Arthur’s story as myth, and not really grounded in history. So, I really liked to see those elements used in this version.
- Dual timelines. I also really liked that element of the story.
- Merlin’s role. I liked young Merlin in this story. I thought that was also an interesting take on the classic character. He is usually depicted as much older but I liked his age for this story. It felt right.
One Thing I Didn’t Like
- I found myself quite frustrated with Morgana at times. She made such bad decisions and they often led her to more problems. I guess I just want her to get it together and to stop screwing up.
I’d definitely continue with this series. The stories are relatively short and they have an interesting plot line.
I enjoyed this book. I read it all in one sitting and I will continue with the series. This is different than any other King Arthur retelling I have read and I am interested to see more about Morgana’s story.
Recommendations for Further Reading
- Kingdom Cold by Brittni Chenelle – if you enjoy retelling of the legend of King Arthur, definitely give this series a try. Also, the Morgan / Morgana character has a really interesting story.
- Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo – if you enjoy a likable villain, check out this series. The Darkling is one of my all time favorite villains.
- The Guinevere Deception by Kiersten White – if you like unconventional King Arthur retellings, give this new release a try.