ARC Book Review: Camelot Burning

Camelot Burning CoverBook: Camelot Burning by Kathryn Rose

Expected Publication is May 8, 2014 by Flux|Expected Number Of Pages: 397

Where I Got It: from netgalley.com, which hasn’t influenced my review in any way.  Promise!

Series: Metal & Lace #1

Genre: YA Sci-Fi/Fantasy Steampunk Re-Telling Of King Arthur

You can find Camelot Burning on goodreads & Kathryn Rose on twitter and her website

Goodreads Summary: 

By day, Vivienne is Guinevere’s lady-in-waiting. By night, she’s Merlin’s secret apprentice, indulging in the new mechanical arts and science of alchemy. It’s a preferred distraction from Camelot’s gossipy nobility, roguish knights, and Lancelot’s athletic new squire, Marcus, who will follow in all knights’ footsteps by taking a rather inconvenient vow of chastity.

More than anything, Vivienne longs to escape Camelot for a future that wouldn’t include needlework or marriage to a boorish lord or dandy. But when King Arthur’s sorceress sister, Morgan le Fay, threatens Camelot, Vivienne must stay to help Merlin build a steam-powered weapon to defeat the dark magic machine Morgan will set upon the castle. Because if Camelot falls, Morgan would be that much closer to finding the elusive Holy Grail. Time is running out and Morgan draws near, and if Vivienne doesn’t have Merlin’s weapon ready soon, lives would pay the price, including that of Marcus, the only one fast enough to activate it on the battlefield.

What I Thought:

When I first heard about Camelot Burning, I was really intrigued.  A steampunk re-telling of King Arthur is definitely different and unique, and I really like the idea of steampunk and magic colliding.  I didn’t like it as much as I was expecting, but it did more interesting in the last chapter or two.

I think my biggest issue is that I felt like I knew nothing about this Camelot and what it looked like.  Camelot is barely described, and even though Arthur and Guinevere and Lancelot and crew are figures I know, but I feel like I didn’t really get to know any of them at all.  I did feel like I knew a little bit about the world, but even though, it didn’t feel like much.  In comparison to what else we know about about the characters and Camelot, however, it felt like a lot.

I couldn’t tell you anything about what Camelot looks like, and I couldn’t tell you anything about the characters.  But I like that Merlin turned away from magic to mechanical arts and had an apprentice or two. I liked that there were protection spells for Camelot and I liked how the Holy Grail and Avalon were incorporated.

I was slightly disappointed that I truly didn’t get interested until the last chapter or two.  It was a hard book to get through, and I think a lot of it is because there’s no description, which made it hard to picture everything, especially the really cool inventions we saw throughout the book.

I also couldn’t get into the romance.  I just didn’t care about Vivienne or Marcus, and I didn’t particularly if they had their own obstacles to overcome.

Let’s Rate It:

I LOVE the idea of a steampunk version of King Arthur, but Camelot Burning was a hard book to get into.  I felt like everything could have been described so much better, because I felt like I didn’t get to know the characters and I feel like I didn’t really get to know Camelot as a place.  Camelot Burning turned out to be a book that isn’t my cup of  tea, but I may be interested enough to keep reading the rest of the series.  Camelot Burning gets 2 stars.

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