Join American teenagers Megan and Lance as they cross the Pond to do battle with wizards, supernatural soldiers and a secret society determined to -- what else -- take over the world!
Their unlikely quest is led by three comically grumpy and obscene old wizards who seem to get them into more trouble than they get them out of.
This is an eminently well-written and intricately plotted read that will entertain you for hours," says Publishers Daily Reviews."And, as the teen twosome try to navigate the treacherous magical underworld into which they've been thrust, you will be transported with them into a modern-day take on the Arthurian legend.
Lance even comes into possession of the storied blade Excalibur -- which comes in mighty handy as the evil forces converge on them.
In addition to the well-paced adventure that unfolds before your wide eyes, the bickering old wizards add a sometimes hilarious and often R-rated layer of "sophisticated characterization rarely found in YA fiction today," according to the review.
So be ready to pull an all-nighter as you near the end of this five-star teen adventure. It will definitely keep you up far past your bedtime.
Shelby Loebker on The Mind of a Word Nerd wrote:
(I received this book free in exchange for my honest review)
My Rating: 4.5 Stars
I'm a big fan of King Author Retellings and I was giddy to get my hands on this one.
Reading you can tell something big is going to happen, there is dark undertone that puts you on edge. I wan't disappointed. The action was wicked, dark and a little quick for my taste, but still great at the same time. The story telling was spot on, though there are some flash backs that caught me off guard, and made Lace out to be a call ass jerk, but it did make sense in the end.
In all I was impressed with this retelling and I'm hoping there is more to come.
Happy Reading. 🙂
Sam - River Moose on River Moose Reads wrote:
“Black Blade” is a YA fantasy adventure by Alexander Charalambides. It follows young hero Lance and his outgoing best friend Megan as they are thrown from the terrors of high school to a magical quest in Avalon.
Charalambides’ first book falls right in step in the tradition of Rick Riordan’s popular Percy Jackson, with its witty, down-to-earth dialogue, free indirect style, and loose fourth wall. The similarities drew me to the story immediately, and brought out the strongest part of the narrative: the characters.
Lance is the shining element of “Black Blade,” as I’m sure Charalambides intended. When his quest and enchanted weapon is thrust upon him, Lance charges fearlessly into battle, telling Megan, “Look…to be honest, I can’t say I figured this would happen, but it always felt like it should.”
Lance echoes the thought of any young person who has spent their days immersed in stories like his. He is meant for more. There’s adventure waiting for him; he knows it and he craves it. This should be enough to drive the narrative forward and keep Lance on his quest, but other elements are thrown in to further raise the stakes. Most of those decisions were unnecessary to me; they cluttered the lore of the the story and required too much exposition.
The voice does read more like a middle grade story than a YA one, until the introduction of three guide-like figures from Avalon, including one who compulsively curses her way through the book.
The introduction of these three raises other narrative issues, as well. The pace of “Black Blade” requires pithy explanations of events and an almost constant stream of dialogue, but with five regular characters, back and forth dialogue without speech tags quickly becomes confusing.
Charalambides begins POV shifts at this point too, without clarifying time or setting changes, or signifying the switches in any other way. The timeline becomes muddled here, but could easily be fixed with a format that indicated POV jumps. Clarifying these would further shore up the characters, and in turn drive the narrative forward. Everything is connected here, showing that “Black Blade” truly has potential, with clearer movement and cleaner copy.
I give “Black Blade” by Alexander Charalambides 4 / 5 stars. It’s an easy and entertaining read, full of colorful and well-developed characters.
I was sent a e-copy of the book for the tour and this is my honest review.
Black Blade is a great story based of the legends of King Arthur, full of its own unique twists, magic and dark humor.
The characters are all great – they irritating at times, its well written, with the changes in point of view clear and easy to follow.
Its a little slow in places, but an overall good read.