The Midsummer Wife Book Cover The Midsummer Wife
The Heirs to Camelot Book 1
Jacqueline Church Simonds
Urban Fantasy
Strange Fictions Press
June 24, 2018
264

The reincarnated souls of King Arthur, Merlin, and an anxiety-ridden priestess return to save Britain after a devastating nuclear attack, only to find an old foe: Morgaine.

After a nuclear attack on London that heralds The Time Foretold, Ava Cerdwin, the high priestess in charge of fulfilling a 1,500-year-old prophecy, must assist the heirs of King Arthur and Merlin in healing the devastated country.

The descendants of Britain’s great men of legend have kept the myths and relics for sixty-one generations, but no one is quite clear on what they must do next.

Nothing goes as planned: Ava falls for the wrong heir, the panic attacks are getting worse, the complex obligations of reincarnation are straining old relationships, and Morgaine and her henchwomen are trying to kill them.

Somehow, some way, Ava has to make the Healing happen, or Britain is finished.

The Midsummer Wife, Book One of the Heirs to Camelot is an urban fantasy that combines Arthurian lore, love, and a race to a breathtaking finish.

 

The Midsummer Wife, Book One of the Heirs to Camelot is an urban fantasy that combines Arthurian lore, love, and a race to a breathtaking finish.

Reviewed by Melissa Brus

Member of the Paranormal Romance Review Team

If you thought the legend of King Arthur was just a story you read in a high school English class, then you are in for a treat.  Simonds creates a world where that “legend” is part of a long term plan to change the world.  The descendants of Arthur, Merlin, and the high priestess that loved, and was loved, by them both, are now facing the culmination of centuries of planning.  They are also facing enemies and forces that have been waiting on this moment for their own purposes.  Ava is the anxiety ridden heroine.  Caught again between Ron, the Arthurian descendant, and Harper, the descendant of Merlin, the three not only face the complications of their pasts, but also the post-nuclear reality of Britain.

The urban fantasy elements are well written and draw the reader into this alternate British reality.  The combination of Arthurian legend and a ravaged future land create unique obstacles for our intrepid trio.  The development of the relationships between Ava, Ron, and Harper is intriguing.  And the adventures they face are edge of your seat writing to be sure.  The romance aspect is not as successful for me.  It felt a little stilted and not as seamless as the rest of the narrative.   The book does end in a cliff hanger.  As a die-hard romance fan, these always make me frustrated.  I need my HEA.  This is overall an interesting concept and a well written fantasy novel.  Arthurian Legend fans will not be disappointed in this new addition to their world.