Welcome to the October 8th book review stop on the blog tour for Goddess in Time by Adriadne LeFox, organized by Silver Dagger Book Tours. Be sure to follow the rest of the tour for more features and a giveaway! (More on that at the end of this post.)
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Goddess in Time
Women of Time (Collaborative Series)
by Adriadne LeFox
Genre: Historical Fiction, Fantasy
Page Count: 202
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Myths and Legends have always inspired me. I especially love the King Arthur legends. The knights, ladies, valor, chivalry, and trust between them. I have never been one to trust easily, but with these legends, I feel like I am a part of their world somehow. As a college student, I chose to study these myths and legends because I want to find out if they are real or not.
So my journey began, by traveling to England. I have heard there is a professor there who has found the remains of what used to be Arthur’s castle. What I actually find when I get there is more than just the remains of a castle, it is the start of a new adventure.
In a land of myth and magic, what awaits me is more than I could have ever imagined…
My Rating: 4 Stars
Goddess in Time is exactly what I had expected to read when Signe Pike’s The Forgotten Kingdom was described as “Outlander meets King Arthur:” a modern woman sent back in time to aid King Arthur. What a coincidence that a month after reviewing Pike’s novel I would come across the book I had expected to read! To briefly summarize the hook of the story: Nearly 21-year-old Kaylee Frost is an anthropology student at Harvard. When her thesis supervisor sends her on a reading break trip to the UK to work with a team of archaeologists investigating a possible Arthurian site, fairy lights appear above what an inspector has assured her is “a perfectly normal alkaline lake” and pulls her back in time at the bidding of Vivienne, the Lady of the Lake. It’s time to wake the Once and Future King, and for reasons she’ll discover along the way, the task is Kaylee’s alone.
I always love experiencing a fresh adventure slotted comfortably into the familiar lore of Arthurian legend, and in that way, this book did not disappoint. It moves quickly, features all the familiar faces one would expect to see in an Arthurian story, and presents a new hurdle for the knights to overcome. With that said, it’s also quite formulaic and predictable, so it may not appeal to readers looking for a more unique plot.
I appreciate the naming choice for the main character, Kaylee, as this name would not sound odd to fifth or sixth-century citizens of the British isles. (Though if any of the literates wrote it down it would probably be Kaleigh or something similar.) I like how confident and witty Kaylee is, and how she refuses to bend to the much more strictly patriarchal society she’s been thrust into, though I doubt all of her modern quips and insults landed as intended. I do, however, feel compelled to say that since Kaylee professed her hatred of horses early on in the book, she and I cannot be friends.
Although the characters in this book are all adult ages and there’s very little “new adult” category theming here to make it a new adult book, it lacks the depth and sophistication of a typical adult fantasy novel. I would compare the writing/reading level to YA titles. It also definitely features the notorious YA romance trope known as “insta-love.” By the end of the book, only a few short weeks after the start, Kaylee has managed to catch feelings for multiple male characters. For those who enjoy the insta-love trope, then this book may be a perfect fit. My criticism is less that Kaylee falls in love quickly, but rather that her love is returned by well known Arthurian characters who either shouldn’t be interested (this is pointed out in the book for one and ignored for another) or who should still be in love with someone else.
This book is a perfect quick, light read. Although this book is definitely longer than a novella at over 200 pages print length, I flew through it in a couple of hours. (Again, more of a YA level despite the character ages.) If you’re looking for an easy read with time travel, Arthurian familiarity, romance, and girl power, you may want to consider this title.
Adriadne/Sybella is a mom of two little heathens and two furry cats where she lives in Oregon where she started her writing hobby at 11. When she isn’t writing, she is hiking the many trails, visiting graveyards, and plotting death and dismemberment.
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