YA-book review: Legendary by L.H. Nicole

Legendary is a book by a new to me author and it’s a story about one of my weaknesses: Arthurian themes. So when I saw this book on Netgalley, I just couldn’t not request it. After reading it, it would have been better if I did. It wasn’t that the book was terribly horrible, but rather that it has a lot to live up to and failed live up to expectations.

In short, there is a great big hero (in this case the Destined One) who has a quest, instant love and a perfect character and the pitfall of every Young Adult story: a love triangle.

Our main character is Aliana who’s grown up on stories of King Arthur and his knights and a desire to find Avalon. The story really starts when she does find Avalon and learns she has to go on this epic quest. No pressure there. Along the way she meets of with quite the cast of characters. Some likable, some not, but all – apart from the established characters – suffered from totally unfitting names that just didn’t quite blend with the rest. The naming felt too forced to me.

The bones of the story is not bad and this story could have been great, but Aliana is a character that fails to meet up to expectation. She nears mary Sue-ish regions too much for me to like her as a character with such a great destiny and in the company of such big names. She comes across as a character who is flawed, but then she ticks all the right hero-boxes.

The part that didn’t help much either was that the writing was too much on the amateuristic side for me. It was too obvious, to starry and too stiff and forced. There was too much telling and not experiencing the story and too many infodumps. Because of that the author failed to really draw me into the story. It’s definitely not the first time, I don’t like a female lead, but did like the story. For Legendary there was too many factors combined for me to like the story.

To be fair, there are a lot of great books to live up too and I do liked the idea of the story, just not the execution. It could be that I’ve become too jaded for the young adult genre and there will probably be readers out there who love this, it just didn’t work for me.

Legendary Book Cover Legendary
L.H. Nicole
young adult, fantasy, romance
Omnific Publishing
February 25, 2014
A copy was provided through Netgalley

Aliana Fagan spent her childhood traveling the world, dreaming of legendary heroes and mythical lands. But after the sudden death of her parents, she hides behind the safety of her camera and her art until a vivid recurring dream compels her to dig into her father's research about Avalon and Camelot. When she is hurled into a magical realm by forces she thought were only the stuff of fairy tales, she finds herself thrown into an adventure she could never have imagined. Nearly everything she thought she knew about Arthurian legend was wrong. The independent eighteen-year-old is shocked to find that the people of Avalon think that she is the Destined One, the only person who can summon King Arthur back to life from his hidden chamber. Most surprising of all is that it's up to her to lead the Knights of the Round Table on an epic quest-an adventure that will transport them across the seven magic realms to reclaim all that has been lost so they can defeat the evil Mordrid for good. But first, she must bring the ancient warriors into her world and reunite them with their lost brothers. Chaperoning the legendary knights-with-a-chivalry-complex as they navigate the modern world is a constant challenge, and she certainly never thought she'd be caught between her intense feelings for the noble Sir Galahad and her growing friendship with the King. To fulfill the prophecy, Aliana will have to discover the meaning of friendship, bravery, loyalty, true love, and forgiveness. But can she do it all in time to save the realms from Mordrid's impending Armageddon

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