Hi, I’m Arthur Merlin. I used to be an ordinary guy, until a freak accident changed my life. Now my friends are afraid of me, and so am I. See, I developed superpowers: telepathy, pyrokinesis and telekinesis, to name a few.
The US government wanted to control me. But how do you control someone who can teleport anywhere he wants to in a blink of an eye? Fed up with their shenanigans, I headed for the Institute of Psychic Research in London.
But something is pulling me; calling me, and I don’t know what. I ended up at Lake George, where sightings of The Lady of the Lake and Excalibur have been reported. With the help of Dr. Burns and Commander Dobie, we uncovered the secrets of the lake, but they’re more than anyone imagined.
What would I sacrifice to save the world from Excalibur?
READERS’ FAVORITE REVIEWS:
Reviewed By Michelle Stanley – 5 stars
I have read several adaptations of King Arthur, but The Secret of Excalibur is a fast-paced, urban fantasy by Sahara Foley. She has created a sci-fi theme that is intriguing, and the main characters – who are not afraid to speak their minds or express their feelings – narrate it. She writes very nicely and allows all her characters to participate in the drama, whether it is a big scene or a minor one. This strengthened the story, which has witty dialogue and adventure. Just when you get comfortable with the events unfolding, Sahara Foley pulls another creative twist without warnings or previous hints that divert The Secret of Excalibur onto a new route. Although the conclusion is unexpected as well, I still liked it and recommend this entertaining book.
Reviewed By Maria Beltran – 5 stars
If you come to think of it, Sahara Foley, author of The Secret of Excalibur, is a literary magician. It’s a wonderful page turner right from the beginning: when a cocky yet endearing Arthur Merlin exhibits his superpowers, it makes us want to read more. She writes a very compelling narrative, tickling the fancy of adult readers – it almost feels like she brings back the magical air of childhood stories in The Secret of Excalibur. It’s an adventure readers will not want to miss out on. The characters in this book are well defined and the main protagonist is easy to empathize with, that is, many of us would like to be transformed from an average human being into one with special abilities who can save the world. Extremely consistent with a clear theme, this book is certainly an enjoyable read!
Reviewed By Paula Tran – 4 stars
I like the idea of having Arthur, one of the protagonists, to be a special character. His ability to perform numerous supernatural phenomena is impressive and eye opening. It is even described in the novel as such. Not only are his powers well developed, so is his personality. He is goofy and funny, something that readers can relate to.
The plot itself is also well written and deserves praise. I like how the author purposely switches between viewpoints throughout, giving both sides of the story and adding suspense as well. As such, its clear that the author is switching POVs, using either line breaks or different chapters entirely. Well done for not leaving readers hanging!
There is one thing that really bothers me and that is Arthur seems perfect. Sure, he did accidentally burn someone and had some bad days here and there, but he should have more flaws. He can go anywhere undetected, manipulate anyone, and bend things to his will. Making him more realistic will give him a vital flaw that adds to his character. This makes him much more interesting and readers will surely like him more.
SELF-PUBLISHING REVIEW – 4 STARS
“It’s the 1980s. His name is Arthur Merlin, and he’s on a quest for Excalibur.
When an accident goes very, very awry, one young man walks away better than ever before. He can control things with his mind, teleport, and more. When the US government wants this young man found, he makes his way to London to find out more, with the assistance of a secret branch of the MIs. But what exactly is Excalibur, and how dangerous is it in the wrong hands? Find out in The Secret of Excalibur by Sahara Foley.
The legend of King Arthur has been given a modern twist as the folk-tale is transmuted into an urban fantasy setting, giving the story a whole new edge. The tiring possibilities the concept raises are clearly noted by the author, who attempted to assuage those doubts early on with an infectious kind of absurdist humor. The idea is silly, and the Foley isn’t here to tell you otherwise – she’s here to ride that wave and steer the story in a way that it can embrace that while becoming something more.
The characters are mismatched, yet have a great chemistry and a lot of unexpected depth. The plot is metered and springs unexpected turns that just really work, even the really, really unexpected ones. The book is odd, and it just works, really going above expectations from what a quick blurb can give you.
The characters are a bit tell-don’t-show, as they constantly narrate their situations with an unrelenting sense of humor that can find itself ill-placed. In return, the story tries to take serious turns that are frequently unravelled by the comedic bent the author has established throughout. If the book had fully committed to farce or to a straight-faced drama this would not have been an issue, instead of walking a very fine line without enough discipline to stay on-point.
It’s also unclear whether this is meant to be aimed at a young adult audience or above with its very scattershot references and this unsteady balance of seriousness. The attempt is admirable, and if only the gambit had paid off we would have something to really blow your socks off; alas, The Secret of Excalibur draws just a little short on these points.
The book is genuinely enjoyable when willing to simply enjoy the ride. It certainly has its share of critical failings, yet the bottom line is that it’s cracking good fun. It’s a silly story that draws on all sorts of different sources to make a lightly absurd urban fantasy that really tickles your funny bone without becoming too exhausting or overplaying the comedy. It’s clear that the author had a lot of fun writing the book, which easily transfers from the page to any receptive reader. It’s hard to fault anything that really is so fun to get into, groan-inducing as it can be here and there. It’s King Arthur meets James Bond and Foley hits the right notes in the mix.”
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