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In Camelot’s Shadow
by Sarah Zettel

Category: Fiction / Fantasy
384 pages; ISBN: 0373802048

Rating: 9/10  (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Harriet Klausner


In Camelot’s Shadow
Sarah Zettel
Luna, Mar 2004, $13.95, 384 pp.
ISBN: 0373802048

When Risa was about to be born, her father Lord Rygehil, desperate to save the life of his beloved wife Jocosa, receives shelter from a storm from the evil sorcerer Euberacon. However, for his hospitality, the malevolent one demands payment placing a curse on the newborn daughter. Euberacon vowed to collect the debt when the baby was old enough.

That baby is of an age for Euberacon to demand remittance. Refusing to be a pawn, a desperate, Risa flees her home though she believes no place is safe for her. Still with her skills, Risa hopes she can elude the abomination until he becomes wary of chasing after her. When she meets Sir Gawain on his way home to warn King Arthur of a plot to destroy his realm, Risa realizes that Camelot is the ideal locale to avoid Euberacon. However, Euberacon casts his lure to catch his frightened prey even as he employs spells to remove the King and destroy his Knights of the Round Table. Only Risa fighting the spell might save the kingdom, its monarch, and herself from wickedness with no scruples.

Fantasy romance readers will love and appreciate this charming Camelot tale. The superb story line is loaded with intrigue, treachery, romance, sorcery, Arthurian legends, and a vile villain who though completely amoral makes the perfect challenge for the Round Table knights and the courageous heroine. Sarah Zettel effectively takes the risk of writing a rendition of the classic Sir Gawain and the Green Knight story with a terrific Camelot tale that will send readers to the moon seeking the Luna imprints as well as her back list (see the novels of Isavalta).

Harriet Klausner


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