Indie Author Spotlight Review: Jesikah Sundin and Claire Luana’s The Knights of Caerleon Series

After the nineties, I was kind of done with Arthurian retellings. I haven’t watched any of the latest shows or movies. Then, I pick up this book. It’s told from multiple points of view, but Gwenevere is definitely the protagonist.

I loved the dilemma the authors present both Gwenevere and Arthur and the notions about the time that they challenge. (The authors did their research, folks, and it shows.) They artfully managed to make a tired legend fresh.

I like that Gwenevere was part of the quests and central to the plot, not some woman pining in her bower. Instead of being the woman that divides the knights of the round table, especially Arthur and Lancelot, Gwenevere unites them.

The trilogy is filled with strong world building, characters that feel like real people, not legendary tropes, and a solid storyline. The steamy scenes felt natural to the story and not gratuitous.

I give this series five out of five stars and highly recommend.

©TJDeschamps

Published by TJ Deschamps

Tammy loves to build worlds with words, exploring themes the effect of diaspora on the generations born elsewhere than their ancestors with the backdrop of tech or magic and dragons (sometimes both). These stories are inspired by her own family's immigrant experience. She's queer and many of her characters fall somewhere on the LGBTQIA spectrum (though that is not the focus of her work). She's married to an engineer who dances. Together they are raising three precocious teens in the Seattle suburbs. Two of her children are neurodiverse. Her experiences have taught her much about the world, its beauties and its injustices. All of this comes through in her fiction with a healthy dose of absurd humor.

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