The Ring and the Crown by Melissa de la Cruz
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I'm usually a huge fan of the Merlin/Arthur legend and its updates but here I was left lukewarm. The alternative history, where the British Empire never fell, including keeping both America and France as part of that upon which the sun never sets, could have been really interesting; instead, we're left with a few comments here and there as the focus is really on what will happen with Marie-Victoria and her upcoming marriage to Leopold of Prussia. Add to that the chapters narrated by Isabella and Aelwyn and you get a bit more of the problem. As the start to a series, it felt like the author was padding a little at the expense of things like Avalon, or the invisible orders.