From the moment I got this book into my hands, I knew the author had upped his game. The cover is intense and eye-catching. And then I started to read—– I have enjoyed this series from the first book. I would hand it to anyone over the age of 13 that wanted a great adventure, escape, or to travel to another land. In this, Book 3 – Avalon has entered the real world. The conflict and discourse of the two worlds were realistically portrayed. What happens when your world conflicts with another or totally changes, how would you react? The reader gets to experience several different reactions as well as processes that the characters go through to deal with their new situations. As in previous books of this series, the heart of the book is Lord Bryan MoonDrake, the Gil-Gamesh, and his family. The book ended with a great closure but at the same time left a door slightly ajar for the reader to wonder just what might be coming next!
On a personal note – this author is from my birth state of New Jersey so of course there is a little something extra with all his characters.
It is an island frozen in time and space. For more than 3,000 years, the island of Avalon remained hidden from the outside world; a place of eternal magic, where the descendants of King Arthur ruled over a land filled with magical creatures, Elves, Dwarves and dragons. The island was only accessible through a rift in the Bermuda Triangle, where mariners and aviators disappeared throughout history. No one believed Avalon was anything but a myth.
In the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, in the heart of a naval exercise, Avalon suddenly reappeared, causing disruptions on both fronts. The US Navy, now circling the mysterious island, wants answers. On Avalon, they fear Outlanders would intrude on their home; and caught in the middle of it all is Lord Bryan MoonDrake, the Gil-Gamesh of Avalon, Knight Eternal and champion of the magical realm.
The Gil-Gamesh was once a US Navy sailor, lost at sea in a freak storm, who found his way to Avalon. After his family followed him to the island, they decided to stay and make this their home. Now they are torn between loyalty to their new home and compassion for their old one.
The tensions build as modern technology faces off against ancient magic on an island where the laws of magic supersede the laws of science, causing mechanical weapons to falter and shut down. As military forces continue to surround the mysterious island, bringing both sides to the brink of war, an ancient evil arises from within, one that has been seeking the throne of New Camelot for three millennia.