The Arthurian Omen

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Shadow Mountain, 2008 - Fiction - 322 pages
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A Celtic scholar is brutally murdered when she finds a clue to a priceless fifth-century manuscript that could prove the identity of King Arthur. Determined to find the ancient relic and avenge her sister's death, Maren Southcott begins a quest that immediately puts her own life in danger.--From publisher's description.

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The Arthurian Omen is an entertaining mystery that’s difficult to put down. The story is action-packed, with murders, kidnapping, and a mysterious stalker, revolving around a treasure hunt through the castles of Wales for a lost document which could prove the truth of the legend of King Arthur. The plot moves quickly, and provides just enough crises and suspense to keep the pages turning.
The book is an enjoyable, but light, read. Despite the title, the tale offers little more than a cursory brush-over of Arthurian legend and Welsh history. The author introduces a philosophical perspective on personal fulfillment and hero-worship, but fails to expand upon this subtopic with enough depth to be compelling or insightful. The characters are interesting, but lack of development and refinement leads to the characters being somewhat inconsistent. The mysteries presented in the book are somewhat predictable, though not necessarily disappointing, but the reader is left to guesswork and intuition than solving a puzzle using solid clues.
This is a great book to read as a light reading break between heavier titles or to pass the time on a long flight. However, fans looking for another Arthurian epic in the spirit of Mary Stewart, or expecting a well developed historical mystery in the thread of The Da Vinci Code, will be disappointed.

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