After her car plummets off a bridge, Isabel, a world-weary photojournalist, struggles between life and death when she's saved by the Water Goddess-with one tiny caveat: Isabel must travel to another time to seduce the legendary Lancelot du Lac away from Queen Guinevere.
The handsome knight is a dream for any woman in any century. But Isabel is the one who's seduced by King Arthur. For Isabel, a deal is a deal. Now, the King watches as fate takes from him the mysterious beauty he has come to worship, knowing all too well that any interference on his part could destroy the kingdom he loves.
I have been waiting and waiting for this book to come out since the moment I heard about it from Ms. Cast's lips at her 'Tempted' signing here in Baltimore. I almost died because 1. I love P.C. Cast 2. I love the Goddess Summoning Series and 3. I LOVE KING ARTHUR! So this book was being held to pretty high standards from the very beginning. I am happy to report that I was not disappointed. This whole series is one of my absolute favorites and it is number two in the list of my comfort reads. I pimp this series like no other and have yet to hear a complaint, so if you haven't read it yet, please do, start with Goddess of the Sea and you will be entranced and awed.
Now I will get off my soap box and tell you why I adore this book. Ms. Cast has a way of writing strong female characters and tossing them into not-so-ideal situations. Luckily because the women are strong willed they come out the situations stronger, and usually happier (at least at the end of the story). In this book Isabel is a pretty strong character and she has to be to live up to the idolized character that is King Arthur. Speaking of King Arthur, he is incredibly written, and exactly as I would want him to be in this situation. I adored the love and relationship that grows between him and Isabel and I adore the fact that he is just as perfect as I, myself, could imagine him.
I also love the fact that Isabel sweeps into the sixth century, not knowing, or able to do anything ever remotely sixth century like and is able to whip the entirety of Camelot into a frenzy. She is magnificent, the kind of women people would want to follow, and the perfect counterpart to the King himself. She is, in essence, the female version of King Arthur, and I love it!
The plot was a bit spotty here and there, it slowed a tiny bit about half way in and there were a couple of times I wanted to throw a shoe at Gwen's head but other than that, this book is absolutely perfect. I wish the ending would have had a bit more oomph, because I know P.C. Cast can end a book with oomph, but it did not, and it was not an unsatisfying ending at all. I can not wait to read more books in this series, and I hope Ms. Cast continues to write many many more.
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