"an excellent introduction to SHADOW PRINCE"
Angelique Blanchard dreams of the days of old - knights in
shining armor, magic and a round table where men are equal.
Instead, her parents are dragging her to look at enormous
universities that are impersonal and not where she wants to
go after graduating from high school. But when she falls
asleep in the backseat of the station wagon during a storm,
she thinks she wakes up in Camelot. Except rather than
being a wonderful place, she quickly finds out that Nord
D'Rae is NOT QUITE CAMELOT.
For Angie, its almost love at first sight when she first
meets the moody Prince Reynart. Offering her his protection
from the Mage Gervaise, she hides in his rooms during the
day. As their attraction grows, so does the danger that
Angie is in; for little does she know, but her arrival
wasn't an accident!
Angie and Reynart are truly star-crossed lovers and how
they meet, I found fascinating. I really thought it was
interesting that while this is an alternate universe, Angie
was able to speak and understand the language of the nobles
even though she couldn't read the language, nor could she
understand any of the other languages of the world.
I am going to admit that I had a problem with Angie giving
herself to Reynart. Even though she liked him, I felt kind
of like she was compensating him for protecting her with
her body. However, I admired Reynart because I didn't feel
like he was taking advantage of Angie. He was ensuring her
safety from his family's mage (an evil Merlin) and he fell
While I would have liked the story longer (I'm a greedy
reader...I always want more) NOT QUITE CAMELOT is an
excellent introduction to SHADOW PRINCE. I think Ms Dunne
truly has the calling to weave wonderful stories and she
didn't disappoint with NOT QUITE CAMELOT. I'm greatly
looking forward to more stories in the World Gates series.
Posted August 23, 2005
review for ebook edition - ISBN:1419901872
Reviewed by Cynthia Eckert
Posted December 3, 2006