The Sword in the Stone

Hey guys!
Today I bring you one of my all-time favorite Disney movies. After reading The Guinevere Deception a while ago, I was in the mood for some more Arthurian stuff. My go-to movie on that front is The Sword in the Stone!

The Plot (as found on Rotten Tomatoes):

Another of the fantastic animated creations from the Disney studios, this is the animated version of The Once and Future King, a T. H. White story. This is the story of King Arthur in childhood as he is being instructed by the magician Merlin and his owl, Archimedes. Although it doesn’t stick to the original story and something of the quality of myth is lost, the animation is superior and the tale intriguing and amusing. A delight for the whole family.

The Rating:

I may be a little biased as this is a movie I watched as a kid and loved it so much then.

Well, even after years, this film still holds up. Although it’s not the best Disney flick out there it is so much fun to watch and just all around enjoyable. Also, it features one of my all-time favorite Disney characters!

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Merlin: Season 3 – A Review

Hello, y’all!
I’m slowly making my way through all the season of Merlin and just finished the third one. So, without further ado, let’s get right down to it and see if it was any good!

The Plot (according to Rotten Tomatoes):

The bewitching third series finds Arthur (Bradley James) and Merlin (Colin Morgan) discovering the long-missing Morgana (Katie McGrath) and returning her to Camelot. But her arrival may include a scheme against Uther Pendragon (Anthony Head) whose mental faculties are beginning to falter. As his father’s mind begins to fray, Arthur struggles to help Uther retain the throne. As their relationship continues to grow, Arthur and Gwen (Angel Coulby) decide to keep it hidden. Though Merlin is becoming more assertive and escaping the shadow of his mentor Gaius (Richard Wilson) the pair find they often have more strength together than apart.

The Rating:

This was a great season! I feel like the show has finally found it’s footing and is playing it’s strengths well. The plot becomes somewhat more daring, darker and intense.

While many familar faces make a return, they don’t just come back but get bigger parts to play. Additionally, there are a few new cast aditions that had me rather excited. I have some thoughts on that, so beware of spoilers after the cut!

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Merlin: Season 1 – A Review

Hello, my lovely readers!
Today’s review is brought to you by tumblr. 😅 For the longest time, I kept seeing quotes, gifs, videos, etc. of Merlin on that platform. Even though the show ended a while ago, apparently the fandom is still going strong. So, I had no other option than to finally watch the series. Let’s see how that turned out!

The Plot (according to Rotten Tomatoes):

The fantasy series, which offers a new spin on the Arthurian legend, opens with the teenage warlock Merlin (Colin Morgan) arriving in the kingdom of Camelot, whose king Uther Pendragon (Anthony Head) has outlawed the practice of magic upon punishment of death. He seeks out the court physician, Gaius (Richard Wilson), to whom he inadvertently reveals his gift, has a run-in with the king’s headstrong son, Prince Arthur (Bradley James), and meets an enchanting young maid named Gwen (Angel Coulby). In the first season Merlin finds himself combating horrible monsters, exposed to a plague, and protecting friends from unexpected evils.

The Rating:

Okay, I can definitely see the appeal of this show. Merlin has it’s funny, it’s witty, it’s badass scenes. However, there is still a lot going on that I didn’t really vibe with.

How do I put this nicely… Well, a good amount of the costumes and props looked kind of cheap. I don’t know what they did there, but it reminded me of a school production. Sorry! Along with that, the magic/special effects were not always 100% on point either. In fact, many scenes were very cringe-worthy but still, overall the show was kind of cute, so I kept going.

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The Camelot Betrayal by Kiersten White (Camelot Rising #2)

Hey guys!
I recently published a review for The Guinevere Deception and was so hooked, I binge-read the next part The Camelot Betrayal as soon as I had a chance. Let’s see how that turned out!

The Plot (accordingt to Goodreads):

EVERYTHING IS AS IT SHOULD BE IN CAMELOT: King Arthur is expanding his kingdom’s influence with Queen Guinevere at his side. Yet every night, dreams of darkness and unknowable power plague her.

Guinevere might have accepted her role, but she still cannot find a place for herself in all of it. The closer she gets to Brangien, pining for her lost love Isolde, Lancelot, fighting to prove her worth as Queen’s knight, and Arthur, everything to everyone and thus never quite enough for Guinevere–the more she realizes how empty she is. She has no sense of who she truly was before she was Guinevere. The more she tries to claim herself as queen, the more she wonders if Mordred was right: she doesn’t belong. She never will.

When a rescue goes awry and results in the death of something precious, a devastated Guinevere returns to Camelot to find the greatest threat yet has arrived. Not in the form of the Dark Queen or an invading army, but in the form of the real Guinevere’s younger sister. Is her deception at an end? And who is she really deceiving–Camelot, or herself?

The Rating:

FINALLY, this book is here. Although it was only a short wait for me, it felt like an eternity. With the first part of the Camelot Rising series, Kiersten White hit all my keys and my mythology loving heart greedily embraced The Guinevere Deception. I couldn’t put that book down and wanted more, more, more.
Well, The Camelot Betrayal is just as amazing as the first novel!

We get it all: action, romance, magic, family, surprises, and wicked plot-twists. What else you want? Ah yes, the next installment. Right now. Please.

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The Guinevere Deception by Kiersten White (Camelot Rising #1)

Hello, my darling readers!
I one this gorgeous novel in a giveaway and immediately fell in love with the cover. The fact that it’s inspired by mythology and legends is a huge selling point for me, so let’s see just how much I enjoyed reading The Guinevere Deception!

The Plot (according to Goodreads):

From New York Times bestselling author Kiersten White comes a new fantasy series reimagining the Arthurian legend, set in the magical world of Camelot.

There was nothing in the world as magical and terrifying as a girl.

Princess Guinevere has come to Camelot to wed a stranger: the charismatic King Arthur. With magic clawing at the kingdom’s borders, the great wizard Merlin conjured a solution–send in Guinevere to be Arthur’s wife . . . and his protector from those who want to see the young king’s idyllic city fail. The catch? Guinevere’s real name–and her true identity–is a secret. She is a changeling, a girl who has given up everything to protect Camelot.

To keep Arthur safe, Guinevere must navigate a court in which the old–including Arthur’s own family–demand things continue as they have been, and the new–those drawn by the dream of Camelot–fight for a better way to live. And always, in the green hearts of forests and the black depths of lakes, magic lies in wait to reclaim the land. Arthur’s knights believe they are strong enough to face any threat, but Guinevere knows it will take more than swords to keep Camelot free.

Deadly jousts, duplicitous knights, and forbidden romances are nothing compared to the greatest threat of all: the girl with the long black hair, riding on horseback through the dark woods toward Arthur. Because when your whole existence is a lie, how can you trust even yourself?

The Rating:

This was soooooo cool!
I don’t know much about the Arthurian legend except for the Disney movie The Sword in the Stone and Lord Tennyson’s poem The Lady of Shalott. The Guinevere Deception really inspired me to learn more about that! I love nothing more than novels that inspire me to learn something new!

Anyways, what made this novel so intriguing?

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