Magic Waking (Legends Reborn, #1) by Eva Chase
Series: Legends Reborn #1
Also in this series: Soul's Blade (Legends Reborn, #2)
Published by Ink Spark Press
Publication Date: May 27, 2017
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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Die, reincarnate, repeat. It's been a long fifteen hundred years...
Reborn wizard Emma Hale has three goals in life, or rather lives: Track down the present incarnation of the legendary King Arthur, fend off the shadow creatures that hound him for as long as she can, and break the spell that binds their souls in this morbid cycle.
If only she had a better idea how she'd cast that spell in the first place. And if only Arthur’s current host wasn't so cocky yet distractingly good-looking. Because Emma is falling even harder for the man she can't have.
When a fae mercenary with power to rival Emma's puts her king in his sights, Emma burns through all her tricks just to stay one step ahead. Now her only chance is to find some way to destroy the mercenary before he and his army of dark forces destroy Arthur.
No human Emma's ever known has managed to kill a fae. But if she can't, and quickly, this death might be their last.
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The Legends Reborn series: Magic Walking (May 2017) Soul's Blade (August 2017) Dragon of Destiny (November 2017)
Magic Waking is the first book in the Legends Reborn series from Eva Chase.
1500 years ago, Merlin cast a spell to save the life of his liege, the legendary King Arthur, and cursed them both to living life over and over again. For 1500 years Merlin has been searching for a way to break the spell and finally save Arthur for good. In this latest reincarnation, Merlin is reborn as Emmaline and Arthur as Darton. Emma retains the knowledge of her past reincarnations, but Arthur doesn’t remember until he has skin-to-skin contact with Emma, something she tries to avoid at all costs. Because the more Arthur remembers, the easier it is for their enemies to track him.
Only they seem to be facing a new enemy, one more skilled than the ones they faced in the past. Emma is going to need all her strength and knowledge to beat this one…or this may be the last time they’re reborn.
I really like the premise of this series. I’ve been craving Arthurian romances and I thought this would fit the bill perfectly. While I really enjoyed the flashbacks to their first life as Merlin and King Arthur, the modern day stuff fell a little flat. The pacing was slow and involved a lot of Emma laying protection spells throughout the college campus. I would have liked to know more about their foes, Emma’s magic, their past reincarnations, etc. There were times I had to really force myself to keep reading.
The action scenes were pretty good and I enjoyed Arthur, but overall this was just an okay read for me. The story ends on a cliffhanger. I hope the action picks up in the next book.
2.75 out of 5