Treble Heart Books
Date: March 2004
2003 Treble Heart Award Finalist
Reviewed: Trade Paperback
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Mythical romance / Arthurian/Contemporary
Notes: Kristin Johnson, the founder of PoemsForYou.com,
released her second book, CHRISTMAS COOKIES ARE FOR GIVING,
co-written with Mimi Cummins, in October 2003. Her third book,
ORDINARY MIRACLES: My Incredible Spiritual, Artistic and Scientific
Journey, co-written with Sir Rupert A.L. Perrin, M.D., is now
available from PublishAmerica.
By Catherine Anne
remember the NBC miniseries “Merlin,” you’ll appreciate
Sword Across Time, even without Martin Short and Helena
Bonham Carter. Merlin still loves Nimue, Nimue betrays him, and
there is a dark enchantress, priestess of the Old Ways, with a foul
attitude who sees Merlin and Nimue as nothing more than pawns.
is, Morgan Le Fay, often called Morganna as she is in Catherine
Anne Collins’ mystical Arthurian-meets-modern fantasy romance,
comes between Merlin and Nimue out of hatred and power lust, not
out of dedication to the Old Ways. Still, this Morganna would be
a delicious role for Helena Bonham Carter to play. Who can blame
Morganna? It’s always Marcia, Marcia, Marcia…er, Arthur.
After all, Morganna’s mother Igraine was raised in Avalon,
even if Ingrate, er, Igraine is a tad bit closed-minded, having
embraced Christianity although not Christ’s acceptance of
lepers and pariahs. Morganna figures, hey, the Old Ways got her
mother pregnant with the future King of England. Why not rebel if
it means you get everlasting power?
later, Tamara has the same battle with her mother Diana, who insists
Tamara is descended from Nimue, something Tamara doesn’t want
to hear after spending a childhood being teased about her “witch”
mother and growing up without a father. Does Mom really know best?
And what about Merlin’s descendant Gavin’s loving parents,
who fear that the string of mysterious deaths in their family linked
to a once-in-a-blue-moon alignment of stars may continue with their
PI son? And why can’t Gavin and Tamara resist their magical
texture, as well as the conflict of Old Ways versus Christianity
and Tamara’s logic, add layers to the genre mastered by Mary
Stewart and Marion Zimmer Bradley. Will ancient curses be broken?
Of course they will. Will hero and heroine find love after the typical
romantic, and dare we say it, human sparring and stubbornness? Is
Excalibur the sword of righteousness?
sword, like love and spirituality, can be used for good or for ill.
Collins uses the Arthurian tradition to spin a soulful, electrifying
tale that leaves you spellbound.