The Shadow of Camelot

Shadows from the Past, Book 6

Children - Mythology/Fairy Tale
262 Pages
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Author Biography

I spent twenty years as a teacher of French, Latin and Classical studies, before a change of career led me to writing children's fiction for Middle Grade readers. Currently residing in Abu Dhabi in the UAE, I live with my husband and our beautiful Tonkinese cat.

Shadows from the Past is a series of time-travel adventures, featuring three children and a rather unique feline companion. In addition to the full-length books, there are also some short stories – Max's Adventures - all of which are spin-offs from the series, featuring Max the cat on special solo missions. Shadows from the Past is far from complete. Still only halfway through the series, my young time-travellers have many more adventures to come. As I take my readers on a magical mystery tour through the past, I’m hoping that my love of history, myth and legend will rub off on them too!

    Book Review

Reviewed by Mary T. Kincaid for Readers' Favorite

The Shadow of Camelot by Wendy Leighton-Porter continues the time traveling adventures of Joe, Jemima, Charlie, and Max the cat. This time they travel back to Camelot because they were called by Merlin the Magician. Merlin was trying to understand a prophecy about an event that would save King Arthur from the Saxon invaders. Max, the cat, plays a role in this adventure because he retrieves Excalibur for King Arthur after the children discover that it is magic. The sword was owned by Arthur’s enemy, the Saxon king, Aelle. The two cats in the story, Midnight and Max, sneak into the Aelle’s tent and drag the sword away so they can hide it in the bushes. Because they have gold magic owl charms, the children can understand Arthur and the Saxons, as well as Max the cat. This tale combines many of the Arthurian legends that have been handed down. It is a charming retelling by blending the stories together.

I enjoyed the story. I found the use of history, myth and legend to be entertaining. This is not the Disney version, but it is a ripping good tale. The descriptions advance the story which is well plotted. The dialogue is realistic and believable, even coming from a man from Gaul, Lancelot, who turns out to be a relative of Joe and Jemima. I love the part that Max plays. He gives the Britons instructions on winning the battle by painting a face of a cat on their shields. Arthur won the Battle of Badon without any fighting because King Aelle was so afraid of the cats on the shields. It was very entertaining. A five-star read.