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A #WyrdAndWonder Book Review | a King Arthurian Historical Fantasy within “Bel Nemeton” (Book One: Bel Nemeton series) by Jon Black

Posted Monday, 24 May, 2021 by jorielov , , , 0 Comments

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Acquired Book By: The author approached me about this novel whilst I was preparing for #Mythothon (2019). At the time, I thought for sure I’d be able to read this novel as I was excited about reading stories involving another spin on Arthurian lore as I had read the Guinevere Trilogy by Nicole Evelina as much as I had read “Sign of the White Foal” by Chris Thorndycroft. Evelina took us through a Feminist portal into Arthurian lore focusing on Guinevere whilst Thorndycroft took a masculine perspective into Arthur himself. To follow those readings with “Bel Nemeton” which focuses on Merlin felt like the right ‘next read’ for me as I am completely caught inside this niche of interest when it comes to combining elements of Historical Fiction, Arthurian lore and Historical Fantasy.

For a variety of reasons, I was not able to read this when I expected nor was I able to read it during #WyrdAndWonder or #Mythothon (2020). This is why I slated it to be read this May, as it is the first May in four years where I’ve been migraine-free during Wyrd And Wonder. I knew it was time to soak into this story and see where Black was going to take us into this part of the continuing story set round Arthur and the rest of the characters we’ve come to know so dearly well.

I received a complimentary copy of “Bel Nemeton” by the author Jon Black in exchange for an honest review. I I did not receive compensation for my opinions or thoughts shared herein.

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Hallo, Hallo dear hearts!

What an interesting Wyrd And Wonder it has been this May, hasn’t it?

It has been quite a few years since I’ve had the chance to revisit my curiosity and interest in Arthurian lore and legend. I had intended to re-open this door during one of the past years’ #Mythothon, however, several cycles of @Mythothon have come and gone and I’ve not had the chance to pick up any stories even remotely mythological! I am hoping to change this come September as I plan to take part in #Mythothon once again wherein despite seeking out the group read for the RAL, I am also hoping to make progress into my readings of Norse Mythologies courtesy of this novel.

This month, I wanted to attempt to read some of the stories in my backlogue which are stories within the scope of what we love to celebrate during Wyrd And Wonder. Where genres can become bent into Fantasy and where the fantastical doesn’t have to be through a portal or dimensional shift but quietly sneak into the narrative – whether that is through Magical Realism or Historical Fantasy or another gentler route which gives just as much Fantasy for the reader as any other story. Those are the kinds of stories I was seeking out to read myself this month and I’ve found them looping back into the contemporary and modern world – as you’ve might have taken stock of  my readings for Cassandra and Tree Magic

Coming up lateron this week, will be my readings of the collective works of E. Chris Garrison wherein I get to read the final installment of the Tipsy Fairy Tales (ie. “Mean Spirit”) and the next story set in the same universe “Trans Witch”. Those also parlay between Fantasy and our modern world – through the realms of Urban Fantasy whereas the other two selections relied more on Magical Realism to set their foundations.

For me, “Bel Nemeton” occupies the other side of the ledger, which is Historical Fantasy – wherein, most of the story is rooted in a time slip narrative shifting between the historical past and re-aligning us with our modern world today as an academic is in pursuit of the truth behind the archaeological discoveries being made now which reflect new interest in the 6th Century.

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A #WyrdAndWonder Book Review | a King Arthurian Historical Fantasy within “Bel Nemeton” (Book One: Bel Nemeton series) by Jon BlackBel Nemeton
by Jon Black
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Jon Black’s award-winning novel Bel Nemeton combines 6th century Arthurian historical fantasy with brainy 21st century pulp.

After Arthur’s death, Camelot’s fall, and his final break with Nimue, Merlin of Camelot is left with only his thirst for knowledge, hunger for new experiences, and a desire to forget. The great druid and sage leaves Britain’s shores behind, wandering the world of the 6th century. Merlin’s travels take him to the wild unknown of Dark Ages Europe, a wizardly duel deep in the Arabian Desert, the exotic riches of the Silk Road, the pomp and pageantry of the Sui Emperor’s court, and beyond.

Fifteen centuries later, time has obliterated all traces of Merlin and his journey. Almost. A chance discovery at archeological excavation in Central Asia leaves Dr. Vivian Cuinnsey, professor of Celtic linguistics, wondering if Camelot’s great druid was more man than myth. Traveling to Uzbekistan to discover the truth for herself, she is immersed in a web of intrigue revealing there are those who will kill to learn Merlin’s secret. Teaming up with morally-ambiguous treasure hunter Jake Booker, they begin their own globe-trotting adventure, racing all comers to discover the location of Merlin’s tomb. And his treasure.

Genres: Fantasy Fiction, Historical-Fantasy


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ISBN: 978-1946033055

Published by 18th Wall Publications

on 16th April, 2018

Format: Trade Paperback

Pages: 210

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The Bel Nemeton series:

Bel Nemeton (book one)

Caledfwlch (book two) ← pub’d 30th December, 2020!
( the name refers to Arthurs sword Excalibur)

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Published by: 18th Wall Publications

Converse via: #HistoricalFantasy, #BelNemeton
as well as #KingArthur & #WyrdAndWonder

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Posted Monday, 24 May, 2021 by jorielov in #WyrdAndWonder, Arthurian Legend, Book Review (non-blog tour), Fantasy Fiction, Folklore and Mythology, Indie Author, Twitterland & Twitterverse Event

#WWWednesday No. 10 | Where Jorie ended #Mythothon2 [a wicked lovely readathon hosted by Louise @foxesfairytale] and how aspects of this journey is carrying forward into Autumn and early Winter 2019.

Posted Wednesday, 16 October, 2019 by jorielov , , , , , , , 0 Comments

WWWWednesday a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words.

I ♥ the premise of this meme {WWW Wednesdays} due to the dexterity it gives the reader! Smiles. Clearly subject to change on a weekly rotation, which may or may not lead to your ‘next’ read providing a bit of a paradoxical mystery to your readers!! Smiles. ♥ the brilliance of it’s concept!

This weekly meme was originally hosted by Should Be Reading who became A Daily Rhythm. Lovingly restored and continued by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words. Each week you participate, your keen to answer the following questions:

  • What are you currently reading!?
  • What did you recently finish reading!?
  • What do you think you’ll read next!?

After which, your meant to click over to THIS WEEK’s WWWWednesday to share your post’s link so that the rest of the bloggers who are participating can check out your lovely answers! Score! Perhaps even, find other bloggers who dig the same books as you do! I thought it would serve as a great self-check to know where I am and the progress I am hoping to have over the next week!

Join the Convo via: #WWWWednesday

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Life rarely goes as it is planned when your a book blogger whose also dealing with chronic migraines – however, despite those hurdles, for the most part, my [2019] went far better than my wreck of [2018]. Having said that – there are still bouts of migraines I have to battle through and they can effectively erase the hours I have to give to the stories, books and blog posts I’ve been earnestly working towards bringing to Jorie Loves A Story.

I ought to have known having a rough beginning with #Mythothon2 this year, the rest of the month might not bode as well for me as I had forecasted it to develop – however, ever the optimist, I buckled down and tried my best to stick to my primary reads and dig into the mythological wonderment my dear bookish bestie Lou has brought into my life since she developed #Mythothon originally in Autumn, 2018.

This is a recapture of how my #Mythothon2 adventures set the stage for a fantastical journey of epic proportions which brought new narrators into my life (as I’ve been sampling a heap of lovelies via OverDrive!), audiobooks to savour which I shall hope to devour as the year marches towards New Year – whilst a few select readings which have enchanted me, truly for how they carry forward their own set of Mythos and folklore.

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Last year, I had the joy of discovering this lovely & beautiful readathon #Mythothon hosted by a bookish mate of mine, Louise @ Foxes Fairy Tale – wherein she encouraged all of us to seek out re-inspired tales straight out of Greek Mythology and to take ourselves visually to a hidden sub-niche of Speculative Fiction – across genres and stories of interest, as there are many Gods & Goddess within Greek Mythos to be explored. You can re-visit the Reading List I composed for #Mythothon Year One – whilst I share with you today the reading list I’ve compiled for the second year.

Ideally, the concept behind the Mythothon readathon isn’t just to INSPIRE us to read stories which befit the prompts each year Louise hosts the readathon *but!* rather INSPIRE us to dig deeper and read harder the months between the readathons! In other words, each #Mythothon we participate in is a case to uncover those hidden niches of literature which recapture the Ancient Mythologies being re-told, re-envisioned and/or re-told in such a way to ENCOURAGE us to seek out the original canons by which all re-tellings are based upon.

Now without further delay,
let’s dig into what #JorieReads during #Mythothon2!

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Posted Wednesday, 16 October, 2019 by jorielov in Bits & Bobbles of Jorie, Blogosphere Events & Happenings, Bookish Memes, JLAS Update Post, Jorie Loves A Story, Jorie Loves A Story Features, WWW Wednesdays

#WWWednesday No. 9 | #Mythothon Reading List for Year II – a wicked lovely readathon hosted by Louise @foxesfairytale

Posted Wednesday, 18 September, 2019 by jorielov , , , , , , , 2 Comments

WWWWednesday a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words.

I ♥ the premise of this meme {WWW Wednesdays} due to the dexterity it gives the reader! Smiles. Clearly subject to change on a weekly rotation, which may or may not lead to your ‘next’ read providing a bit of a paradoxical mystery to your readers!! Smiles. ♥ the brilliance of it’s concept!

This weekly meme was originally hosted by Should Be Reading who became A Daily Rhythm. Lovingly restored and continued by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words. Each week you participate, your keen to answer the following questions:

  • What are you currently reading!?
  • What did you recently finish reading!?
  • What do you think you’ll read next!?

After which, your meant to click over to THIS WEEK’s WWWWednesday to share your post’s link so that the rest of the bloggers who are participating can check out your lovely answers! Score! Perhaps even, find other bloggers who dig the same books as you do! I thought it would serve as a great self-check to know where I am and the progress I am hoping to have over the next week!

Join the Convo via: #WWWWednesday

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I need to preface this post by explaining since I never had the chance to properly conclude my readings for #WyrdAndWonder Year Two this past May [2019] I wanted to either write a post for #TheSundayPost and/or #WWWWednesday as a proper send-off to the event I love co-hosting and/or as a way forward as a reader who is still committed to reading the stories she was slated to be reading for the event itself.

I’ve organised this the way I would the event itself – breaking down what I was able to read during #WyrdAndWonder (ie. what I recently finished reading) – whilst discussing (ie. what I will be reading next) and of course what I am currently slated to be reading right now in September which carries forward the Fantasy Reads I first attempted to read in May for Wyrd And Wonder.

I am also hoping to start participating in this meme again, as I liked the journalled effect it gave me and a way of ‘checking in’ with my readerly goals. I’ve lost track of half my readathon and reading challenge goals this year and this would be a lovely way to re-attempt to re-align with those goals for the last quarter of the year. Likewise, I might trade off weeks – participanting in #WWWWednesdays and #TheSundayPost, thereby being able to participate in two memes each month rather than just focusing on one or the other. I also intend to start releasing my #TopTenTuesday posts which I tried to release in July.

Overall, my main goal next Wednesday is to say “good-bye” to Wyrd And Wonder and “hallo” to #SpooktasticReads! As always, thanks for continuing to want to take the journey with me and finding out which stories curate my bookish joy as I blog my readerly life!

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#Mythothon Year 2 banner created by Jorie in Canva.

Last year, I had the joy of discovering this lovely & beautiful readathon #Mythothon hosted by a bookish mate of mine, Louise @ Foxes Fairy Tale – wherein she encouraged all of us to seek out re-inspired tales straight out of Greek Mythology and to take ourselves visually to a hidden sub-niche of Speculative Fiction – across genres and stories of interest, as there are many Gods & Goddess within Greek Mythos to be explored. You can re-visit the Reading List I composed for #Mythothon Year One – whilst I share with you today the reading list I’ve compiled for the second year.

Remember last year why I wanted to dig into #Mythothon?

In truth, I’ve been toying with the idea of adding Classical Mythos & Mythos retellings to my Classics Club List – as much as the fact, there are rare moments where I have ventured into Mythos whilst reading as a book blogger. Some were misses for me – one rather became an #epicfail of EPIC proportions whilst the other one let me down for the potential I saw inside it.

This year my curiosity is piqued once more to dive into *Norse Mythology* with a fierce passion of intention – therefore, due to time constraints & the ways in which life can throw off our readerly mojo – I’ve had to scale back a bit the stories I wanted to include on this year’s reading list. However, for the wildcard selections – those will become explored once I restore #Scribd into my life – for now, I’m using my local libraries (both for audiobooks and print) whilst reading the stories I have for review during #Mythothon Year Two!

When I was younger I had friends in Scandinavia – I didn’t get actively interested in reading stories set against the Vikings or the Nordic countries until I was much older. I also couldn’t always source the stories until I was a book blogger and a lot of hidden worlds of literature started to open up to my readerly eyes because of the paths and passageways I was traversing as a book blogger. It has become a blessing of mine over the years and this year it was thrice blessed as I received *three!* new stories for review which happily befit this readathon! They are also my top priority readers these final thirteen days of the readathon!

If you are participating this *September!* kindly leave me a comment & a link to where you’ve put your bookish list of lovelies to explore during #Mythothon – whilst I’ll love to know which of the prompts I wasn’t able to source a story you’ve filled yourself as I am intrigued by Norse Mythological re-tellings and/or original stories or works of Non-Fiction! All recommendations are encouraged and I will be spending another year seeking them out!

Now without further delay,
let’s dig into what #JorieReads during #Mythothon2!

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Posted Wednesday, 18 September, 2019 by jorielov in Bits & Bobbles of Jorie, Blogosphere Events & Happenings, Bookish Memes, JLAS Update Post, Jorie Loves A Story, Jorie Loves A Story Features, WWW Wednesdays