Pendragon’s Heir

CBAY. (Pendragon Cycle: Bk. 1). Oct. 2019. 328p. pap. $9.95. ISBN 9781944821609.
Gr 7 Up–At 16, Elaine considers her life normal. Well, aside from the occasional vivid scenes that invade her mind. In actuality, Elaine’s “mind images” are part of a highly desirable untapped clairvoyance that soon gets her kidnapped by the famous superhero Pendragon (aka Arthur Keep) for her safety. Now living at Keep Tower with Pendragon, his tech-smart wife, and an elusive spy, Elaine’s days meld into robotic knights and training, leaving her no choice but to drastically reconsider her roles as a daughter and a mundane human. Bond’s twist on superheroes creates a world of heroes and villains that feels both familiar and new in this series debut. The play on King Arthur figures grows on readers as the story progresses, creating fun hidden gems as each Arthurian name is revealed. Arthur Keep mimics Tony Stark, albeit more quirky and with a band of robot knights at his disposal. Arthur’s parental concern for Elaine is endearingly refreshing to witness as she transforms from helpless damsel to badass rescuer in a series of classic hero training montages similarly seen in Marvel and DC worlds. Additionally, the morally gray organizations (LANCE and the Dreki) both delightfully encompass the quintessential big bad personas down to the attractive agents and turncoats.
VERDICT Those who enjoy exploring new superhero tales or have an appreciation for Arthurian-inspired characters will want this book on their shelves.

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