Sword of Shadows by C.N. Lesley on Amazon.com
Arthur and his brother live in a brutal world where a cruel species ; the Nestines have enslaved the land dwelling humans(Terrans) A wrist band makes sure the humans aren’t even aware that the Nestines exist and use them for food. Arthur leads a small band of rebels who are free. During a battle they realise that they might have come on the radar of the Nestines and that the technology protecting them has been compromised. They flee to Avalon; the underwater city of the submariners and where their mother lives. At first I found the world the writer set the story in bewildering. There were many species, warring factions and character. I was not aware that this book was the second in the series and that put me in the early chapters at a disadvantage. (Note to author, it is a good idea to put next to the title on Amazon book 1 or book 2 so it is clear the book is part of a series) As the book was so well written I read on and started to thoroughly enjoy this epic adventure. The Nestines are spine chillingly evil and the book is action packed. I liked the mix of Arthurian legend with the futuristic. We have Arthur on a quest for a sword while being hunted with space ships. I appreciate as well that the writer has gone the route of using more medieval morals (Kidnapping woman from other tribes to start a settlementJ) rather than going the more mainstream YA route of young women having an equal role. Like it or not, it makes the world Arthur lives in seem more brutal and dangerous.