CM Magazine Review - Cave Beneath the Sea

Reviewed by: Ronald Hore

The Cave Beneath the Sea is the fourth volume in the "Shards of Excalibur" series. The story is told from the point of view of the two heroes, Ariane, a teenage girl anointed by The Lady of the Lake with the power to control water, and Wally, a teenage boy and a descendent of King Arthur. Wally is discovering he has some of the powers of his ancestor.

     The villain is an industrialist, Rex Major, once known as the wizard Merlin, and readers occasionally experience things from his point of view as well. Rex wants to find all of the pieces of the magic sword Excalibur. The completed sword would allow him to control our world and ultimately invade the land of Fairie. The Lady of the Lake is opposed to him. The author has created interesting characters as the villain and the heroes all have occasional uncertainties about their actions.

     Ariane and Wally have joined forces and are seeking both the next piece of the sword puzzle and Ariane's missing mother. They are being hidden from Rex and his minions by Ariane's Aunt Phyllis. The search takes them to a remote island in the Caribbean Sea and a cave open to the sea. There, they have a confrontation with Rex Major who controls Wally's sister, Felicia. Felicia happens to hate Ariane, and she is also a descendent of Arthur with powers of her own. The teens Ariane and Wally are now of an age where their feelings for each other are becoming obvious. By the end of the tale, the teenagers have two shards of Excalibur, but so does Rex, with one piece still remaining to be found.

     The Cave Beneath the Sea will appeal to young readers in search of adventure as well as adults who enjoy another version of the timeless story of King Arthur. Wally's last name just happens to be Knight.


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