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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rices sister serves up quality novel
This author has always been one that Ive put to one side for a day when I have nothing else to read, due to wondering if the authors work only ever managed to get published due to selling on her sister's name (Anne Rice.) However this has turned out to be one of my biggest mistakes as the tale is something of a wonder.
With many authors writing a novel based on the...
Published on 23 Jun 2004 by Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog

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2.0 out of 5 stars Rambling disappointment
I loved the first book - it was magical, original and I couldn't put it down. Buying and reading book 2 was a foregone conclusion.

After about 50 pages I started to question if it had been written by the same person, or if the editors had given up after a while. Too many threads, too much emphasis on leaving each thread on a cliff hanger, too little real...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rices sister serves up quality novel, 23 Jun 2004
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This author has always been one that Ive put to one side for a day when I have nothing else to read, due to wondering if the authors work only ever managed to get published due to selling on her sister's name (Anne Rice.) However this has turned out to be one of my biggest mistakes as the tale is something of a wonder.
With many authors writing a novel based on the King Arthur tales this genre is starting to become something of a cliche with many of the resulting novels becoming just a rehash of a previous one with many of them blending into obscurity or becoming confused with another authors work. This isn't the case with this novel. The chance to write something based on Guinevere has been tried before by a number of authors but whats refreshing about the characters that appear on this novel is not only thier vulnerability but also the way in which the world is presented. Each character adds an additional colourful layer to the shaping of descriptive work of Borchardt's world and with each subsequent layer it becomes harder to hide the sheer delight that the novel provides as you become deeper involved in the way that the tale unfolds. Roll on the third novel.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Rambling disappointment, 9 April 2009
I loved the first book - it was magical, original and I couldn't put it down. Buying and reading book 2 was a foregone conclusion.

After about 50 pages I started to question if it had been written by the same person, or if the editors had given up after a while. Too many threads, too much emphasis on leaving each thread on a cliff hanger, too little real progress in the story (OK, they're coming of age, but how much did the actual story progress?). Some of the dialogue was dire (esp Black Leg and the Lady of the Lake). Also, we get that Guin has armour and cannot get hurt - don't try and build any suspense around someone threatening her with a blade.

I perservered with this because I loved book 1 so much. One of the biggest disappointments was getting to the end of it and finding the sequel was not on the market. Alice is apparently dead (grhs) and I was unable to find evidence that book 3 was actually going to be published.

In summary, until book 3 actually comes out leave this one alone - be content with the great feeling that book 1 left you with.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Raven Warrior is Superb Arthurian Fantasy!, 3 Sep 2003
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This review is from: Raven Warrior (Tales of Guinevere) (Paperback)
This is the continuing tale of Guinevere, Arthur, and Lancelot also known as Black Leg (who is also a wolf-shapeshifter). In this second of Alice Borchardt's Guinevere series, Guinevere strives to save her people from the Saxons raiders at any cost. She calls upon the spirit of the dead to aid her in her quest and takes on the fearful pirates on their own home turf. She also has her own nifty set of weapons, self-protecting armor, and the ability to call upon fire to help destroy her enemies.
Meanwhile, Arthur, and Lancelot are on quests of their own. Arthur battles minions from King Bade and Lancelot learns much from The Lady of the Lake. Merlin, Igrane, and Uther also have their own ordeals showcased briefly. The story switches around to each main character's individual adventures, and it keeps you on the edge of your seat wanting to read more. The detailed descriptions of flora, fauna and everthing else in the story was incredible and staggers the imagination.
I was sad to see this novel end as it was at an exciting and pivotal part in the the plot. Be sure to read The Dragon Queen first to get a firmer understanding of this latest novel. Excellent Arthurian fantasy! Very much looking forward to the next in this series/trilogy!
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3.0 out of 5 stars A good sunday read, 2 Aug 2012
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This is a good book for passing the time of day. It has a good storyline with characters that you soon come to believe in.

All in all well worth reading.
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