- Paperback: 624 pages
- Publisher: Pocket Books; New edition edition (3 Jan. 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0671018124
- ISBN-13: 978-0671018122
- Package Dimensions: 17.2 x 11 x 4.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,634,235 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Queen of the Summer Country (Guenevere S.) Paperback – 3 Jan 2000
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First in a trilogy that aims to bring to life the magical, mysterious, romantic world of Guenevere, telling the story of her life, loves and tribulations. In this volume, young Guenevere faces the prospect of becoming Queen of the Summer Country with a mixture of trepidation and determination.
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If you want a trilogy about Arthurian times, steeped in the magic and mists of the time, read Mary Stewart's Merlin books. I'm off to take these three to Oxfam.
There have been numerous re-tellings of the Arthurian legend but none that I have read from Guenevere's sole perspective as this is. It provides background on her childhood and fills in missing gaps from many of the recognised stories and, be this information factual or fictional, it certainly makes for a well-rounded story. One of a new series of tales of the Arthurian age, it should be read by anyone fascinated with the subject and anyone else who just yearns for a romantic tale in these modern times. Read it or miss out at your peril.
The novel gives a good feel for the main story with Arthur having to re-establish his kingship, address the growth of Christianity and the decline of the old Britonic ways. And to complicate matters the Saxons are beginning to establish a foothold on the east of England.
Apart from the novelty of having Guinevere as the central character, she is a queen in her own right of a matriarchal "kingdom" (!!!). This was a really interesting main plot line at the beginning of the book but once Guinevere marries Arthur it fizzles out. This is a great pity as the development of the idea would have added an fascinating additional dimension to the story. But sadly the opportunity was missed.
Overall the pace of the story stops and starts. The fantasy elements did not work and it would have been better to provide a quasi historical account.
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