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Queen of the Summer Stars Hardcover – 1 Jun 1990

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x90e7bc30) out of 5 stars a woman's point of view 3 Jan. 2001
By Dawn M. Shaw - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I first read this book when I was 13 years old, and I was immediately intrigued. But don't mistake me to mean it's full of juvenile content. Quite the contrary. This book is a beautiful story told from Guinevere's point of view as an elegantly spirited woman struggling to balance her instincts of freedom and love with her sense of regal duty as queen of Camelot and greater Britain. Not to mention her heart-wrenching dilemma between Arthur and Lancelot...I couldn't put it down! And I have read it again many times since. This is definitely not your average romance novel. It focuses on the enchanting story of a remarkable and inspiring woman's life instead of just graphic love scenes amidst a mediocre plot. I would imagine that many women today can relate to Guinevere's struggles. Ever since I first read this, I've been fascinated with the legend of Camelot, and I immediately searched for the prequel and sequel of this wonderful novel. I can't imagine why these books are out of print. Please let me know where I can find a reasonably priced edition of "Guinevere: The Legend in Autumn." Enjoy!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x90e7bc84) out of 5 stars Best Arthurian Romance 29 Jun. 2002
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
I read this book for the first time about 10 years ago and I have re-read it many times since. You should start with the first book, "Child of the Northern Spring", then "Queen of the Summer Stars", then finally "Guinevere: A Legend in Autumn." Persia Woolley is actually the first author of an Arthurian romance to make me cry. I never wanted these books to end. They are so well written, and Guinevere is neither weak nor a feminist. She's absolutely wonderful. The way the affair with Lancelot is written is just some of the most beautiful that I've ever read. Not torrid and steamy, but soft and romantic. A very beautiful trilogy of books.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x90e6fed0) out of 5 stars Love, sex, scandal, secrets...a great romance novel! 3 April 2000
By Lisa Poma - Published on
Format: Hardcover
After reading, "The Mists of Avalon" over the holiday season, I was hooked on Arthurian Romance. I have also read the first book in Woolley's trilogy, Child of the Northern Spring. This book, Queen of the Summer Stars, starts out slow, but proves to be a good read after the first 100 pages or so. The romance between Guinevere and Lancelot heats up, and Arthur's secret reason for hating his sister, Morgause, is finally revealed (can't say too much more for fear of giving away all the really good parts). All in all, it was an enjoyable read. I would recommend it to other historical romance fans.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x90e7bf0c) out of 5 stars An amazing depiction of life in Arthur Pendragon's court. 17 July 1998
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Format: Paperback
This book was absolutely amazing to read, told by the wife of Arthur Pendragon, high king of the British Isles. She tells of all the conforming pagans becoming christians, of her struggles as the wife of a king, and the suppression of her own feelings, only for the dignity and honor to her name. A truly memorable book. Look for the prequels and sequels and tell me the names of them.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x90e7e24c) out of 5 stars The More Mature Guinevere 20 July 2011
By H. Campbell - Published on
Format: Paperback
The Guinevere in Queen of the Summer Stars takes on the role of a bridge between the young girl, innocent version of Guinevere from the first book and the Guinevere who is involved in the downfall of Camelot. Given that role, this Guinevere is more worldly and mature than her predecessor. She is actively involved in political discussions with Arthur and his men. She comes into her own as a lover, queen and a friend, as well as deals with issues of motherhood. We really see her relationship with Arthur grow into something much more solid than their early marriage showed. We see her torn between love and duty - something that is much more strained as she identifies her relationship with Lancelot.

I have to say that her relationships with Arthur and Lancelot were different than how I had imagined them prior to this book. I always believed that she belonged with Arthur and hated her for running off with Lancelot in the legends - but Woolley creates the relationship with Lancelot from the bottom up. You really get a sense of why she could be torn between these two great men and the emotions and decisions that impacted both Lancelot and Guinevere. I am very happy that Woolley took time to carve out Lancelot's character - this allows the reader to identify with him more. The relationship between these characters felt like it developed naturally and by the end I was moved to their side. This book is certainly much more emotionally developed than the previous book in this series and very much appreciated by this reader.

When the narrative isn't focused on Guinevere's relationships it shifts focus to the politics of the time - and there is a lot of it here. Arthur is striving to bring together many different people and bring them under one law. We get to meet many of these groups of people and understand the difficulties in doing this.

The one story thread that I now really want to explore more is the story of Tristan and Isolde. Woolley brought their story to the forefront for a short period and I loved reading Guinevere's reaction to their forbidden love.

I am now looking forward to Book 3 - Guinevere: Legend in the Autumn more than I was for Book 2. Queen of the Summer Stars is an overall better read in my mind than Child of the Northern Spring and I hope that Book 3 continues to build on that trend.
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