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The bestselling author of the Valdemar novels pens a classic tale about King Arthur?s legendary queen.

Gwenhwyfar moves in a world where gods walk among their pagan worshipers, where nebulous visions warn of future perils, and where there are two paths for a woman: the path of the Blessing or the rarer path of the Warrior. Gwenhwyfar chooses the latter, giving up the power that she is born into. Yet the daughter of a King is never truly free to follow her own calling. Acting as the ?son? her father never had, when called upon to serve another purpose by the Ladies of the Well, she bows to circumstances to become Arthur?s queen?only to find herself facing temptation and treachery, intrigue and betrayal, but also love and redemption..

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"Prolific writer Lackey (The Phoenix Endangered) tackles the complex legend of King Arthur's queens in this compelling and heart-wrenching retelling. When warrior-woman Braith announces that the Young Princess Gwen is marked by Epona, the goddess of horses, Gwen's father allows her to train on the warrior path. Although Gwen is deep into training, in the background of her life lay the tales of two other women with the same name-Gwenhwyfar the Golden-both of whom were married to King Arthur. The story of Arthur's kingdom unfolds as Gwen's path as a warrior involves Lancelin, Arthur's closest Companion, and Medraut, the illegitimate and magic-born child of Arthur and his half-sister, Anna Morgause. Lackey places the story in the early dark ages, rather than in the romanticized Camelot of the later Romances. She creates a vibrant world where the old religion and culture of the Celts vies with the invading traditions of the White Christ's followers and Roman influence. Gwen is an independent and formidable woman, determined to follow her dreams, but also dedicated to her duty and to the good of Arthur's kingdom. Though the ending of Arthur's story comes as no surprise, the way that Lackey reweaves old tales to create something new and powerful, with a compelling and sympathetic heroine, is this retelling's strength." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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Mercedes Lackey is the author of the bestselling Valdemar series.

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Cioccolata16, May 18, 2010 (view all comments by Cioccolata16)
This retelling of the story of Guenivere of Arthurian Legend was exciting and fresh. Lackey draws upon some of the lesser-known tales and invokes Zimmerman-Bradley in her telling. The name changes Lackey makes are a bit confusing, but do a good job of trying to distance the reader from the standard King Arthur story. I found the novel not to be as tragic as some other versions I have read, but this may be due to Gwenhwyfar's separation from Arthur's court until she becomes his third wife. A fun read, following in Lackey's usual aptitude for fantasy!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780756405854
Subtitle:
The White Spirit (A Novel of King Arthur)
Author:
Lackey, Mercedes
Publisher:
DAW Hardcover
Subject:
Fantasy - General
Subject:
Historical - Arthurian
Subject:
Fantasy - Historical
Subject:
Fantasy fiction
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Fantasy-Historical
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Series:
Arthurian Novel
Publication Date:
20091006
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
6.8 x 4.4 x 1.16 in 0.45 lb
Age Level:
18-17

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Prolific writer Lackey (The Phoenix Endangered) tackles the complex legend of King Arthur's queens in this compelling and heart-wrenching retelling. When warrior-woman Braith announces that the Young Princess Gwen is marked by Epona, the goddess of horses, Gwen's father allows her to train on the warrior path. Although Gwen is deep into training, in the background of her life lay the tales of two other women with the same name-Gwenhwyfar the Golden-both of whom were married to King Arthur. The story of Arthur's kingdom unfolds as Gwen's path as a warrior involves Lancelin, Arthur's closest Companion, and Medraut, the illegitimate and magic-born child of Arthur and his half-sister, Anna Morgause. Lackey places the story in the early dark ages, rather than in the romanticized Camelot of the later Romances. She creates a vibrant world where the old religion and culture of the Celts vies with the invading traditions of the White Christ's followers and Roman influence. Gwen is an independent and formidable woman, determined to follow her dreams, but also dedicated to her duty and to the good of Arthur's kingdom. Though the ending of Arthur's story comes as no surprise, the way that Lackey reweaves old tales to create something new and powerful, with a compelling and sympathetic heroine, is this retelling's strength." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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