In a country still reeling from the collapse of the Roman Empire, the young King Arthur and his wife Guinevere struggle to keep the barbarians at bay even as they establish the Fellowship of the Round Table. The spirited and outspoken Guinevere skillfully combats an accusation of planning to poison Arthur in a country simmering with unrest and scandal. But Guinevere’s greatest battles are dangers Arthur cannot see—ones she’ll have to fight on her own. And all the while, she must reconcile her thirst for freedom with her duties as queen, and her growing love for Lancelot with her loyalty to her husband. Vibrantly human and touchingly real, Guinevere reigns as a woman poised to discover the true peril and promise of the human heart.
What a lovely book this is. Being a fan of Camelot and Guinevere, I am so happy to have finally found a book that doesn’t depict her as a total harpy. She is strong, intelligent and graceful and most of all, human! And she really comes into her own in the book when she meets Lancelot. I began to enjoy the book so much more at this point because Gwen began to bloom and I really started to love her even more.
Persia Woolley books are new to me. In fact, this book is the middle book in a trilogy – Child of the Northern Spring and Guinevere: The Legend in Autumn are the names of the other books. I didn’t feel like I needed to read the first book first in order to understand Queen of the Summer Stars, though. She really is a wonderful author, bringing the legend alive to me in a way no other book on the subject has before. The characters and places are depicted so vividly I was pulled in and didn’t ever want to leave them.
Thanks to Sourcebooks for sending me a copy of this book to review.