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Guinevere: The Legend in Autumn by Persia Woolley – Review


From Sourcebooks:

Surrounded by traitors, trapped by destiny, Britain’s spirited Queen Guinevere recounts the last, dramatic years of Camelot. At King Arthur’s side, she reigned over the fabled heroes of the Round Table as her heartbreaking honesty, courage, and integrity were challenged by those she loved most. Torn between duty and desire as he rescued his Queen, condemned to the stake for treason, Lancelot swept her away as she bartered her soul to save Arthur and Camelot from the furies of fate. This is Arthurian epic at its best–filled with romance, adventure, authentic Dark Ages detail, and wonderfully human people.

My Review:

This is the second book by Persia Woolley that I have had the pleasure of reviewing for Sourcebooks.  (Queen of the Summer Stars review HERE)  It’s the last in a trilogy and might I just say, the two I’ve read are some of the finest books about the Arthurian legend that I’ve ever read.  It was written in 1991, but Sourcebooks, rocking as they always so, reissued it – therefore giving more people a chance to read it’s awesomeness.

It’s a wonderful book.  I enjoy the life that Persia breathes into each character making them so much more than just ‘legends’.  And I know I sort of said this in my review of the last book, but I just love Guinevere!  I hated her in other books I’ve read – so often she is painted in a negative light.  Not so with this series.  She’s a very sympathetic character but not only that.  She’s feisty and confident  and I found that I wanted to be her friend.  She’s what I would consider a true friend.

If you are looking to read about Camelot from a fresh perspective, I urge you to read this book and the series.  Woolley is a superb storyteller.

Tomorrow, Persia will join my on my blog with a guest post and I’ll also have a copy of the book to giveaway 🙂


2 thoughts on “Guinevere: The Legend in Autumn by Persia Woolley – Review

  1. I think your review is spot-on. I would add that Persia’s attention to early medieval (6th century) detail is very closely drawn. She knows wherein she speaks/writes. There is also a strong lyrical quality to her writing that gives it great dimension.

  2. I haven’t read these books before, but I normally enjoy Arthurian stories and I like the idea of a sympathetic Guinevere. Like you said, too often she’s characterized as a scheming, devious, overall negative sort of person. It’s nice to have something different to read about for once!

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