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Book Title: Guinevere: The Legend in Autumn|
The author of the book: Persia Woolley
ISBN 13: 9780671708320
Format files: PDF
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Reader ratings: 3.9
Edition: Pocket Books
Date of issue: January 1st 1993
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Giving a new viewpoint to the Arthur legend, Persia Woolley creates an enchanting and believable tale. Guinevere, The Legend In Autumn is told from Guinevere's perspective. I did not get to read the first two books in the trilogy, but I am familiar with the Arthur legend, and I was able to follow along quite well. The story in this last installment of the trilogy details the Arthur legend, it describes the search for the Holy Grail and how Guinevere comes to be tried for treason. All the basic elements of the traditional Arthur legend are present in the book from Excalibur, the round table, and the popular characters as well.
I have always enjoyed different variations of the Arthur legend. There is a combination of magic, destiny, and chivalry that make this legend stand out. What I loved about Guinevere, the Legend in Autumn was that the story was believable. This is not a fanciful, whimsical fairy tale or legend. Persia Woolley wrote a highly engaging story that provides explanation for the discord in King Arthur's family and the blood feuds that constantly simmer under the surface of a refined Camelot. Through Guinevere's prospective, Arthur is portrayed as a man. He is a man dedicated to his vision, a noble and worthy vision, but that same dedication to his cause makes Arthur falter in some of his relationships and decisions. Even the destined King makes mistakes.
The relationship between Guinevere and Lancelot was not what I expected. Persia Woolley gives both characters a strong moral compass and shows their dedication to their King and their cause. I was very pleased by the depth of character both Lancelot and Guinevere showed. I did not always agree with their actions, but I was able to understand why they acted in certain ways.
I have said that this book is a believable story. That is very true, but that does not mean that Persia Woolley left out magic and myth altogether. There are references to the fae, celtic rituals, and the magic of the old ways. A big part of the story is the "old ways," clashing with the new religion and the "white christ." The new ways challenge the perceptions of women, at least that is how Guinevere perceives some of the changes. As the new religion grows stronger, Guinevere's place as High Queen holds less respect. All of this, combined with blood feuds and old resentments, comes down to how Camelot, Arthur, Guinevere, and the round table fall and deteriorate to legend.
I really enjoyed reading this book, and I enjoyed seeing the world of King Arthur through Guinevere's perspective. Readers who enjoy Arthurian legend or historical fantasy will also like this book and the series. King Arthur fans, while I enjoyed this book without reading the first two books in the series, I would recommend reading the entire series to get the full effect of the story. The Reading order of the trilogy is: Book 1-Child of the Northern Spring. Book 2- Queen of the Summer Stars. Book 3- Guinevere, Legend in Autumn.
*I received this book for review*
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