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CHARACTERS ´ ueen of the Summer Stars ß 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 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. Perhaps it's mostly the comparison with Sharan Newman's books which I forced myself through yesterday but Persia Woolley's books were like a breath of fresh air I genuinely didn't want to put them down even if I'm technically being bribed to read them I'm going to uite happily go back and immerse myself in the third book of the trilogy and there'll be no skimming This is a Guinevere I can like and admire even a Lancelot I can like She and Arthur and Lancelot are all human with their own failings vulnerabilities The narration by Guinevere is so open hearted and honest and her love for both men comes throughI think the way Persia Woolley plays the various episodes from Arthurian myth is very good I liked her version of Gawain and Ragnell for example and though her Tristan and Isolde are pathetic there's something compelling about their story and how it touches on Guinevere It's irritating to find that once again Morgause and Morgan are powerful in charge of their own sexualities and evil It's a trope in Arthurian fiction I could do without although this Guinevere is positive toward sex and there's a vitality and life in her relationship with Arthur that's refreshingLooking forward to reading the third book

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Le her thirst for freedom with her duties as ueen 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 hear. Oh dear I was becoming a little dubious by the end of book one but I am completely sure at the end of book 2 that I will pass on the final volume of the series Too many historical errors and anachronisms poor characterisation that actually got worse in book 2 or maybe I became less kind and a simplistic style of writing that seemed aimed at YA not adults even though apparently this was not so After reading Gillian Bradshaw's really excellent version of the Arthurian story this paled by comparison nay it dwindled Drops book 3 back to the library

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ueen of the Summer StarsSkillfully 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 reconci. The Guinevere in ueen 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 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 ueen and a friend as well as deals with issues of motherhood We really see her relationship with Arthur grow into something much solid than their early marriage showed We see her torn between love and duty – something that is much strained as she identifies her relationship with LancelotI 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 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 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 thisThe one story thread that I now really want to explore 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 The Legend in Autumn releasing in November 2011 than I was for Book 2 ueen 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 trendThis book was received for review from the publisher I was not compensated for my opinions and the above is my honest review