This is the sequel to 'Firelord,' but, unlike many sequels, I thought it was a much better book. Where 'Firelord' spent a lot of time working in elements of the traditional story, this tale of Guinevere leaves what we 'knew' behind as it creates a rich historical fiction of what may have happened in Britain after Arthur's death.
While Guinevere in 'Firelord' may have seemed scheming, jealous and cruel (although a brilliant politician), here in this story told from her point of view, her character comes alive, and we can fully understand her motives and emotions.
We also see the 'other side' of the story - as Guinevere fails in her efforts to keep the warring tribes of Britain together, and falls in the chaos to slavers... but over time comes to grow as a person and come to a greater understanding of those who were 'her' people. We get to see the perspective of the foreign 'invading' tribes, and the point of view of the peasants who struggle only to survive as lords battle... Godwin does inject a political, pro-democracy slant that rings a little bit false for its historical setting, to me, but overall, I enjoyed the book.
Different cover. Guenevere (author spelling) after the death of King Arthur. Well written
King Arthur is dead. Surrounded by traitors and usurpers, Guenevere must defend the empire. Aidedby Bedivere,Gareth, Lancelot and others from Arthur's reigh, she stives to settle her uneasy nation. But when faced with unthinkable treachery, Guenevere is swept into a life she never understood-driven to the depths of servitude to a bold Saxon thane who is unaware of her true identity. He is an idyllic dreamer with a magnificent mind, so like Arthur.Through him, she will discover more of humanity than she ever imagined. She will toil for him, take up arms for him and challenge his very soul with her indomitable spirit, and infinite mystery. For she is Guenevere: brilliant, shrewd, passionate, bold- and always , always a queen.