This is the first of three novels, but it wasn't good enough to make me run out to buy the next two books. I'm not sure why I wasn't enchanted with it because this is definitely my cup of tea in literature. The characters lacked a "reader connection" with me. You may think differently. It's been a couple of years since I read it.
AWESOME! Loved that G was the Mother God worshipor and Arthur ended up being the christian. Makes more sense! Morgan is the evil one this time, Merlin out for his own agenda! MUST READ!
First of the Guenevere Trilogy. Well-written, with a different take on many of the characters -- Merlin is a malevolent madman; Arthur an emotionally needy youth who is decisive on the battlefield but floundering and uncertain as a ruler. Morgan LeFey is initially shown as a damaged child sent off to a nunnery by Uther, but eventually reveals herself as the essence of evil. The Christian/Pagan conflict often forms a subplot in the Arthurian Cycle, and it is present here as well. The twist is that Guenevere is most often shown as Christian, Merlin as Pagan, and Arthur torn between the two. In this retelling, Merlin is using the power of the Church to increase Arthur's stature, while Guenevere -- the Queen of the Summer Country -- is firmly entrenched in The Old Ways. The most emotionally affecting section of the book is Lancelot's farewell to Guenevere, which may be the most wildly romantic thing I've ever read!
Excellent first book of a trilogy about the Arthur-Guenevere story. This one is from Guenevere's perspective. Starts out before she meets Arthur and goes through their 'falling out'. Very focused on the Goddess and women's role which is in direct conflict with the new religion, Christianity, and the male dominated societal practices. It is not anti-religion/Christianity or anti-male; rather it is a perspective of society before the male-dominated Christian society. I am looking forward to starting the second book.
The Arthurian Legend from a woman's (Goddess) point of view.