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"Beautiful New Rendition of Camelot Saga"

There have been many versions told of the story of King Arthur, Gwenhwyfar (Guinevere) and Lancelot and in this brilliantly written version which was totally engrossing and entertaining by the magic of Camelot, I was sad to see it end. In this version the author gets up close and personal in examining on a more intimate level the motivations of Arthur, Gwenhwyfar and Lancelot and the great love they shared for one another.

In the classic tale of Camelot Gwenhwyfar dutifully agrees to marry Arthur to bring honor to her family and finally find approval on the face of her father. On the way to be wed she forms a bond of friendship and understanding with Lancelot one of Arthur's most trusted and beloved knights. After the wedding Gwen finds loving Arthur and the marriage bed to her liking but the dynamics of Arthur's personality often left her feeling neglected and hurt; ripe for the welcoming strong arms and broad shoulders of her best friend Lancelot a man so totally loved and trusted by Arthur that he encouraged their friendship. With this triangle complete Breeding then does a masterful job of weaving a compassionately captivating scenario of love, lust, betrayal and forgiveness. Additionally she mixes in delicious details with a plethora of secondary characters making this a fully robust and all encompassing look at the many lives and loves of the protagonists as well as several other key players in this much loved epic tale.

Camelot, King Arthur, Gwenhwyfar, and Lancelot will always invoke visions of a magnificent love story, but a deeply tragic one as well. Breeding's version gives a deeper and more meaningful insight into a behind the scenes look of Arthur, Gwen & Lancelot - their motivations and the people who impacted their lives. Breeding also gives an extremely beautiful interpretation of this well told story with impeccable research, vivid imagery while adding multiple layers with numerous other secondary love stories. This certainly deserves high praise and I look forward to seeing much more from this very talented and capable author. While I will caution you to have a box of tissue handy, this extremely emotional and beautifully conceived story is one I highly recommend!

Reviewed by Marilyn Rondeau
Posted January 26, 2007

SUMMARY

Britain, Sixth Century AD--a time of Pagan magic and Christian piety, a place of mystery, treachery and dark enchantment. Here the legend of Camelot was born, and with it, bold passions and forbidden desire... Young, lovely, and willful, Gwenhwyfar is chosen by Arthur to be his wife and future queen of Britain--an honor she reluctantly accepts. Soon,however, she canot ignore the awakening passion Briatin's new king ignites. He is a lover who delights her with his touch, yet whose desires are not shared with her alone.

Seared by the forbidden kiss of Arthur's most trusted warrior, Lancelot, Gwenhayfar is swept up into a world of unbidden passion, torn by loyalty and love for a husband who betrays her and a man she cannot have.

But in a time where good and evil clash, where magic and chivalry reign, love will prove as fiercea weapon as any sword...

 

Camelot's Destiny
by Cynthia Breeding

Zebra Books
August 1, 2006
Available: August 1, 2006
ISBN #0821780301
EAN #9780821780305
432 pages
Paperback
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Other Books by
Cynthia Breeding

Second Time Around
Prelude to Camelot
Fate of Camelot
Night Prey


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