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"Brilliant vision of a young warrior-king"

I absolutely love Grail Lore stories. But you don't often see an author with the passion, imagination and love for details as you do with Cynthia Breeding. She has the Arthurian Legend series moving into multiple books (Camelot's Destiny, Kensington 2006; Fate of Camelot, Highland Press, 2008) and the newest in the entry; Prelude to Camelot (Highland Press, 2009). I think Prelude is my favorite. So often we are treated to the Richard Harris -- Sean Connery elderly King Arthur. We had glimpses of a young Arthur in John Boorman's "Excalibur" in the form of Nigel Terry, but it was a pencil sketch at best, making me hunger for a true young Arthur hell-bent on forging Britain into one Kingdom.

I am delighted to say, Breeding delivers on all levels. Her vision of the young warrior-king Arthur was amazing, alive, vital, yet with reverence for Grail Lore tradition. She has the magic touch of keeping the well-known stories as road markers, yet amazingly gives you living, breathing, full-blooded men and women that just leap off the pages. Even with the much loved Mists of Avalon, I often felt I never really KNEW Arthur, his lady or Lancelot. Not so with this amazing series. You simply forget you are reading a much told tale, as Breeding makes this series fresh, new. Walking that razor's edge is hard to do, but she dances along that edge with light and magic.

I cannot recommend these tales enough and am eagerly waiting the next installment.

Reviewed by Deborah Macgillivray
Posted July 7, 2009

SUMMARY

A BOY BORN TO BE KING

Arthur has no idea of who is father is, only that he must fight--when he's not chasing women--to save Britain from the Saxons.

A GIRL DESTINED TO BE QUEEN

Fiercely independent, Gwenhwyfar is determined to rule Cameliard free of any man's yoke.

AND A HALF-FEY PRINCE:

Lancelot's strength in battle equals Arthur's, as does his prowess in bed...a competition that will one day determine the destiny and fate of Camelot.

Genre: Paranormal Romance, Fantasy, Fey

 

Prelude to Camelot
by Cynthia Breeding

Highland Press
May 1, 2009
Available: May 20, 2009
ISBN #0981855075
EAN #9780981855073
226 pages
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Other Books by
Cynthia Breeding

Second Time Around
Fate of Camelot
Night Prey
Camelot's Destiny


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