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Camelot's Queen (Guinevere's Tale Book 2) by Nicole Evelina

Camelot's Queen, Guinevere's Tale, Nicole Evelina, fantasy, Arthurian, book review, On My Kindle Book Reviews

Source: I received a free copy of this book with the option of leaving an honest review.
Genre: Fantasy, Arthurian
Format: eBook, Print, Audio
Publication Date: April 12, 2016

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Forced into a marriage she neither anticipated nor desired, Guinevere finds herself High Queen, ruling and fighting alongside Arthur as they try to subdue the Saxons, Irish and Picts who threaten Britain from every direction. Though her heart still longs for her lost love, Guinevere slowly grows to care for her husband as they join together to defeat their enemies.

Meanwhile, within the walls of Camelot their closest allies plot against them. One schemes to make Guinevere his own, another seeks revenge for past transgressions, while a third fixes her eyes on the throne. When the unthinkable happens and Guinevere is feared dead, Arthur installs a new woman in her place, one who will poison his affections toward her, threatening Guinevere’s fragile sanity and eventually driving her into the arms of her champion.

Amid this tension a new challenge arises for the king and queen of Camelot: finding the Holy Grail, a sacred relic that promises lasting unity. But peace, as they will soon learn, can be just as dangerous as war. As the court begins to turn on itself, it becomes clear that the quest that was to be Arthur’s lasting legacy may end in the burning fires of condemnation.

This highly anticipated sequel to Daughter of Destiny proves there is much more to Guinevere’s story than her marriage and an affair. See the legend you think you know through her eyes and live the adventure of Camelot’s golden days yourself – but prepared to suffer its downfall as well.


Having been obligated to cast-off her love and marry Arthur, Guinevere takes on her role as "battle queen" and works with her husband to defend Camelot against its outside enemies. Within Camelot, those closest to Guinevere and Arthur plot against them; as some see Guinevere's inability to give birth to an heir as an opportunity to strike, another sees this as an opportunity to usurp Guinevere's position after another enemy kidnaps Guinevere to keep for himself.

After months of imprisonment, Guinevere is rescued by her champion, Lancelot, and returns to Camelot to find that Arthur has taken another wife. While Guinevere struggles with the aftermath of her imprisonment, she fights to hold her position on the throne next to a husband who dismisses her feelings and frequently seeks his second wife's bed. As this second wife usurps Guinevere's position on the throne and in Arthur's bed, Guinevere looks to her champion for emotional support and the two fall in love.

During all of this upheaval, Arthur is called to search for the Holy Grail. It is a dangerous task that requires Guinevere, Camelot's battle queen, to take her place at Arthur's side. As Guinevere and the second wife set their differences aside to serve Camelot in their different capacities, Guinevere's position is threatened once again when someone witnesses a moment of indiscretion between Guinevere and her champion.

This sequel to Daughter of Destiny is amazing! Continuing where the first book left off, Camelot's Queen is a well-written Arthurian fantasy with political intrigue, war, an epic quest, religious intrusion, and romance. As with the first book, the tale is told from Guinevere's point of view; a fact that is strongly reflected in her role as a queen and Arthur's advisor, her belief system, in her innermost thoughts and feelings, and in her actions.

Evelina does an amazing job of narrating Guinevere's innermost thoughts and feelings, which reflect the fact that Guinevere is a priestess of Avalon and not Christian. An excellent example of this is Guinevere's "affair" with Lancelot. From Guinevere's perspective, marriage is an equal partnership in which men and women play different but equal roles. Since Arthur is able to practice bigamy under his religious laws, why shouldn't she? However, she is intelligent enough to understand that the society she lives in will not agree with her point of view, so she keeps it secret.

I found the political intrigue and religious intrusion fascinating. In the beginning of the tale, church and state have a somewhat steady peace; however, as we are drawn deeper into the tale, we see the degree of separation between the two dwindle and watch as Camelot's political system and interpersonal relationships are affected.

Evelina weaves an intricate and fascinating narrative that makes Guinevere's role in Camelot as important as Arthur's and sheds new light on a tale that is traditionally male-centric; making Camelot's Queen a fantastic choice for Arthurian fantasy fans who are looking for a non-traditional twist on a classic story, or for romantic fantasy fans who enjoy plots centered around strong female protagonists.

About Nicole Evelina

Nicole Evelina, author of Guinevere's Tale, Camelot's Queen, fantasy, Arthurian, book review
Nicole Evelina, author. Courtesy of Goodreads.
Nicole Evelina is a multi-award-winning historical fiction and romantic comedy writer. Her most recent novel, Madame Presidentess, a historical novel about Victoria Woodhull, America's first female Presidential candidate, was the first place winner in the Women’s US History category of the 2015 Chaucer Awards for Historical Fiction.

Her debut novel, Daughter of Destiny, the first book of an Arthurian legend trilogy that tells Guinevere’s life story from her point of view, was named Book of the Year by Chanticleer Reviews, took the Grand Prize in the 2015 Chatelaine Awards for Women’s Fiction/Romance, won a Gold Medal in the fantasy category in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards, a Gold Medal in the fantasy category in the Reader’s Favorite Awards, and was short-listed for the Chaucer Award for Historical Fiction. Its sequel, Camelot’s Queen, was awarded the prestigious B.R.A.G Medallion. Been Searching for You, her contemporary romantic comedy, won the 2016 Colorado Independent Publishers Association Award for Romance, the 2015 Romance Writers of America (RWA) Great Expectations and Golden Rose contests and was a finalist in the chick-lit category of the Readers Favorite Awards.

Nicole’s writing has appeared in The Huffington Post, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Independent Journal, Curve Magazine and numerous historical publications. She is one of only six authors who completed a week-long writing intensive taught by #1 New York Times bestselling author Deborah Harkness. As an armchair historian, Nicole researches her books extensively, consulting with biographers, historical societies and traveling to locations when possible. For example, she traveled to England twice to research the Guinevere’s Tale trilogy, where she consulted with internationally acclaimed author and historian Geoffrey Ashe, as well as Arthurian/Glastonbury expert Jaime George, the man who helped Marion Zimmer Bradley research The Mists of Avalon.

Nicole is President-elect and self-publishing liaison for the Romance Writers of America (RWA)’s Missouri chapter. She is also a member of and book reviewer for The Historical Novel Society, as well as a member of the Historical Writers of America, the St. Louis Writer’s Guild, Women Writing the West, Alliance of Independent Authors, the Independent Book Publishers Association and the Midwest Publisher’s Association.
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