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The Guinevere's Tale Trilogy by Nicole Evelina

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This is a box set of the three books in Nicole Evelina's Guinevere's Tale series: Daughter of Destiny, Camelot's Queen and Mistress of Legend.

Guinevere is remembered for her role as King Arthur’s wife and for her adulterous affair with Lancelot. But there is so much more to her story…

Priestess. Queen. Warrior. Experience the world of King Arthur through Guinevere’s eyes as she matures from a young priestess who never dreamed of becoming queen to the stalwart defender of a nation and a mistress whose sin would go down in history. Throughout it all, Guinevere she faces threats from both foreign powers and within her own court that lead her to place her very life on the line to protect the dream of Camelot and save her people.

This compendium of Nicole Evelina’s two-time Book of the Year award-winning trilogy – Daughter of Destiny, Camelot’s Queen, and Mistress of Legend – gives fresh life to an age-old tale by adding historical context and emotional depth. Spanning more than three decades, it presents Guinevere as an equal to the famous men she is remembered for loving, while providing context for her controversial decisions and visiting little-known aspects of her life before and after her marriage to King Arthur.
Source: I received a free copy of this book on NetGalley and opted to post a review.
Genre: Fantasy, Historical, Arthurian
Pub. Date: September 15, 2018

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Review

If you've been following the blog for a couple of years, then you probably have figured out that I've already reviewed the first two books in the series. I admit, when I saw the whole trilogy available on NetGalley, I jumped at the opportunity to read the third book in the series. I didn't skip to the last book in the series, I read the entire trilogy from beginning to end in a matter of a few days. Since I am supposed to review the book in its entirety, rather than review just the final book, Mistress of Legend, I will do my best to touch on one or two points that I enjoyed from each book.

In Daughter of Destiny, Evelina painted a realistic portrait of young Guinevere, an intelligent, strong and caring girl who has visions and seeks to exert some control over them. She travels to Avalon, the one place where she can receive the help she needs; only to return home to find that the traditions and practices that she grew up with are considered taboo. Guinevere's co-characters are equally well-developed and engaging as each one adds a unique voice and perspective to Guinevere's tale.

In Camelot's Queen, Evelina reveals 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, 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 tries to keep her relationship with Lancelot a secret.

In Mistress of Legend, the relationship between Guinevere and Lancelot is revealed. After Arthur's Christian advisor attempts to burn Guinevere at the stake, Guinevere travels to her mother's homeland to claim a piece of her family's legacy. Unfortunately, Guinevere's innate leadership abilities cause a stir and she finds herself in the midst of another battle. There are plenty of intriguing twists and turns in the plot of this installment, and I was hanging on every word.

Evelina's knowledge of Arthurian legend is expansive; I like how she adhered to some of the tropes associated with the genre while sharing her point of view regarding the legends. I thought she struck a wonderful balance between old and new and repudiated the male-centric perspectives of Guinevere and Morgan le Fey. Evelina's flair for marrying old and new prose is further demonstrated in her word choice and flow, making it easy for people of all literary backgrounds to follow the plot and enjoy the story.

I was happy with how the series ended. While it wasn't a grandiose or dramatic ending, it suited Guinevere and her story as told by Evelina. I recommend the trilogy to readers who enjoy Arthurian legend or a reader who is looking for an interesting historical fantasy to read.

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About Nicole Evelina

Nicole Evelina, author of THE GUINEVERE'S TALE TRILOGY
Nicole Evelina, author. Courtesy of Goodreads.

Nicole Evelina is a historical fiction, romantic comedy and non-fiction author whose four novels - Daughter of Destiny, Camelot's Queen, Been Searching for You and Madame Presidentess - have won more than 20 awards, including two Book of the Year designations.

Her most recent release and first non-fiction book, The Once and Future Queen, examines popular works of Arthurian fiction by more than 20 authors over the last 1,000 years to show how the character of Guinevere changes to reflect attitudes toward women. She’s currently finishing Mistress of Legend (September 15, 2018), the final novel in her Guinevere's Tale historical fantasy trilogy and researching two future non-fiction books: a history of feminism in the United States and a biography of early 20th century mystic Marie Rose Ferron.

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. She also teaches online writing and business for authors classes at Professional Author Academy.

Nicole is a member of and book reviewer for Historical Novel Society, and member of the Historical Fiction Writers of America, Novelists, Inc., BIO (Biographers International Organization); Romance Writers of America (PAN), Romantic Novelists Association, Missouri Writers Guild, St. Louis Writer's Guild, Alliance of Independent Authors, Independent Book Publishers Association, Midwest Independent Publishers Association, and the International Arthurian Society - North American Branch.
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