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The Chessboard Queen (Guinevere #2)

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In Guinevere, Sharan Newman told us the story of that lovely and legendary woman's childhood up until her wedding night. Guinevere is now the beautiful young wife and queen of King Arthur, a position much-coveted by all women of Camelot. But nothing in life is ever certain, and soon Guinevere discovers--most alarmingly--her deep and passionate love for another man: Lancelo ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published October 15th 1997 by Tor Books (first published 1983)
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I admit I was a bit disappointed by this novel because I truly loved the first one. This one instead seemed not to let Guinevere character grow too much and to mix different POV without a real direction.
Spoilers of what I liked and what I liked less:

The novel starts when Guinevere and Arthur have been already married for some years. Guinevere is still not particularly taken with Arthur and she is polite but mildly disinterested in him and Camelot.
I liked this new Guinevere, in book one, a Guinev
Reading another Arthurian novel was an accident and not connected to the TV series craze; it was a chore to finish this book and yet I feel I should reread my White in English and get the other classical books from my shelf out of the way at the same time - or not, if it's such an annoyance at the moment?

I loathe Guinevere I think. I can see how the title indicates the book is about her, and how she's a pawn perhaps, or maybe pawning the others - the second option would be more to my liking, bec
I only finished reading this book because I need it for my essay, I think -- and because I'm being bribed to (I love my friends). It's not so terrible, but I'm just so totally bored by it -- Guinevere is totally unsympathetic, whatever the author was trying to do, and the humour in it just doesn't do anything for me. And the unicorn stuff makes me wince, and I'm not sure what the heck is going on with the Geraldus stuff -- it's always seemed fairly unnecessary. I hope it wasn't just for the Merl ...more
I didn't enjoy this as much as the last one - I think because it seemed more firmly set in the typical Arthurian settings instead of the transition period from Roman Britain that I discussed in my review of the first book. I think I've figured out too that I find the development of the Arthurian legend more interesting than the culmination of it in the creation of Camelot. I also, as I predicted, really disliked the love triangle, especially since there was nearly nothing to like about this self ...more
Nov 14, 2008 Jennifer rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Guinevere & Lancelot enthusiasts
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I liked this fantasy version of this part of Guinevere's life better than its predecessor in the series, Guinevere. It seemed to me that Guinevere became more considerate of others and understood her place as Arthur's queen. In short, she had more depth than in Guinevere. Her sensitivity to those around her has developed and she cares about others. Arthur is delightfully real - a man who adores his wife and seeks to protect her against all danger. His goals for a peaceful kingdom were admirable. ...more
I enjoyed the her first book, Guinevere, so much better.
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Sharan Newman is a medieval historian and author. She took her Master’s degree in Medieval Literature at Michigan State University and then did her doctoral work at the University of California at Santa Barbara in Medieval Studies, specializing in twelfth-century France. She is a member of the Medieval Academy and the Medieval Association of the Pacific.

Rather than teach, Newman chose to use her e
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