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Queen of the Summer Stars (Guinevere #2)

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"Once again we are captivated by the magic of the legend that has long fed our appetite for pageantry and romantic adventure."
-Washington Post

In a country still reeling from the collapse of the Roman Empire, the young King Arthur and his wife Guinevere struggle to keep the barbarians at bay even as they establish the Fellowship of the Round Table. The spirited and outspok
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Paperback, 491 pages
Published June 1st 2011 by Sourcebooks Landmark (first published 1990)
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Nikki
Perhaps it's mostly the comparison with Sharan Newman's books, which I forced myself through yesterday, but Persia Woolley's books were like a breath of fresh air. I genuinely didn't want to put them down, even if I'm technically being bribed to read them. I'm going to quite happily go back and immerse myself in the third book of the trilogy, and there'll be no skimming. This is a Guinevere I can like and admire -- even a Lancelot I can like. She and Arthur and Lancelot are all human, with their ...more
Elaine
Guinevere tells of her early married life with Arthur(450-550AD?)Battle of Badon Hill was King Arthur's greatest triumph, the Celts over the Saxons. This almost total defeat of the Saxon invaders brought about an extended period of peace to Britain. may have occurred at Bath Hill.

All invading Germanic tribes are referred to as Saxons, although the northern settlers were predominatly Angles and those in the south included Jutes and Franks. The britons called them all Saxons.Saxon gods lived in th
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Heather
The Guinevere in Queen of the Summer Stars takes on the role of a bridge between the young girl, innocent version of Guinevere from the first book and the Guinevere who is involved in the downfall of Camelot. Given that role, this Guinevere is more worldly and mature than her predecessor. She is actively involved in political discussions with Arthur and his men. She comes into her own as a lover, queen and a friend, as well as deals with issues of motherhood. We really see her relationship with ...more
Patty
This is the second book in Ms. Woolley's Guinevere trilogy. Sourcebooks is reprinting them and I, for one am very glad. These books, unlike most that give us the Arthurian legend, tell the story from Guinevere's point of view.
It is just so very refreshing!


The second book picks up with Guinevere settled into her marriage and while maybe not feeling like a Queen of her peoples, starting to feel less like that Child of the Northern Spring. She and Arthur are compatible and have even fallen a bit in
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Laura
This review first appeared on my blog, Laura's Reviews at http://lauragerold.blogspot.com/2011/...

Queen of the Summer Stars is the second book in Persia Woolley’s Guinevere series. Guinevere and Arthur are the young recently married High King and Queen of Britain. Arthur has a dream to unite the Kingdom and Guinevere is an efficient Celtic Queen who works hard to keep the dream alive. King Ban’s son, Lancelot, joins the round table. He quickly becomes Arthur’s right hand man, but exhibits coldne
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Flora Bateman
This is the second book in Persia Woolley's Guinevere series and I have enjoyed it every bit as much as the first. The world that Woolley has created feels very much like the world of Author and Guinevere would have been and it feels so alive its easy to get lost in.

In this second installment we find a much more mature Guinevere. She wants to move on to the next stage of her relationship with Author and start a family. Things do go as she always expected them to and she is dealing with the heart
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Lisa Jensen
n the second installment of Persia Woolley's Arthurian trilogy, the author employs the same sensitive revelation of character and attention to cultural detail that made the first book so beguiling.

Having settled into the role of High Queen, "Gwen" now faces a more complicated destiny (moira) in her growing attachment to the Breton knight, Lancelot. But as Woolley explores the effects of romantic entanglements on affairs of state, it's clear that Gwen is only one of the Celtic queens "caught in a
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Jules
I read this series several years ago when it was first published. I loved it then and I love it just as much now. I am very pleased that Sourcebooks has chosen to reprint this classic tale with the gorgeous covers that just add to my enjoyment (again) of the story. Arthurian tales are one of my favorite sub-genres. My mom started me on The Knights of the Round Table at a very young age and I have never been able to pass up one of these stories.

Persia Woolley began her trilogy with Child of the N
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Catherine Thompson
In the second volume of Woolley's Guinevere trilogy, Guinevere settles into her life as the High Queen. She longs to provide Arthur with a son, and for Arthur to show her more affection. Then fate brings Lancelot into her life, and she learns that it is not impossible to love two men at the same time.

Guinevere is maturing, in this book, from reluctant child-bride to young queen, a vibrant woman accustomed to working side-by-side with her royal husband to realize his dream of a united Britain. I
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Annette
I liked this one way better than its prequel. This is a very nice book, with a good plot, good characters and, finally, nice twists on many things. This installment added to the whole story the originality it needed -not only to earn another star in my review xD-, since the main flaw of its prequel was the lack of originality in many points. Now, this book has something that makes it stand among the other retellings.

THE PLOT
The plot follows roughly the first 10 years of Arthur's kingdom, and wha
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April
QUEEN OF THE SUMMER STARS (A QUEEN BLOSSOMS) by Persia Woolley is an interesting reissue of historical fiction and the recreation of the tale of Arthur and Guinevere. It is the second in the "Arthurian" triology(Guinevere Trilogy),but can be read as a stand alone. It is told from the perspective of Guinevere,who deserved to become a legend. It is a story of romance,myths of the round table, witchcraft, treachery,danger not seen,evil,unholy alliances,King Arthur,Lancelot,Merlin,and the perils of ...more
Wanda
The second book in the trilogy about the life of Guinevere, bride of King Arthur. A stated by the author in the preface this is the story of Arthur, Guinevere and Camelot written in a realistic manner without fantasy and sorcery. The characters are of course the subjects of legend but presented in an historical manner. She has quite ably woven together the cultures that existed at that time- the old Celtic religion, Saxon Druids, and a emerging Christianity.

In this book Guinevere settles down to
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Sabrina
This is the sequel to CHILD OF THE NORTHERN SPRING. Gwen comes of age as a queen, and treachery is everywhere. Not only is Morgan, Arthur's half-sister, plotting against her, but her own heart seems content to lead her astray.

I didn't like this book as much as its predecessor, but I loved the beautiful language and the way Woolley brings this world to life. Every character is rich and imbued with humanity, good or bad. The ones I hated, I really hated, especially Morgan and Maelgwn, which is a t
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Mary Jane
Well done

This continuation of Guinevere's story is well done and flows the first book well. The glimpses of daily life of the times is interesting. I also like the way the author is working in all the legends, her explanations of how & why things happened is feasible to the story. One could easily read just the first book and be satisfied, but I've found that I'm enjoying them enough that I'm intrigued as to how she's going to finish. Book 3, here I come!
Kathleen Kelly
Queen of the Summer Stars is the second novel in the Guinevere Trilogy by author Persia Woolley. The story is told in the voice of Guinevere and takes place during her marriage to King Arthur, in the summer of her life. The reader is swept along in castle life, pagents, magic and of course battles that are what this legend is all about. We meet Lancelot, one of King Arthurs most trusted knights. Other characters are Morgan Le Fey, half sister to Arthur, and Morgause who is full sister of Arthur. ...more
Chrissy
Queen of the Summer Stars is the sequel to Child of the Northern Spring—and the second in the Guinevere trilogy—but can be read as a stand alone. Unlike Child of the Northern Spring, the scale of Queen of the Summer Stars leans towards the epic. Being a massive fan of the Tristan and Isolde characters from Arthurian legend, I was ecstatic to see that they are included in this episode of the trilogy and we also learn about Arthur’s parents here. Lancelot is introduced to the story as well, and it ...more
Kathleen
"Queen of the Sunner Stars" is the second book of three, telling the story of King Arthur and Guinevere. As in the first book, this story is told from Guinevere's point of view. Guinevere and Lancelot make their appearance together and start a relationship. Somewhat less satisfying than the first book as King Arthur is more wooden, so that the Guinevere/Lancelot relationship can move ahead. As the story ends Lancelot returns after a long absence, and Guinevere realizes that she loves both men fo ...more
Sandy
This ia actually part of a Trilogy, and I read them out of order since I didn't realize that fact at first.

For anyone who enjoys Aurthurian legend, I highly reccoment the whole series. The first is Child of the Northern Spring, this one is the second and I can't remember the third title. Having all the old stories told from the Guenivers point of view was really a delight for me. Persia Woolley had a great way of telling these stories and making them fresh again. Her research into the times seem
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Molly Murphy
I loved this book! Guinevere was amazing and I LOOOVED how the author portrayed the characters because she did them all like I would have. Gawain, especially, since he's my favorite Arthurian character. I liked that she didn't villanize Lancelot like so many authors do. Also, they all had flaws. Arthur could be thoughtless, Gawain hot-headed, Tristan naive... they were all believable. They had a man for every type of woman, too... shy sweethearts, bad boys, dark and mysterious ones... I could go ...more
Charlene Gordon
An interesting view of the King Arthur legend. I read this when it first came out.
Susan
Stayed up way too late reading this. Easy reading.
Tracy
I keep re-reading this one and The Mists of Avalon over and over again, comparing and contrasting the two differing takes on the Arthurian legend. In this one, the heroine is Guineviere, down-to-earth, plain but good-hearted and who loves Arthur with all her heart. Morgaine is Arthur's nasty, manipulative sister. In Mists of Avalon, it's basically flipped. I think I like the writing of this one better, and I've been looking for years for the two other books in the series and have never found the ...more
Alyssa Allen
This one was pretty good. The first one was a good background book, but this one picked up and actually showed the ins and outs of the kingdom workings! The author has great mastery of this time period- it makes absolutely everything believable! It makes you stop and think... was she there? This could have really happened! I like the way she created the 'affair' between Guinevere and Lancelot. It wasn't scandalous like most stories make it. It makes Guinevere actually a likable character instead ...more
Princetonpatty
Loved it. There were sections that dragged and descriptives that were repetitive, but on the whole, the writing was so beautiful it was a joy to read. I would have given it 4 1/2 if I could have. Looking forward to the next one.
Monica
I greatly enjoyed this second volume of Persia Wolley's tale, especially the insight into the Knights of the Round Table and their characters. The book was well paced for the most part, with well-rounded characters and plenty of drama to keep you reading. Once again there was a lot of detail into the day to day life of people in the 6th century and that lent the book a sense of reality.

I am greatly looking forward to reading the last book in the trilogy, despite knowing how the legend ends.
Shawn
I enjoyed this second book in the trilogy and will be happy to read book three when it is released. I am curious as to how Persia will treat Guenivere's traditional downfall and it's effect on Arthur's reign. Thus far while Gwen has been tempted she has come off as pious choosing the right path each time. It's an interesting look at these legends. I am enjoying this version, but my favorite is still Mists of Avalon.
Erica O'Shea
I love the approach taken in this series, to present the characters in a more realistic, less fantastic, light. I read all three books back-to-back. I wonder if the writers of the new Disney movie Brave read this series too? Disney's Maridol bears a strong resemblance to Persia Woolley's Guinevere. Though I dearly loved Mists of Avalon, I prefer Woolley's portrayal of all the characters in this timeless legend.
Jenn
I can't resist an Arthurian retelling, but among all the ones I've read, this series is mediocre. The first book had some freshness to it, probably because it dealt with an outside-the-canon time of Guinevere's life. This second entry felt like it was trying way too hard to fit in too many bits from the Arthurian legends, including retellings that have gone before; and this made it disjointed and lacking in tension.
Elaine
Woolley's trilogy is almost unknown in the U.S., which is a pity. These are sweeping, engrossing tellings of the Arthurian legend from the perspective of Guinevere. Ignore the "bodice-ripper" covers - that's how they appeared in the U.S. The British editions (Woolley is British) are gorgeous. These are books I never lend - for fear they won't come back and I'll never find them again.
Jennifer
The second book in the Guinevere Trilogy does not disappoint. My full review may be read on my book review blog Rundpinne
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