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Gwenhwyfar by Mercedes Lackey
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Jul 14, 11

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Read from July 11 to 14, 2011

Following in the footsteps of Bradley, Lackey has written the Arthurian legends from Gwenhwyfar's point of view. She takes her story from some bits of the Welsh tradition and crafts a story that, while good, doesn't have the same life as early Valdemar and Elemental Masters books. I couldn't really connect with Gwen who seemed to be sometimes overly male and at others a girl longing to break free of her warrior path.

Annotation: Gwenhwyfar is the third of four daughters of King Lleudd, and while her sisters find paths in traditional female roles of wife and Lady, Gwen follows the warrior path, becoming her father's commander. But when King Arthur's second wife dies, the Ladies call on Gwen to become his third. Gwen is uncomfortable as a "lady-wife" and trouble brews as Medraut and Gwenhwyfach (Gwen's younger sister) plot against Arthur.
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