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Guinevere's Gift by Nancy McKenzie
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Oct 21, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: arthurian, female-protagonists, read-in-2012, orphans, home-shelved, historical, animal-tales, fantasy, bookshelf-read
Read from October 07 to 21, 2012

Guinevere's Gift focuses on Guinevere, the young woman who would become King Arthur's Queen. In this book, Guinevere is portrayed as tom-boyish and awkward. She is also an orphan when her mother died in childbirth and her father died 5 years prior to the events of the book of old age. She is being raised by her maternal aunt, Alyse who despises her because her own father preferred her sister (Guinevere's mother) to her and Pellinore, her husband who is serving in King Arthur's army. This book is a like prequel to Nancy McKenzie's Queen of Camelot which tells of the story of Guinevere's life as King Arthur's Queen.

Gwen, as she is known by her cousin Elaine, loves riding her horse and is destined for great things but her aunt won't allow a prophecy made on the girl's birth to come true and treats her coldly and doesn't approve of her own daughter (Elaine)'s rebellious behaviour.

Guinevere is one of my favourite characters in the Arthurian legend and I love reading about Guinevere's different personalities (depending on the story). I have read a lot about Guinevere's traitorous side and I think it is rather enjoyable to see her in this book to have a kind side. King Arthur and Lancelot are only mentioned in the book and Guinevere's father is only mentioned as he dies long before the events of the book. There is no mention of Arthur's half-sisters Morgan, Morgause or Elaine (not Gwen's cousin) but there is a few mentions of Arthur's father Uther and his mother Ygraine and Uther's disguise as Ygraine's first husband Gorlois, Duke of Cornwell conjured by the warlock, Merlin.

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10/07/2012 page 2
0.0% "Elaine and Guinevere are watching a courtier enter their gates of their castle and they're doing their far share of spying. Aren't cousins grand?"
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