In Winter's Shadow
Arthur Pendragon strives to unite a fragmented empire as his bastard son threatens to tear down the king, his queen, and their bravest champions. From the sudden death of innocence to a perilous campaign that strikes at the very heart of the empire, this third and final book of the acclaimed trilogy by Gillian Bradshaw offers the reader a front-row seat as Arthur's dream a...more
Highly recommended to Arthur fans :)
The Book Report: The last days of Camelot as narrated by Guinevere. Arthur lost in battle, Gawain and Mordred at daggers drawn over the death of Gawain's beloved son, death comes for all in the epic Battle of Camelot...Guinevere dies to the world by becoming a nun, and later the abbess of her nunnery. In this book, Guinevere's rupture with Arthur comes because she dishonorably attempts to rid the kingdom of horrible Mordred, not because she dallies with Lancelot. Frankly, I lik ...more
Stars: Overall: 4 Narration: 5 Story: 4
Carrying the story forward, the story is now told by Gwenhwyfar or Guinevere as more commonly known. Bradshaw has managed to bring us to the end of days for Camelot, with the final battles, the death of Mordred, Gwalchmai’s death and her own roles and guilt for her part.
Again managing to re-invent the story of King Arthur using Bretonized forms of the names and presenting unique perspectives on the events, with points of view that were lef ...more
In Winter’s Shadow is the final book in Gillian Bradshaw’s DOWN THE LONG WIND trilogy, an elegantly written historical fantasy about King Arthur that’s inspired by the Welsh legends. While the first two books, Hawk of May and Kingdom of Summer, have focused on Gwalchmai (Sir Gawain), this last novel is written from Gwynhwyfar’s perspective. You certainly don’t need to read the previous books to fully appr ...more
I even liked this book better than its prequel, that was pretty, but not exactly my favourite around (its Gawain was a tid bit too far from canon to be my favourite).
Let's go with some order.
This is an account of the Fall ...more
I'm hiding the rest of the review under a spoiler tag because it technically is a spoiler if you're not already familiar with the legends, but the story is so well known I can't be bothered to separate the spoiler bits from the safe bits.
It's the most famous and tragic case of adultery in western mythos ...more
It is a much more sorrowful version, detailing the slow decline of the court and the painful awareness of the venom of Medraut, Arthur's bastard, is creating; but none can stop it honorably. Gwynhwyfar is a less romanticised/glamorized and much truer to what a Roman descended, educated ...more
The story was paced slower than the first two but it made the final chapters that much more real because of the way the book started.
I have not read many books about king Arthur or any Arthurian tales, but now I seriously continuing to follow this type of story and would gladly accept any book the comes close to the caliber or exceeds it.
now i have to take my l ...more
I thought that the end was too sad, and that the fact that the kingdom had held out against the Dark Ages for just long enough for the monks from Ireland to collect and save all the books, was not stressed enough. This is a personal story told by the Guinevere character, who fell for a trick and for the wrong person.
My favourite is the first book Hawk of May.