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Daughter of Destiny

(Guinevere's Tale #1)

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Before queenship and Camelot, Guinevere was a priestess of Avalon. She loved another before Arthur, a warrior who would one day betray her.

In the war-torn world of late fifth century Britain, young Guinevere faces a choice: stay with her family to defend her home at Northgallis from the Irish, or go to Avalon to seek help for the horrific visions that haunt her. The Si
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Published January 1st 2016 by Lawson Gartner Publishing
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Oct 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, fantasy, e-book, scribd

Daughter of Destiny by Nicole Evelina is a 2016 Lawson Gartner Publishing publication.

This is the first book in an Arthurian trilogy, which tells the story from Guinevere’s perspective. This first book gives the reader insight into Guinevere’s early life, her visions, and pagan religion. She is sent to Avalon in hopes of controlling her haunting and disturbing visions, which is where she meets her ultimate rival, Morgan.

As she grows up, she falls deeply in love and becomes a priestess. But, he
Alex ☣ Deranged KittyCat ☣
I am Guinevere.
I was once a queen, a lover, a wife, a mother, a priestess, and a friend. But all those roles are lost to me now; to history, I am simply a seductress, a misbegotten woman set astray by the evils of lust.

When I saw this book, I was instantly curious because I've always felt that legend did Guinevere a great injustice by disregarding her.

The first 40% of the book is a bit slow and uninteresting. An eleven years old Guinevere is taken to the island of Avalon due to her gift of s
Jan 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was 5 star on my enjoyable scale. Just a truly fun read- immensely entertaining. None of my interest sagged, not even within this easy read and at times closer to a YA level of base character descriptions. Regardless, it was dramatic with some vast growing up and coming of age changes.

I had no idea of the Druid schools posit or of the "sight"focus or instructions toward it that hone so many of these Arthur or Merlin related sagas could reside as or "in" Guinevere's talents and legacy, as we
Bridget Mckinney
Feb 15, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2016
I’ve always found it a little sad that there isn’t more Arthurian literature written about Guinevere, so I was excited when I saw this self-pubbed title pop up on NetGalley and had high hopes that it would offer some new insight or a unique interpretation of the mythology. Unfortunately, Daughter of Destiny was mostly a let down on that score. It’s a fast, easy read, though entirely unexceptional, and while Nicole Evelina may have some historical background, her knowledge of, understanding of, a ...more
Some would say that we don't need another Arthurian novel. I'm not one of those people. I believe that the Matter of Britain, which is what the Arthurian myths are called by those who are centrally concerned with them, needs to get retold in every generation. I'm also still holding out for my ideal Arthurian novel. I wanted a Guinevere who could be a convincing and authentic priestess as well as a warrior. I thought that Daughter of Destiny by Nicole Evalina would give me the Guinevere that I w ...more
Jan 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Looking for a historical novel that has suspense, romance and can't-put-it-down appeal? Well you've come to the right place. Daughter of Destiny by Nicole Evelina is the first book in a series about Guinevere. I for one have always been intrigued about this historical figure whether fact or fiction. This author did this story right! From the writing and detail given, it is obvious that Nicole did her research. She told this novel in little bits and pieces that just kept adding up for me. I was v ...more
Feb 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Daughter of Destiny follows a traditional Guinevere story from outside the Welsh tradition, yet still gives us a unique view. It may not be astoundingly different (it's probably impossible to do that by now anyway) and shows distinct signs of influence by authors like Marion Zimmer Bradley but Nicole Evelina deftly weaves together threads of the various tales to make an engaging story that kept me engaged without getting diverted from the main plot.

This is not the typical woman portrayed in sto
I've heard of Guinevere, Arthur, Morgan and Merlin but have never read anything about them. It's not for lack of books out there, just not sure which one to start with. That was answered when I was invited to be part of this tour - thank you to HFVBT for that.

Told from Guinevere's point of view she takes the reader back to medieval times. A time when Christianity was on the rise clashing with her pagan upbringing. Only 11 years old when sent to Avalon, separated from family it wasn't hard to sym
James Martin
May 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ever wonder about Guinevere's earlier life before Arthur? If you like Arthuriana literature, this well-written novel fills you in on Guinevere's life as a priestess and her hopes and loves long before Arthur enters the picture. By the story's end, he is in the picture but not in a way readers might have imagined. No spoilers here~read the book. ...more
Laurie • The Baking Bookworm
We've all heard of Avalon, King Arthur, Guinevere and the legend that surrounds them. It's an old story that has been told and retold so I was curious to see what Nicole Evelina would bring to the story.

Fifteen years of research have paid off for Evelina. This was a wonderful book that had me riveted throughout, only lasted me two days and had me asking my literary contact for the chance to review the next book in this trilogy. Ya, I liked it a lot.

"I am Guinevere. I was once a queen, a lover, a
Nicole Evelina
Jan 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
THIS IS NOT MY OWN REVIEW. Reviewed by Sandra Masters for Readers' Favorite

Daughter of Destiny by Nicole Evelina is well written in first person, and captured my interest with a unique prologue, a simple one paragraph, that made me want to read more about a woman I thought readers of Arthurian legends knew all about. Was Guinevere a sinner or a saint -- or a lovely combination of both? Evelina took a different aspect of Gwen's life than we've been told from other authors. We are introduced to Gw
InD'tale Magazine
Listeners are quickly transported to medieval times in this audiobook, which stars Guinevere in her early years.

Read full review in the 2017 July/August issue of InD'tale Magazine.
Kathleen Kelly
Jan 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Historical Fiction Fans
Recommended to Kathleen by: Nicole Evelina
There are a lot of different depictions of Guinevere and the story of King Arthur, Lancelot, and Camelot. One in particular that I liked was the Mists of Avalon, the movie. Such a mystical and mythical time it was. Or was it? We really do not know for sure but Nicole Evelina gives us her take and another perspective on the classic tale. Daughter of Destiny takes place before Guinevere is Queen to Arthur's King.

This story starts in the Spring of 491 with Guinevere arriving on the island of Avalon
Feb 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love the King Arthur legend. I’ve read more books than I can count about Camelot, etc. That is what initially drew me to this novel. I was very intrigued at looking at the tale from Guinevere’s viewpoint. If you consider the story as we know it now it all falls apart because of her infidelity. But seriously – history or in this case the legend was written by men and therefore it’s got to be the woman’s fault, right? Taking a look at the story through her eyes might be very interesting.

I was ho
Feb 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Daughter of Destiny" by Nicole Eveline was a fantastic read! I'm a huge fan of Arthurian stories. I loved that this story is from Guinevere's point of view. I also loved how Guinevere was personalized. Usually Guinevere's earlier years are ignored but Eveline provides a very thorough character in Guinevere. She also provides the reader insight into her world and her thoughts. I really enjoyed this story. Once I opened the first page my attention was captured. I am excited to see that this is th ...more
Feb 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I recieved a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

I can not wait to read the second book in this series! I loved it more than I honestly thought I would. I was instantly dragged into the story and found myself either loving or hating certain characters and my heart going out to them when they found themselves in terrible circumstances. I flew through this book way faster than I thought I would and enjoyed every moment of it.
Ruth Chatlien
Jun 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
When I started this, I wasn't sure I would like a retelling of Guinevere's story with a feminist twist (at least, that's my take on it). I did enjoy it very much, although there were occasional insertions of modern phrases that threw me briefly out of the world. That wasn't enough, however, to diminish my appreciation of Evelina's achievement. I especially liked the contrast between the old pagan and "new" Christian systems—which is also explored in Bernard Cornwell's Saxon series—but which is s ...more
Dec 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. So different and so good! This book is from Guinevere's point of view. Got hooked from page one! Can't wait to read the rest in this series! ...more
Kiki Z
DNF'd at 50% because I haven't cared in several chapters. Since the beginning basically. There's very little plot and thinly drawn characters. ...more
Anne Monteith
I love novels about this period in which we know so little about. This was the era known as the Dark Age; we have almost no knowledge about people who lived during this time. We know that once the Romans left this area was constantly fighting, tribe against tribe, and country against country. The saga that Marion Zimmer Bradley wrote about Avalon is one of my favorites as are the movies that Hollywood did back in the 50’s. There are novels where Morgan is portrayed as a heroine and some where sh ...more
FTC Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours in exchange for a fair and honest review. Opinions expressed are mine.

Having read The Mists of Avalon quite some time ago, I was ready to read Nicole Evelina’s version of this Arthurian legend in her new work, Daughter of Destiny (Guinevere’s Tale Book #1). Evelina did not disappoint.

Taking her readers back in time to Guinevere at age 11, Evelina shares with us the pressures placed on this
Apr 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who has a passion for King Arthur, Guinevere, and Britain.
Great! I cannot ever read enough about King Arthur, his queen, Guinevere, Merlin, Avalon, and all the players in Britain's Camelot. Nicole Evelina's Daughter of Destiny, Guinevere's Tale, Book 1 puts forth the well-known story with some new twists, and I thoroughly enjoyed myself as I devoured each word. I was very excited when I was browsing one day and discovered it. The author plans to write a sequel. Daughter of Destiny, Guinevere's Tale, Book 1 relates the beginning of Guinevere's life usin ...more
Tessa Floreano
Feb 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An oft-told tale told anew

Journey back to the early years of Guinevere's life as seen from her point of view. In the first of the author's three books about Guinevere's story, the first is one in which she carries the mantle of priestess, lover, daughter, friend, and finally wife (at the very end), and the reader witnesses her often uneasy transition among those roles--some desired, others not. The life of a priestess in training on the mystical isle of Avalon contrasts with a confined life in a
Anarie Brady
Jan 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: love-it
I have loved the King Arthur myth for years and years but have always felt Guinevere got a bum rap. She is, in my opinion, an undiscovered treasure chest of story. That was, until now. Evelina writes an intriguing tale of a young girl who wants what most people do from life: Love, acceptance, and a place to fit in. Make no mistake, Evelina's Guinevere is no one's victim. She is an intelligent, caring, compassionate young woman who is easy to relate to and believe in. Technically, Evelina has don ...more
Ellen Parker
Jan 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Before she was Queen…

Life in 5th century Britain was filled with turmoil. Ms Evelina illustrates the strife between Lords and Kings plus Pagans and Christians by exploring the life of young Guinevere.
At age eleven, Guinevere travels to Avalon and begins her training as a priestess. But change is in the air and after the death of her mother, Guinevere returns to her father. Fostered out to a family of devout Christians, she is tested in ways small and large.
I really enjoyed reading the little det
Feb 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The King Arthur story is one most of know, from Disney movies to tales of a sword, from wizards to a certain lady of the lake. This is the story of Guinevere, prior to Arthur. Yes, he makes an appearance but not until late in the book. This is the first in a series. We meet Guinevere as a very young child, she is just arriving at Avalon on her way to becoming an Avalonian Priestess.
This is a well written, fascinating book. Guinevere is young, innocent and full of life. Morgan, her arch nemesis,
Heather Osborne
Feb 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I do not know much about the Arthurian legends, aside from the obvious, but I thoroughly enjoyed Daughter of Destiny. Guinevere’s character was much more developed than what is known about her, and it makes her more human in a way. The reader can see what she was like before becoming Arthur’s wife. I was intrigued by the role of Morgan, I hope her character comes into play more in the future books of the series. A quick read, I would be more likely to class this as historical fantasy than histor ...more
Jan 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: default
i was l lucky enough to win a signed copy of this book, and to be honest i was not expecting much as i am not really a fan of historical books, but i could not put it down, to be fair i dont know much about Guinevere and Arthur, just the basics so maybe that made it better for me, there is a good mix of characters and places, lots of highs and lows, i found myself lost on a world i didn't expect to be happy in, i am slowly coming round to the idea that historical fiction is not so bad, and defin ...more
Feb 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderfully written. I was so happy to see Guinevere's story brought out of the shadows and into the light. The book started strong and held steady till the end. I didn't want to put it down and finished it in the same day. I'm alway happy when I find a story with a strong female character. One that isn't whining or hopelessly dependent on a destructive relationship. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone interested in the legends of Arthur and Avalon. I'm looking forward to the next b ...more
Jan 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Stay or Go..

I enjoyed this tale very much.

Guinevere is the strong daughter of a Roman king and a mother who was part of the Votadini tribe.

Her maternal family are believers in the old religion of Avalon, and so Guinevere is sent there to study, where she meets Viviane and Morgan.

There is a plot twist that makes this book an overall worthwhile read.

Serena Scott Thomas did well with the narration.

"This audio book was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for
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Nicole Evelina is a USA Today bestselling author of historical fiction, non-fiction, and women’s fiction whose six books have won more than 40 awards, including three Book of the Year designations. The TV/movie option for her book Madame Presidentess, was recently acquired by Fortitude International.

Nicole was named Missouri’s Top Independent Author by Library Journal and Biblioboard as the winne

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