Child of the Northern Spring
The story of a queen who deserves to become a legend - a startlingly original tale of Arthur & Guinevere
Often portrayed as spoiled, in Persia Woolley's hands Guinevere comes alive as a high-spirited, passionate woman. When she is chosen by Arthur to be his wife, Guinevere's independence wars with her family loyalty. As the wedding approaches and hints of rebellion ab...more
Allowing for the writing style that says YA to me, it's an excellent read. What spoils it are the myriad historical howlers and casual modern language that pops up. I have no problem with a writer using modern language in HF but ...more
Arthurian legends have held the aura of mystique for quite a few years, but the recent releases of Anna Elliott's Avalon series have helped me to quench the thirst for more stories of the period. There are several popular authors of the Arthurian genre such as Marion Zimmer Bradley, and Helen Hollick's Kingmaking series, and we also have the Guenevere novels by Rosalind Miles that I have wanted to read for awhile. Instead the opportunity came to review this reissue of anothe ...more
However, as it developed, I came ...more
I guess the popularity of the subject (Arthur's round table) makes it possible that a book like this got published. A lot of information is delivered in the story, as well as assumptions as to how Guinevere has lived. I am not sure ...more
The story about Queen Guinevere, her childhood, and how she met and married her king Arthur.
This story felt a bit truer than some as the author tried to keep the real facts in mind. The Romans have left, Saxons are invading, England, and Wales are made up from different kingdoms and under Ambrosius, Uther and no King Arthur they have a high king. Old Ways are meeting the new Christian church.
This first book was not really about Arthur yet, instead she grew up and had flashbacks, ...more
A book on King Arthur's reign from Guinevere's perspective, this story offers insight into who the mythic figures right-hand-women was, and how that influenced him. It also delves into religious beliefs common at the time, and how they play into the story. Love, loss, courage and humanity are all part of this story ...more
Okay, let's start all over again.
I liked this book. Yet, it didn't entirely satisfy me, hence I couldn't give it more than three stars.
The major problem of this book is the lack of major original plot twists. It's a pretty standard retelling, this one, made precious by the ability of the writer to give life to both characters and historical setting.
I was able to understand what kind of guy Arthur ...more
I am trying out a new review format today called "3 Reasons Review". Jen from Jenny loves to read and I have chatted about coming up with a simple review format. Something with just the basics of what readers would want to know about a book. Some books do not require an in-depth analysis, yet as reviewers we still strive to get the important bits across to our readers. Therefore, the 3 Reasons, came from what Jenny and I think are most important. Didn't come up with a fancy butt ...more
When this spirited, good-humored "Gwen" finally meets her betrothed, she is relieved ...more
I loved this book. I love that we are introduced to Guinevere as a young girl. We see sketches of her life ...more
This book is narrated by Guinevere, the daughter of a widowed king in Rheged (a Welsh kingdom). It starts out as she leaves home to marry Arthur, but the first half is mostly flashbacks of her childhood, with the trip to her new life as a framing story. The second half is more chronological - she meets Arthur and their rel ...more
Persia Woolley brings Arthurian legend to life as a story grounded in reality, not fantasy. The setting is sixth century Britain when the culture of the fallen Roman Empire still exerted influence on many and the Saxon invasions provided for an ever present threat to safety of the realm.
Woolley has an eye for detail that allows her readers to be caught up in another time with characters who are vivid and lively. Guenievere is every much the fiesty Celtic tomboy p ...more
And this really just explored the hope and excitement of Arthur's reign...not what comes at the end. So it looks like we will really get to know the characters....and seeing how Gwenivere and Arthur come together in this, I cant see how Gwen does what Gwen does....and look forward to the next two installments.
My first problem was the pacing of the book. I just didn’t find myself becoming interested in Guinevere’s early life as a child in her fat ...more
For me this book just didn't quite hang together somehow.
The first half of the book kept jumping between flashback and the time the main story was set in, and the ratio was about two chapters of flashback to each chapter in the present. That didn't work for me. It made the story feel slow, and I found it a bit confusing at times. However, it ...more
The author obviously did her research not only of the Arthurian Legend but also of the cultures of the time period. It is saturated with cultural details of the Celts and deals with the differences between C ...more
I really enjoyed Guinevere's spunky attitude and her egalitarianish upbringing. She seems like a modern woman trapped in ancient times, a slightly anachronistic character in an anachronistic kingdom (yes, I like using the word anachronistic, ...more
I liked many things about this book. I liked that it was more historical fiction than fantasy like other Arthurian legend books. The characters were well-drawn and very three dimensional. The book seeme ...more
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"They always say that when things get difficult," she answered softly. Then she sat up suddenly as though coming fully awake. Reaching down, she took my chin in her hand and tipped my face to look up at hers. "Remember, Gwen, no matter who says what, the important thing is to understand what needs to be done, and then do it. No matter how hard it is, or how much pain you feel. It's as simple as that, really. Once you know what you have to do, you just do it.”