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Gwenhwyfar by Mercedes Lackey
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Feb 01, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: historical, fantasy
Read in January, 2011

I picked this book up at my local bookstore, which has a very limited English-language section. Lackey is a fantasy writer that I've seen around an awful lot but, up until now, have avoided for no particular reason. This book, however, gives me good reason to avoid her in future.

The protagonist is a thinly veiled Mary Sue. King Arthur hardly features at all, and when he does he's portrayed as a bit of a bastard. At no point does part 1 sound like the narrative of a nine year old. The antagonists' reasons for being evil are simply that they are born evil. A number of points that I would consider fairly important are ignored while useless ones are expanded on far too much. Ultimantely I did not like this retelling of the Arthurian legend. And the ending wasn't even satisfying to boot!

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