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    Good Follow-Up, Somewhat Disappointing

    This book, in most ways, fulfilled the promise of Daughter of Destiny, carrying forward the engaging characters and storyline, the history and lore of Camelot and Arthur. Camelot’s Queen, the second instalment of the Guinevere’s Tale series begins directly after the marriage of Guinevere and Arthur. Following the early years of their reign the plot is exciting and well-paced and the writing, mostly, is smooth. We begin to see the fortitude and depth that shape this Guinevere and this Guinevere is worthy of the legend that has lived for well over a thousand years. That said, I was somewhat disappointed by the lack of polish compared to the first book (and in general). I encountered multiple typos in addition to some disruptive and awkward moments.These alone might not have warranted comment, but these in addition to some other aspects do. First, there is a reference to Bedlam (the Bethlehem Royal Hospital in London for the mad), a hospital that was not even founded until 1247, and a term (Bedlam) whose earliest recorded usage in this context was 1598. Taking place in the late 490s and early 500s, the usage in this book is something that should have been caught in the editing process. This kind of anachronism, in such a beautifully researched and written story, is really disheartening. Another concern that came up, again something that really should have been caught by the author, editor, publisher, anyone, is the use of a phrase that is the beginning of the most popular quote from one of the most popular fantasy series of all time: "as the wheel of time turns" is the start of the binding phrase that pulls through all of Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series. It is a phrase used so much and so well that it might only be second to Winter is coming. To use it in a book of a similar genre is dangerous. If nothing else it invites a comparison. I did wonder if it might be phrasing from a Druid tradition, but my research only found it as a ritual concept from Buddhist and Hindu traditions. I still loved the story, and I am looking forward to the next book in the series, but I hope that it will be scrutinized a little more carefully before publication to catch these little sloppy mistakes that bring a 5-star story down to a 3.5-star book.

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