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    Amazing, non-traditional Arthurian fantasy!

    I received a free copy of this book with the option of leaving an honest review. This sequel to Daughter of Destiny is amazing! Continuing where the first book left off, Camelot's Queen is a well-written Arthurian fantasy with political intrigue, war, an epic quest, religious intrusion, and romance. As with the first book, the tale is told from Guinevere's point of view; a fact that is strongly reflected in her role as a queen and Arthur's advisor, her belief system, in her innermost thoughts and feelings, and in her actions. Evelina does an amazing job of narrating Guinevere's innermost thoughts and feelings, which reflect the fact that Guinevere is a priestess of Avalon and not Christian. An excellent example of this is Guinevere's "affair" with Lancelot. From Guinevere's perspective, marriage is an equal partnership in which men and women play different but equal roles. Since Arthur is able to practice bigamy under his religious laws, why shouldn't she? However, she is intelligent enough to understand that the society she lives in will not agree with her point of view, so she keeps it secret. I found the political intrigue and religious intrusion fascinating. In the beginning of the tale, church and state have a somewhat steady peace; however, as we are drawn deeper into the tale, we see the degree of separation between the two dwindle and watch as Camelot's political system and interpersonal relationships are affected. Evelina weaves an intricate and fascinating narrative that makes Guinevere's role in Camelot as important as Arthur's and sheds new light on a tale that is traditionally male-centric; making Camelot's Queen a fantastic choice for Arthurian fantasy fans who are looking for a non-traditional twist on a classic story, or for romantic fantasy fans who enjoy plots centered around strong female protagonists.
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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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