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Gwenhwyfar: The White Spirit (a Novel of King Arthur)
     

Gwenhwyfar: The White Spirit (a Novel of King Arthur)

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by Mercedes Lackey, Anne Flosnik (Narrated by)
 

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The bestselling author of the Valdemar novels pens a classic tale about King Arthur's legendary queen.

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Gwenhwyfar 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 44 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Gwenhwyfar is the daughter of King Lleeudd, the nominal vassal to King Arthur, who is struggling to unite England while fighting off the Saxon incursion. Her mother follows the old ways while Arthur straddles the line between the pagan past and the followers of Christ. Gwenhwyfar has a younger sister Gwenhwyfach who hates her goes off with Morgana to learn the magic of the Old ways. The good daughter is heavily imbued with power and it is thought she would go study at the school of the Ladies of the Well. However Gwen is told she is touched by another Goddess Epora who is worshipped by warriors as the horse goddess. Gwen turns her back on magic and with her father's consent, becomes a warrior. Over time she becomes the head of her father's army respected by the men as their best warrior. For years she has done what makes her happy but when Arthur's second wife dies without an heir, Gwen is the chosen one as his next spouse. Arthur's bastard son kidnaps her and the leader of the Otherworld with the assistance of a priest helps her escape. She must return to a husband who she does not love in a land on the brink of war with her sister Gwenhwyfach amongst the enemy. Mercedes Lackey has written her version of King Arthur who is an old man married to a young woman in order to begat his heir. He is far from the hero of legend especially with his treatment of his wives. Gwenhwyfar is a courageous hardened warrior who plans military strategy for her father in a world where Christ is displacing the old ways, she tries to treat both camps fairly although she possesses some of the magic of the Sisters. This is a brilliant feminist twist to the Arthurian saga Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mercedes Lackey is one of my favorite authors, but I bought this book with trepidation, since I often find historical "adaptations" rather boring. This is a unique look at the Arthurian legend from the perspective of a young and somewhat unconventional woman. I loved it!
Rottiedog More than 1 year ago
Gwenhwyfar has been written about in many ways -- but had never seen this take. Good characterization and well-written. The underlying plots helped to concrete the story
mandyrv80 More than 1 year ago
In the Afterward the author writes that she stumbled across The Three Guieveres when she is researching welsh legends and decides to make a story of it. The idea of there being three Guieneveres just souns so intresting to me and the author made good use of the idea telling a great story of jealousy, love, and treachory.
Shamrock More than 1 year ago
A truly excellent read that puts a spin on an old tale. The story is rich in characters and as always once started I just couldn't put it down. This is a must read!!
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Khizmet More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the "different" direction Mercedes Lackey took with this very old and often re-written story. A must read for all ML readers and actually, I would like to see a sequal to this one.
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Tiger_bright More than 1 year ago
This book is an interesting perspective on the King Arthur saga, but moves rather slowly and lacks any real excitement.
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