Guinevere's Gamble (Chrysalis Queen Quartet Series #2)

Guinevere's Gamble (Chrysalis Queen Quartet Series #2)

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by Nancy McKenzie
     
 

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The second book in the Chrysalis Queen Quartet, starring the young Guinevere.

Much has changed over the last few months in Gwynedd, but Guinevere is still uncertain where her future lies. She recently made the unsettling discovery that she has been guarded all her life by a pagan tribe who believes she is destined to save them—they believe she and

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The second book in the Chrysalis Queen Quartet, starring the young Guinevere.

Much has changed over the last few months in Gwynedd, but Guinevere is still uncertain where her future lies. She recently made the unsettling discovery that she has been guarded all her life by a pagan tribe who believes she is destined to save them—they believe she and the great king will one day wed. But this prophecy is so at odds with her inferior position in the castle as Queen Alyse and King Pellinore’s lowly ward, she can’t believe it’s true. Now more complications arise as Guinevere and her cousin accompany Alyse and Pellinore to a meeting between Welsh kings, presided over by one of the High King Arthur’s knights. While there, Guinevere discovers she has a powerful enemy: King Arthur’s sister, Princess Morgaine. But why would Morgaine hate her?

Guinevere is tumbling into her destiny in ways she never imagined, and she may soon have to face the prophecy with new eyes. . . .


From the Hardcover edition.

Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Pam Carlson
In this second book of the Chrysalis Queen Quartet, Guinevere moves closer to realizing her destiny when her family travels to a contentious meeting of the kings presided over by one of Arthur's top men. Also in attendance are the mysterious Merlin and the treacherous Morgan La Fey. Both recognize the willowy tomboy as a force and threat to be reckoned with when Gwen's rash courage and passionate diplomacy save her guardian Llyr from a certain death sentence after he is accused of theft by le Fey. New characters are skillfully introduced even as the now familiar ones of Gwen, Arthur-obsessed cousin Elaine, and wise Aunt Alyse continue to be developed. The story flows smoothly and quickly from one challenge to another. Readers will not find it easy to predict Guinevere's responses, but none can deny her steady maturing toward queendom and ease in capturing the hearts of future subjects. The final pages give a tantalizing hint of the future when she discovers the identity of her beloved horse Zephyr's trainer—"Sir Lancelot of Lanascol. Why, it sounds like singing." McKenzie shows great finesse in revealing just enough throughout this engaging epic to increase anticipation for the fateful day when Guinevere and Arthur will finally meet face to face. Reviewer: Pam Carlson
School Library Journal
Gr 6–10—In this installment in the series, Guinevere, 13, is just as uncertain about the path her life will follow. The prophecy that she will be a mighty ruler, a great beauty, and the highest lady in all of Britain weighs heavily on her mind and heart because she knows that there is a second part to the prophecy that has been kept from her. She continues to live a simple life as the ward of her uncle King Pellinore and Aunt Alyse, but everything changes when all of the Welsh kings are invited to a conference with High King Arthur. Arthur's sister, Morgan le Fey, takes an instant dislike to Guinevere, and when she finds out about the prophecy, she hatches a dark plot against her and her friend Llyr, an Old One who is charged with guarding Guinevere until her destiny can be fulfilled. However, many men at the conference are prejudiced against the Old Ones, and they begin to hunt him. When Morgan accuses him of a crime he did not commit, Guinevere must find a way to save his life without alienating High King Arthur or any of the Welsh kingdoms. McKenzie deftly weaves in bits of various Arthurian legends but maintains a strong focus on Guinevere and the other female characters. Using foreshadowing, she hints at what is to come, but never reveals too much. Readers who are familiar with Arthurian legends as well as those who are not will find this continuing story enjoyable.—Cheri Dobbs, Detroit Country Day Middle School, Beverly Hills, MI

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375853609
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
06/09/2009
Series:
Chrysalis Queen Quartet Series , #2
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
461,601
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

Meet the Author

Nancy McKenzie is the author of several novels based on Arthurian tales. She lives in Danbury, Connecticut.


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Guinevere's Gamble 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Guinevere is still struggling to come to terms with the prophecy given at the time of her birth; a prophecy that foretold Guinevere would one day be wed to a great king and be the highest lady in the land. She's also trying to come to terms with the young man the ancient tribe appointed as her personal guardian. As a ward of Queen Alyse and King Pellinore, she is invited to join them and her cousin, Princess Elaine, as they travel to a meeting of the Welsh kings. Here Guinevere meets King Arthur's sister, Princess Morgan. Unfortunately, Morgan seems to hate Gwen on site and uses her power and influence in an attempt to destroy Guinevere through the people she cares about. This puts Gwen's tribal guardian, Llyr, in danger, and she will risk everything to save him. In GUINEVERE'S GAMBLE, McKenzie introduces the infamous Morgan le Fay and also Merlin to her readers. As with the previous installment, Ms. McKenzie gives these old (and much written about characters)new life and makes them her own while still remaining true to the legend. GUINEVERE'S GAMBLE is the second book in THE CHRYSALIS QUEEN QUARTET and a marvelous companion to the first book, GUINEVERE'S GIFT. I loved reading more about Guinevere's journey toward her future and I am anxiously waiting for the third book.
Madelynn Felix More than 1 year ago
This book was really good!I reaally enjoyed it!
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This was a great book. I can't wait for the next book!