Queen of the Summer Stars: Book Two of the Guinevere Trilogy

Queen of the Summer Stars: Book Two of the Guinevere Trilogy

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by Persia Woolley
     
 

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"Once again we are captivated by the magic of the legend that has long fed our appetite for pageantry and romantic adventure."
-Washington Post

In a country still reeling from the collapse of the Roman Empire, the young King Arthur and his wife Guinevere struggle to keep the barbarians at bay even as they establish the Fellowship of the Round Table. The

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"Once again we are captivated by the magic of the legend that has long fed our appetite for pageantry and romantic adventure."
-Washington Post

In a country still reeling from the collapse of the Roman Empire, the young King Arthur and his wife Guinevere struggle to keep the barbarians at bay even as they establish the Fellowship of the Round Table. The spirited and outspoken Guinevere skillfully combats an accusation of planning to poison Arthur in a country simmering with unrest and scandal. But Guinevere's greatest battles are dangers Arthur cannot see-ones she'll have to fight on her own. And all the while, she must reconcile her thirst for freedom with her duties as queen, and her growing love for Lancelot with her loyalty to her husband. Vibrantly human and touchingly real, Guinevere reigns as a woman poised to discover the true peril and promise of the human heart.

Praise for Persia Woolley's Guinevere Trilogy

"In Queen of the Summer Stars, Woolley employs the same sensitive revelation of character and attention to cultural detail that made Child of the Northern Spring such an enchantment."
-San Francisco Chronicle

"Richly textured, evoking the sights and sounds of castle and countryside, the qualities of knight and servant. Highly recommended."
-Library Journal

"A marvelous sense of daily life...the details of tribal differences among Briton, Saxon, and Pict, as well as the uneasy mixture of pagan and Christian ritual and belief. Enjoyable for all fans of Arthurian romance."
-Booklist

"Persia Woolley is a born storyteller. Her love and enthusiasm for Guinevere and her times shimmers from every page."
-Parke Godwin, author of Beloved Exile and The First Rainbow

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Editorial Reviews

Celtic Lady's Reviews
A must read for the history and fantasy buff.
Savey Spender
The characters in the story are different then other versions I have heard. I was excited to see this new version and really loved reading it.
Debbie's Book Bag
Fans of the Arthurian legends will love this one!
From the Publisher
A must read for the history and fantasy buff.

The characters in the story are different then other versions I have heard. I was excited to see this new version and really loved reading it.

Fans of the Arthurian legends will love this one!

True to Arthurian legend and to historical medieval life. 5/5.

A wonderful read full of history, romance and myth of the round table.

A fast-paced and thrilling adventure... Masterfully crafted.

A wonderful story of Guinevere,who deserved to be a legend herself.

Woolley's writing style flows easily from page to page...

A wonderful author, bringing the legend alive to me in a way no other book on the subject has before. The characters and places are depicted so vividly I was pulled in and didn't ever want to leave them.

I've always been in love with the stories of King Arthur to begin with and I love seeing them portrayed as real people. I especially love seeing Gwen live and love and make real choices.

Quite simply, the best version of the Arthurian legend that I have read.

"Ms. Chadwick brings Eleanor (Alienor) alive in The Summer Queen... The power of historical fiction, when done well, is that it allows an author to create a personality and offer possible explanations for the events for the past. Ms. Chadwick did this well." - Luxury Reading, 4 stars

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The second volume of Woolley's Arthurian trilogy ( Child of the Northern Spring ) follows Guinevere from the second to the 10th year of her marriage to King Arthur. In this vivid, colorful and homey retelling, Guinevere is a caring and faithful wife and queen, deeply in love with her husband and despairing of her childlessness. As Arthur and his men strive to unify Britain and preserve it from invading Saxons, the various Companions are shown as courageous but all-too-human warriors and courtiers. Lancelot, the king's chief advisor, is cold to the queen, but when he serves as her champion after she is accused of attempted murder, this hostility is dispelled. Loyalty and their mutual love for Arthur keeps them from succumbing to desire. Morgan le Fay, Arthur's half sister, lusts for the crown; her machinations lie behind many of the troubles that afflict the royal couple, a fact Arthur is slow to accept. Other figures of legend, limned with clearly defined personalities, work out their destinies--Gawain and Ragnell, Merlin and Nimue, the two Elaines, Tristan, Isolde and King Mark. Faintly intimated in this volume is the tragedy that will finally strike. BOMC and QPB alternates; Preferred Choice Book Plan main selection. (June)
Library Journal
Guinevere continues her story begun in Child of the Northern Spring , picking it up in the early years of her marriage to King Arthur and stopping after Mordred's arrival at court and Lancelot's departure. Through her eyes, the reader sees the marriage and the kingdom take shape, experiences her kidnapping, and observes the romance of Tristan and Isolde. The stories are familiar, but the suspense is in learning how they are to be related. The individuals are not drawn larger than life or made mystical. Arthur is often aloof, preoccupied with his own concerns. Guinevere's relationship with Lancelot develops slowly and believably. The prose is richly textured, evoking the sights and sounds of castle and countryside, the qualities of knight and of servant. Highly recommended. BOMC and Quality Paperback Book Club alternates.-- Ellen Kaye Stoppel, Drake Univ. Law Lib., Des Moines
School Library Journal
Most people have seen the screen or stage version of Camelot , but its story, setting, and characters seem like mere shells compared to the rich, extensive characterization; scenery; and plot intricacies of this book. A sequel to Woolley's Child of the Northern Spring (Pocket, 1989), it is detailed and authentic in every respect, reflecting Woolley's extensive research into Arthurian lore. Guinevere's first-person narration adds a new dimension to the telling; somehow all of the characters become full presences from her perspective. Arthur's reign as high king is covered, and his ancestry is revealed--yes, there are skeletons even in great King Arthur's closet; readers learn why he bans his half-sister Morgause from his court, and why Mordred is potentially a character of loathing. Pleasant reading for high-school students, and a look at royal life during the Dark Ages of Britain. --Diane Goheen, Topeka West High School, KS

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402246401
Publisher:
Sourcebooks
Publication date:
06/01/2011
Series:
Guinevere Trilogy
Pages:
512
Sales rank:
765,525
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.20(d)

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Meet the Author

Persia Woolley is the author of the Guinevere Trilogy: Child of the Northern Spring, Queen of the Summer Stars, and Guinevere: Legend in Autumn. She lives in Northern California.

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Queen of the Summer Stars 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
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ybehome More than 1 year ago
Discriptive giving a feel of looking through a window. I enjoyed this historical fiction. Perfect light reading to take you away on a new adventure.
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This is an obvious book 2 in the Guinevere series. Kept my attention but starting to become predictable. I'm already into book 3.
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Brannif More than 1 year ago
I think Persia did a great job with this book. She really makes you feel that you are there sat the time. I would really like to read the third book
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harstan More than 1 year ago
Queen Guinevere loves her husband of two years Arthur and supports his efforts to unite the country under his banner as the High King. Her only regret is that she has not birthed the heir to her husband's throne. Meanwhile Arthur and his loyal Companions deal with the invading Saxons and the unification, which leaves him no time for his wife. Arthur's half sister Morgan Le Fey wants the crown so she sets all sorts of plots in motion to harm her brother via her sister-in-law. When Guinevere is accused of murder, Lancelot champions the queen who he had previously been aloof towards. They are attracted to one another, but refuse to do anything that will hurt their beloved Arthur. However, Arthur's indifference to his wife over the next few years and his rejection of her belief his sister is undermining him force a schism between the king and queen; she turns to Lancelot. The second Guinevere Trilogy tale (see Child of the Northern Spring) is a great entry that follows the lives of the Camelot key players (the quartet above as well as Gawain and Ragnell; Merlin and Nimue; and Tristan and Isolde, etc.) during the first decade of marriage between Arthur and Guinevere. The tales of the other players insure the story line is more than just a middle transition book though that is a key element. Readers will relish Queen of the Summer Stars as the players are full blooded with flaws while setting in motion for the final tragic consequences caused by Camelot consisting of humans not legends. Harriet Klausner
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AAR More than 1 year ago
QUEEN OF THE SUMMER STARS (A QUEEN BLOSSOMS) by Persia Woolley is an interesting reissue of historical fiction and the recreation of the tale of Arthur and Guinevere. It is the second in the "Arthurian" triology(Guinevere Trilogy),but can be read as a stand alone. It is told from the perspective of Guinevere,who deserved to become a legend. It is a story of romance,myths of the round table, witchcraft, treachery,danger not seen,evil,unholy alliances,King Arthur,Lancelot,Merlin,and the perils of the human heart. While Guinevere joins forces with her dear husband King Arthur,she must also battle her heart and evil forces. This is a lively recreation of an old tale of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table.It also shows us the difference between the castle life of old.The differences among the Saxon,Pict,Briton.The mixture of pagan and Christian beliefs and riturals. And the qualities of knights and servants during this time period.It is an must read for any historical,Arthurian and romance readers. This is a very vivid story that will have you wanting more. A wonderful story of Guinevere,who deserved to be a legend herself.This book was received from the purpose of review from the publisher and details can be found at Sourcebooks Landmark,a division of Sourcebooks,Inc. and My Book Addiction Reviews.
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A totally new veiw of King Arthur. This book has all the drama of a soap opra with a historical story any Arthur fanatic would enjoy.