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The story of a love and a treachery that would live for all time. Guinevere and Arthur. Lancelot and Merlin and Morgan Le Fay — all the names of myth are given flesh and blood in this Del Rey Discovery of the Year book!

The Del Rey Discovery of the year is a dazzling new novel of the Arthurian legend--in the bestselling tradition of The Mists of Avalon. Prophesied by a wise woman is the story of the great lady's betrayal. Here, an ...

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Overview

The story of a love and a treachery that would live for all time. Guinevere and Arthur. Lancelot and Merlin and Morgan Le Fay — all the names of myth are given flesh and blood in this Del Rey Discovery of the Year book!

The Del Rey Discovery of the year is a dazzling new novel of the Arthurian legend--in the bestselling tradition of The Mists of Avalon. Prophesied by a wise woman is the story of the great lady's betrayal. Here, an imaginative new voice reveals Guinevere's intelligence and complexities. Original.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
First novelist McKenzie brings immediate freshness to her entertaining reworking of an often-told story by focusing on the girl destined to be queen. Two critical conflicts challenge this child queen's noble nature: the first is, of course, her love for Lancelot; the second is the jealousy of Guinevere's companion and cousin Elaine, who all her life longed to be Arthur's bride. And herein lies the book's weakness. Guinevere is unaccountably blind to Elaine's malevolence, and her characterization as a singular, strong and intuitive woman suffers accordingly. The book ends weakly, for the conflict between Elaine and Guinevere unfortunately comes to a head in a series of scenes where Guinevere behaves like nothing so much as a spoiled brat. Nevertheless, the charm of the majority of the novel succeeds in arousing interest in promised future volumes. While this Del Rey Discovery of the Year will not displace any of the classic tellings, it is a worthwhile debut. (Aug.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345382443
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 7/2/1994
  • Series: Del Rey Discovery Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 307
  • Product dimensions: 4.22 (w) x 6.93 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2003

    I Love Arthur

    This was one of the best books I've ever read. It was so good I read it over 5 times in a row.I also fell in love with Arthur. It was awesome.

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