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Camelot's Destiny
     

Camelot's Destiny

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by Cynthia Breeding, Kensington Publishing (Manufactured by)
 

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Britain, Sixth Century AD--a time of Pagan magic and Christian piety, a place of mystery, treachery and dark enchantment. Here the legend of Camelot was born, and with it, bold passions and forbidden desire...

Young, lovely, and willful, Gwenhwyfar is chosen by Arthur to be his wife and future queen of Britain--an honor she reluctantly accepts. Soon,however, she

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Britain, Sixth Century AD--a time of Pagan magic and Christian piety, a place of mystery, treachery and dark enchantment. Here the legend of Camelot was born, and with it, bold passions and forbidden desire...

Young, lovely, and willful, Gwenhwyfar is chosen by Arthur to be his wife and future queen of Britain--an honor she reluctantly accepts. Soon,however, she canot ignore the awakening passion Briatin's new king ignites. He is a lover who delights her with his touch, yet whose desires are not shared with her alone.

Seared by the forbidden kiss of Arthur's most trusted warrior, Lancelot, Gwenhayfar is swept up into a world of unbidden passion, torn by loyalty and love for a husband who betrays her and a man she cannot have.

But in a time where good and evil clash, where magic and chivalry reign, love will prove as fiercea weapon as any sword...

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780821780305
Publisher:
Kensington
Publication date:
08/28/2006
Series:
Zebra Debut Series
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
4.22(w) x 6.76(h) x 1.16(d)

Meet the Author

Cynthia Breeding is the award-winning author of twelve novels and more than twenty-five stories published in anthologies, mostly historical romances and urban-fantasies. She lives on the Gulf Coast of Texas, enjoying beautiful views of the water and long walks on the beach as well.

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4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
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Since most readers already know the Camelot story in one fashion or another 'both a romance and tragedy', in lieu of a plot summary, I will simply state that Cynthia Breeding's CAMELOT'S DESTINY is faithful to the literary and historical tradition in the most minute details and yet her romance adds psychological details and a carefully recrafting of the details in a new context. Her fictional imagination adds insights merely hinted in the original texts. The Grail Quest, only a hint here in CAMELOT'S DESTINY, finally makes sense within the context of the whole Arthurian story. If a medieval enthusiast ever wonders what the modern genre of medieval historical romance could add to the medieval literary tradition, CAMELOT'S DESTINY would be a superb example of the importance of historical romance today and the effect it might have on renewing and interest in both historical romance and medieval literature. Cynthia Breeding incorporates the later literary romance tradition in the true medieval sense of roman Arthurian 'which translates as Arthurian romance', and adds back into the Arthur story the chronicle tradition and historical and tone of the histories written closer to the actual events. Even better, Cynthia Breeding adds her own fictional imagination to the great Arthur story, allowing fans to see the love, romance, and jealousies that threatened this great king and his realm. By adding the story of the women, the non-pagan tradition to the Christian one and the details of the personal lives of the Camelot and Avalon world, Arthurian lovers see the real tensions and romance underlying the political world of knights and kings. Cynthia Breeding expands upon the details of the friendship between Arthur and Lancelot, as well as their rivalry, which are there but never fully explicated in the medieval texts. We see Gwenhwyfar as a person and woman beyond her role as queen and the literary courtly traditions surrounding her. The author brings together the whole world of Vivien, Nimue and Avalon in a way that enlightens some of the tensions and loyalties at Camelot. The psychological portraits of Medraut 'known as Mordred in some medieval tales' and Galahad add true insights into some of the events surrounding Camelot. For one of the first times, we see maybe a bit of the psychological reasons that behind his madness within to destroy Camelot. Readers will love Galahad here thanks to Cynthia Breeding. In the Old French grail quest version, Galahad is the perfect spiritual knight but so grating on the nerves. Here he is also spiritual but his relationship to his father adds a giving quality to his Christian calling rather than the sanctimonious preachy perfect beyond human way the Old French cleric wrote him. Don't expect an idealized Hollywood version of Camelot here. Although these versions are fun to read as well, Cynthia Breeding relies on the actual medieval historical and literary records. Camelot is a world teetering on the brink of darkness and destruction as the Saxon invasion nears. Nevertheless, among this darkness and internal pain within the characters, there is a happy ending that actual feels more whole and encompassing than a simplistic ending could ever be. Can those forced to love through duty do somehow find a love of the heart? Here Cynthia Breeding adds that special twist that only modern day historical romance can give back to the medieval tradition, as hearts find wholeness. While remaining faithful to the modern romance genre conventions, Cynthia Breeding she still finds a special twist for the ending to the delight of medieval enthusiasts! Camelot's Destiny is a welcome addition to the Arthurian canon, one that tells the story of tension and love at Camelot from the point of view of not just king, knights and queen but of men and women.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Cynthia Breeding has produced a wonderful story of Camelot. Instead of just the tragic love triangle of Arthur, Lancelot, and Gwen, Ms. Breeding places the infidelity of Arthur as the starting point of the fall of Camelot.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Cynthia Breeding provides an interesting twist to this version of the historical fantasy of King Arthur, Gwenhwyfar and Lancelot. Not only is the complicated threesome love story of these Arthurian characters presented, but with an added Celtic pagan Druid twist, as King Arthur actually marries to Gwenhwyfar in the physical world and Nimue the pagan, Druid 'Lady of the Lake,' in the mystical pagan world. There seems to be more emotional pain in the love between this triad/foursome of characters than would be expected. The infidelity of everyone is emotionally painful, and yet everyone seems to be forced to overlook and forgive much, which gives the reader a very strange sense of the love in this tale. I found myself wondering why Arthur bothered going through the marriage with Gwenhwyfar at all and found it difficult up to the very end to believe that Arther loved anyone at all but himself. But throughout all of these complicated relationship issues is a well-written, well-researched and well-developed story. Those who are fans of medieval romances should not miss experiencing this book. I look forward to more works by this author who has a talent for research and story development.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Grail fans will enjoy this new look at a 'twice-told tale'. It's less focused on the grandeur of Excalibur's scale, a more personal look at Arthur, his queen and the man they both adored. Instead of going with the myth, Breeding looks beyond the lore and finds humans with frailties, hopes, fears and the desire for love. In this telling, Gwenhwyfar is the new queen to Arthur, King of Britain. With reluctance, Gwenhwyfar accepts this new role, soon adjusts, even welcomes the love of her husband. Trouble brews when Arthur's most trusted knight, Lancelot captures her heart. Torn between two lovers, the plot is one we are very familiar with the touching, beautifully conceived interpretation will captivate you and make it all new again. I look forward to more works from this talented writer with the magic of Auld.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved it! The best romance novel I have ever read. I loved how it kept me so interested that it was hard to put the book down. I cant wait to read what the author has in store next!