History remembers Guinevere’s sin, but it was Arthur who transgressed first.
Forced into a marriage she neither anticipated nor desired, Guinevere finds herself High Queen, ruling and fighting alongside Arthur as they try to subdue the Saxons, Irish and Picts who threaten Britain from every direction. Though her heart still longs for her lost love, Guinevere slowly grows to care for her husband as they join together to defeat their enemies.
Meanwhile, within the walls of Camelot their closest allies plot against them. One schemes to make Guinevere his own, another seeks revenge for past transgressions, while a third fixes her eyes on the throne. When the unthinkable happens and Guinevere is feared dead, Arthur installs a new woman in her place, one who will poison his affections toward her, threatening Guinevere’s fragile sanity and eventually driving her into the arms of her champion.
Amid this tension a new challenge arises for the king and queen of Camelot: finding the Holy Grail, a sacred relic that promises lasting unity. But peace, as they will soon learn, can be just as dangerous as war. As the court begins to turn on itself, it becomes clear that the quest that was to be Arthur’s lasting legacy may end in the burning fires of condemnation.
This highly anticipated sequel to Daughter of Destiny proves there is much more to Guinevere’s story than her marriage and an affair. See the legend you think you know through her eyes and live the adventure of Camelot’s golden days yourself – but be prepared to suffer its downfall as well.
About the Author
She also writes historical fiction. Her debut novel, Daughter of Destiny, the first book of an Arthurian legend trilogy that tells Guinevere's life story from her point of view, took first place in the legend/legacy category of the 2015 Chatelaine Awards for Women's Fiction/Romance, and was short-listed for the Chaucer Award for Historical Fiction. Later this year, she will release Madame Presidentess (July 25), a historical novel about Victoria Woodhull, America's first female Presidential candidate, which was the first place winner in the Women's US History category of the 2015 Chaucer Awards for Historical Fiction.
Nicole is one of only six authors who completed a week-long writing intensive taught by #1 New York Times bestselling author Deborah Harkness. Nicole has traveled to England twice to research the Guinevere's Tale trilogy, where she consulted with internationally acclaimed author and historian Geoffrey Ashe, as well as Arthurian/Glastonbury expert Jaime George, the man who helped Marion Zimmer Bradley research The Mists of Avalon.
Nicole is a member of and book reviewer for the The Historical Novel Society, and Sirens (a group supporting female fantasy authors), as well as a member of the Historical Writers of America, Women's Fiction Writers Association, Romance Writers of America, the St. Louis Writer's Guild, Women Writing the West, Broad Universe (promoting women in fantasy, science fiction and horror), Alliance of Independent Authors and the Independent Book Publishers Association.
Her website is http://nicoleevelina.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This sequel to Daughter of Destiny is amazing! I received a free copy of this book with the option of leaving an honest review. Continuing where the first book left off, Camelot's Queen is a well-written Arthurian fantasy with political intrigue, war, an epic quest, religious intrusion, and romance. As with the first book, the tale is told from Guinevere's point of view; a fact that is strongly reflected in her role as a queen and Arthur's advisor, her belief system, in her innermost thoughts and feelings, and in her actions. Evelina does an amazing job of narrating Guinevere's innermost thoughts and feelings, which reflect the fact that Guinevere is a priestess of Avalon and not Christian. An excellent example of this is Guinevere's "affair" with Lancelot. From Guinevere's perspective, marriage is an equal partnership in which men and women play different but equal roles. Since Arthur is able to practice bigamy under his religious laws, why shouldn't she? However, she is intelligent enough to understand that the society she lives in will not agree with her point of view, so she keeps it secret. I found the political intrigue and religious intrusion fascinating. In the beginning of the tale, church and state have a somewhat steady peace; however, as we are drawn deeper into the tale, we see the degree of separation between the two dwindle and watch as Camelot's political system and interpersonal relationships are affected. Evelina weaves an intricate and fascinating narrative that makes Guinevere's role in Camelot as important as Arthur's and sheds new light on a tale that is traditionally male-centric; making Camelot's Queen a fantastic choice for Arthurian fantasy fans who are looking for a non-traditional twist on a classic story, or for romantic fantasy fans who enjoy plots centered around strong female protagonists.
We are proud to announce that CAMELOT’S QUEEN by Nicole Evelina is a B.R.A.G.Medallion Honoree. This tells a reader that this book is well worth their time and money!