Daughter of Destiny: Guinevere's Tale Book 1

Daughter of Destiny: Guinevere's Tale Book 1

by Nicole Evelina


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ISBN-13: 9780996763103
Publisher: Lawson Gartner Publishing
Publication date: 01/01/2016
Series: Guinevere's Tale , #1
Pages: 326
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.73(d)

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Daughter of Destiny: Guinevere's Tale Book 1 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Conroyd More than 1 year ago
Ever wonder about Guinevere's earlier life before Arthur? If you like Arthuriana literature, this well-written novel fills you in on Guinevere's life as a priestess and her hopes and loves long before Arthur enters the picture. By the story's end, he is in the picture but not in a way readers might have imagined. No spoilers here~read the book.
CharityRowell-Stansbury More than 1 year ago
I don't know what I was expecting, but I wasn't expecting to read the whole book in one night. It was that good! I bought this book from the author at Penned Con 2016. The sinister and judgmental interpretations of Guinevere's tale are left by the wayside as Evelina creates a vibrant and realistic portrait of Guinevere, an intelligent, strong and caring girl who goes to Avalon to control her visions; only to return home to find that the traditions and practices that she grew up with are considered taboo. Guinevere's co-characters are equally well-developed and engaging as each one adds a unique voice and perspective to Guinevere's tale. I was impressed with Evelina's knowledge of Arthurian legend. There are so many different interpretations; however, she managed to put her own spin on those interpretations while adhering to what many literary experts consider to be authentic. I was also captivated by Evelina's writing style, it flows beautifully and her ability to use terms that are older but still comprehensible to the average reader is amazing. I didn't have to use my knowledge of etymology in order to understand what she wrote and, when she did use older terms, they were spelled correctly and were relevant! Daughter of Destiny is a wonderful Arthurian fantasy that combines the authentic aspects of the legend with the author's unique perspective. I am more than happy to recommend this to women and men who, like me, enjoy Arthurian legends in theory but find themselves tired of the Judeo-Christian slant that is inherent in many of the interpretations.
EllenParker More than 1 year ago
Before she was Queen… Life in 5th century Britain was filled with turmoil. Ms Evelina illustrates the strife between Lords and Kings plus Pagans and Christians by exploring the life of young Guinevere. At age eleven, Guinevere travels to Avalon and begins her training as a priestess. But change is in the air and after the death of her mother, Guinevere returns to her father. Fostered out to a family of devout Christians, she is tested in ways small and large. I really enjoyed reading the little details of daily life sprinkled throughout the story and look forward to reading the next stage of Guinevere’s life journey.
Tyler_TichelaarTT More than 1 year ago
Guinevere Gets Her Say in New Novel: Daughter of Destiny by Nicole Evelina Daughter of Destiny: Guinevere’s Tale Book One is the latest addition in the plethora of Arthurian novels being published every year. Yes, there have been plenty of novels about Guinevere before, but this one stands out for several reasons. Author Nicole Evelina states that she was inspired to write this book after reading Marion Zimmer Bradley’s The Mists of Avalon and loving it but hating how Bradley depicted Guinevere in the novel. Admittedly, I agree that Guinevere is the weakest character in that otherwise powerful novel, and Evelina’s Guinevere is a remarkable improvement as she tells her story in first person narration. In Evelina’s version, Guinevere is far from the frightened Christian girl of Bradley’s novel. Instead, she is the strong-willed daughter of a Roman-descended king and a mother who was part of the Votadini tribe. Guinevere’s maternal family are believers in the old religion of Avalon, and so Guinevere is sent there to study, where she learns beside several other well-known characters from the legends, including Viviane and Morgan. This first part set in Avalon was probably my favorite section of the novel since I have always loved the idea of Avalon and tried to envision what it is like and have depicted it in my own Arthurian novels. Evelina is obviously influenced by Bradley in her depictions, but she also gives the story twists of her own, especially in the rivalry that develops between Guinevere and Morgan. Yes, like Morgan, Guinevere has her gifts—she has the gift of the sight—she can see events at a great distance as they happen—it’s like her brain is able to Skype! But perhaps most surprising in the novel is the young man who becomes Guinevere’s love interest—I think every reader will be surprised by this plot twist—it isn’t Lancelot or Arthur who captures Guinevere’s heart. The shocking Beltane scene in Mists also influences the Beltane scene in this novel, but again, Evelina makes surprising choices in how she depicts it, including Guinevere’s involvement in the rituals. The novel moves forward when Guinevere returns home to find her father greatly changed and herself disinherited. While she thought, as his only child, she would inherit her father’s throne, he has now decided it will go to her male cousin. Then, so Guinevere can learn proper Christian ways, her father also decides to send her to live at King Pellinore’s court, where she meets two other young ladies, Pellinore’s daughter, Elaine, and his ward, Isolde, heir to the Irish throne. Despite her newfound friends, Guinevere finds life with Pellinore’s family—especially his cruel wife Lyonesse—far from pleasant. Overall, I found the entire plot refreshing—it is familiar, yet original, bringing together many well-known characters and placing them in new relationships to each other, and then developing those relationships in unexpected ways. At the same time, Evelina has clearly done her research and uses it to determine other relationships among characters. I read Daughter of Destiny in two days, almost unable to put it down. Evelina’s writing style is visual and smooth, so it is a pleasure to read; I felt taken back to the Arthurian time without being weighed down by too much detail or historical facts.