Dragon Queen: The Tales of Guinevere

Dragon Queen: The Tales of Guinevere

by Alice Borchardt
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Dragon Queen: The Tales of Guinevere by Alice Borchardt

Arthur turned and strode toward us. He was magnificent, and I will never forget that, in that moment, I first loved him. And I believe--had I known what the future held for us: all the trouble, torment, battle, and grief of our lives--I still believe that I would have yielded my heart into his keeping as I did then . . .

In a sweeping epic of the imagination, Alice Borchardt enters the wondrous realm of Arthurian legend and makes it her own. The Dragon Queen is the first volume in a trilogy of novels that boldly re-imagines Camelot--and casts Guinevere as a shrewd, strong-willed, magical warrior queen.

Born into a world of terrible strife, where war is constant and weapons are never far from the hands of men or women, Guinevere, daughter of a mighty pagan queen, is a threat to her people and a prize to the dreaded sorcerer Merlin. Sent into hiding, she grows up under the protection of a shapeshifting man-wolf and an ornery Druid. But even on the remote coast of Scotland, where dragons feed and watch over her, she is not safe from the all-seeing High Druid Merlin. He knows the young beauty's destiny, and he will stop at nothing to prevent what has been foretold. For if Guinevere becomes Queen and Arthur, King, they will bring a peace to the land that will leave the power-hungry Merlin a shriveled magician in a weary cloak.

Yet Guinevere possesses power of her own--dazzling power to rival even that of Merlin. Summoned from her home by forces she cannot fathom, she travels from the Underworld to an Otherworld of the Past, at each step calling on ancient powers to aid her way. When young Guinevere proves her mettle to an embarrassed Merlin, even her faithful dragon protectors cannot prevent the evil that the sorcerer rains down. Seeking revenge, Merlin banishes Arthur to a world from which the only escape is death. Now Guinevere must face Merlin's wrath without him--and prove that she is worthy of being Arthur's Queen.

From the glass-roofed Great Hall at Tintigal to the lush garden forts of Wales, Alice Borchardt details the travels of Guinevere in a rich fabric of prose. The Dragon Queen is a novel of great emotional depth, timeless romance, and soul-stirring adventure.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345449504
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/19/2002
Series: Tales of Guinevere Series
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 222,991
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Alice Borchardt shared a childhood of storytelling with her sister, Anne Rice, in New Orleans. A professional nurse, she has also nurtured a profound interest in little-known periods of history. She is the author of Devoted, Beguiled, The Silver Wolf, Night of the Wolf, and The Wolf King. She lives in Houston.

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Dragon Queen: The Tales of Guinevere 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Tales of Guinevere captured my heart and I could not put it down until I reached the end. Days on end I was burried in my book! This novel includes a shapeshifting wolf (those of us who read the silver wolf and the wolf king will realize this is our old friend just in a different time-remember he lives way longer than us humans!), trapped spirits, alternate worlds, magic, love, passion, destiny , fate, a young girl coming into her own, realizing her heritage, becoming a powerful woman, and much much more! This is not a factual history lesson on Author and Guinavere, it is more of a way better story of how it could have began! Read this book and share the experience that I had! You will love this book and cry at the end like I did!!
harstan More than 1 year ago
Descended from the sorcerer queen Bodiccia and born to a powerful pagan practicing mage, She becomes a pawn to fate. Raised by a druid, shapeshifter, and his family, everyone knew she was destined to become queen. Merlin and Igraine (Arthur¿s mother) sought to control her, but her family hid her so she would have time to grow and mature.

At their first meeting, Guinivere knows Arthur is her true love, but she is not ready to be his queen. She escapes Marlin¿s machinations and performs a service for the Goddess Athena. Arthur struggles with the pressures placed on him by his mother and Merlin her lover, but knows he must prove worthy in order for Guinivere to agree to become his queen.

THE DRAGON QUEEN is rich in historical text, but loaded with fantasy species and actions. The deep story line includes some whimsy to soften the epic tale that clearly is on a par with Tarr and Radford. The only drawback is that fans will have to wait for the adventures of Guinivere and Arthur separately and together to continue in the next installment of this three book saga.

Harriet Klausner

Anonymous 9 months ago
Amazing story
justdandee More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this turn on a topic already done. I'm not closed off to a retelling as long as it's done well. If your going to open this book with a preconceived notion of how you think Camelot should be done than pass this one by. However if your looking for a well told story spiced with magic, dragons, and warriors than I think you will be pleased with this book.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I must say, I love the fantasy and sci-fi genre, and I loved this book. I'm a medievalist, and I really enjoyed the way Borchardt played with the roles in this text. My regret now is that with Borchardt's unfortunate passing, book 3 won't be available. Noooooo!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lots of books have overtones of Camelot, anymore. Star Wars probably handled it best, so well that few people ever realized it. But Alice Borchardt did it such a poor turn that I nearly threw the book in frustration. First of all, the plot ideas here have already been over used by every other writer at some point. In 'The Dragon Queen,' she tries to compensate by the usual twists--the good guys are bad guys, and so forth. She tries to tell the story from the standpoint of Guenevere, and so has to give her more significance than she ever had. In reality, Guenevere and all of the other characters are utterly bland, swamped in details that aren't in the least pertinent and will probably contribute to one of the most massive headaches you've ever had. Every 'twist' is so predictable you can see it coming more than thirty pages in advance, when you're not skimming so much of the book you're barely reading it at all. It's not even the good kind of predictable where you still feel sated--it's the bad kind where you swear you're going to scream. Do yourself a favor if you want to look for a book about Merlin and Camelot and all of that. Look up James Malroy's series or 'The Mists of Avalon.' You could even watch Star Wars if you want. Just don't pick up The Dragon Queen.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Alice Borchardt presents an interesting take on the Arthur/Guinevere story in The Dragon Queen. Guinevere is the daughter of a Celtic queen. She is hidden from the arch-druid Merlin at an early age and is raised by a druid and family of wolves and werewolves. During the story, she grows into powerful magic and fearlessly confronts every situation that she is thrown into. Merlin and Igraine are cast as evil sorcerers who torment the young Arthur and plot for power. Guinevere and Arthur must navigate the trials that they are thrown into by Merlin and Igraine if they are to win their thrones and be reunited. Borchardt paints a vivid picutre of Britian in the Dark Ages. She has no trouble setting up scenes of legendary castles and fantastic worlds populated with dragons and goddesses. However, the plot often bounces around abruptly, which may leave you confused about which characters you are following. I found myself having to go back and re-read paragraphs and pages until I figured out what was really happening. The dialogue is uneven and several of the characters can't seem to find a consistent voice or personality. The main characters are either near-perfect (Guinevere, Arthur, Maeniel the werewolf) or consummately evil (Merlin, Igraine) with little room in-between. While that isn't a showstopper in a good vs. evil tale, it would be nice to have a character the reader could relate to. Guinevere's many adventures seem to have only one point: to give her more magical victories and allies. Arthur enters the tale about halfway through the book, and he is also launched into several trials. Arthur¿s courage and nobility are showcased during his struggles, but they don't seem to advance the plot. His adventures might acquire more relevance in the sequels. The concepts and twists added to the Arthur legend are fascinating, but because of the inconsistent dialogue and the abrupt transitions I was not able to settle in and enjoy the storyline.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book would of been a good book if I hadn't read some amazing Arthur stories before....it drags on, and lacks stucture...
brjunkie More than 1 year ago
Coming soon.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My name is Guinivere too!
The_BibliophileJM More than 1 year ago
I found myself very unimpressed with Alice Bordhardt's book. The characters were bad and putrid and easy to hate. I guess I could say that the plot was pretty good and well thought out, but only if you can stand a major tearing from the traditional King Author story. I do have to complain about the editing, in there sense that there seems to be none.