Guinevere: At the Dawn of Legend

Guinevere: At the Dawn of Legend

by Cheryl Carpinello


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“Think before acting,” her father always warned. But Princess Guinevere is ruled by her heart. Her betrothal to King Arthur has not changed this. When Guinevere and Cedwyn’s latest adventure takes a dangerous turn, they find themselves embroiled in a life-or-death struggle as foretold by Merlyn’s Goddess of the Stones. Renegades—foiled in their attempt to kidnap the princess—steal the children of Cadbury Castle to sell as slaves. Guinevere and Cedwyn vow to rescue the children, but a miscalculation puts them all in more danger. The plan quickly unravels, and Guinevere’s impassioned decisions come crashing down as Cedwyn chooses to turn his dream of becoming a knight into reality. Will their courage be strong enough to survive, or will one make the ultimate sacrifice?

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ISBN-13: 9781946229441
Publisher: Bublish, Inc.
Publication date: 06/11/2017
Series: Tales and Legends for Reluctant Readers
Pages: 150
Sales rank: 914,306
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.35(d)

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Guinevere: At the Dawn of Legend 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Literary_Classics_Reviews More than 1 year ago
Author Cheryl Carpinello’s Guinevere: At the Dawn of Legend is book 2 in the continuing Tales and Legends for Reluctant Readers series. At the commencement of this story Guinevere, at fifteen years of age, remains unmarried as Arthur Pendragon leads legions of men to battle while war rages throughout Britain. Guinevere and Cedwyn, still clinging to their adventurous youth, have snuck out of the castle only to discover that battle looms closer to home than they could have ever imagined and renegades who had planned to kidnap Guinevere have taken the children at the castle in her stead. Young readers are instantly swept into this thrilling fantasy adventure series as Cedwyn comes into his own as a young man hopeful to someday become a knight. Guinevere continues to shine as a strong female protagonist in this highly engaging series which is suitably written for reluctant readers, but equally appealing for readers of all ages. Recommended for home and school libraries, Guinevere: At the Dawn of Legend has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.
Ronnie293 More than 1 year ago
Guinevere: At the Dawn of Legend is the second book in the Tales and Legends for Reluctant Readers series. In this book Guinevere and Cedwyn sneak out to visit the wizard’s stones. They are eager to see the magic they have heard Merlyn talk about. When their horses are spooked by a piercing scream they flee afraid for their lives. The closest place is the Abbey and they know the monks will take them in. However they will not be safe there when the renegades attack. And what danger awaits Cadbury Castle whilst the men are away fighting? Guinevere and Cedwyn’s fun adventure turns into a fight for their lives and what they will see and endure will cause the youngsters to grow up fast and take on grave responsibilities. “Cedwyn’s voice did not crack as it had a day ago. He was no longer a boy on an outing with his best friend. He had become their leader, their protector.” Books for reluctant readers need to be fast paced and the plot uncomplicated and easily visualised. Guinevere: On the Dawn of Legend delivers on all these aspects. The two main characters are likeable. Cedwyn has made a vow to protect Guinevere for life and he takes this very seriously. Guinevere is headstrong and determined although she still has a lot to learn about her future role as Queen. There are themes of decision making, responsibilities and ruling with your head not your heart. The story has plenty of action, danger and breath-holding suspense with a splattering of light humour. I didn’t agree with all the characters’ decisions and I think this leaves scope for good discussions. The story is open ended and will leave many readers eager for the next instalment. If your young reader loves stories filled with adventure, magic and mystery, heroes, strong women and good prevailing over evil then I recommend this series. The book also has discussion questions at the end, ideas for further research and a rundown on the King Arthur legend. My rating 4.5/ 5 Suitable for ages 8-12 years Content: one non-graphic scene where the characters come across men killed by arrows.
MJEvans More than 1 year ago
I had so much fun reading this middle-grade novel based on the early years of Guinevere, King Arther's wife. It is creative and imaginative and filled with so much action that both boys and girls will love it. It is listed as a book for reluctant readers. It is shorter in length and there is more "white space" on each page...larger print and more space between lines. This keeps kids from getting discouraged. There are also several lovely illustrations that kids will enjoy. M.J. Evans, Author of The Centaur Chronicles.
GratefulGrandma More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in this series and unfortunately, I did not read the first one, however, I had not difficulty following and enjoying this story. In Guinevere: At the Dawn of Legend, the story opens with Britain at war. Guinevere is home anxiously awaiting news of her father, King Leodegrance, her betrothed, King Arthur and Cedwyn's father who have all gone to battle in the north. Guinevere is 12 and she makes decisions like a 12 year old. She and Cedwyn, her best friend, sneak away from the Castle, to visit the Wizards’ Stones. While at the stones, a goddess appears and gives them both messages that warn them of dangers in their future. It turns out that some villians/renegades are trying to kidnap Guinevere. With the help of Cedwyn, two young boys from the Abbey and some of the villagers, Guinevere and Cedwyn embark on an adventure to save the kingdom. Author Cheryl Carpinello's plot is a quick, adventurous, story that starts off with a bang and does not slow down until the end. Reluctant readers, the target audience, will love the adventurous duo of Guinevere and Cedwyn who put themselves in danger, yet realize that they are the ones who need to save the day. Others will also enjoy this great story. Life in medieval times was no picnic and kids will learn just how brutal it could be. The descriptions of life, homes, food etc. as well as the relevant details about conditions back then will help young readers get a sense of the time the story is set. Cedwyn seems to be a bit of a leader and based on what the goddess said, he is destined for greater things as he protects his future queen. The themes in the story are pretty obvious yet could be used as discussion points such as, making the right decisions, putting others first, keeping your promises, loyalty and friendship, leadership and responsibility. I liked the questions for discussion at the end of the story. If this was done as a shared reading or read aloud, this could be used to explore the concepts shared as well as a jumping off point for further investigation into the Arthurian times. I definitely recommend this book for family, classroom or school libraries. One I am sure children from the age of 8 and up will enjoy. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book via Netgalley.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite Children are attracted to adventure and they don’t see the risks that adults do, refusing to accept many of the limitations and rules enforced for the sole purpose of keeping children safe. Guinevere and Cedwyn are close friends and Cedwyn, although still very young, has pledged his life to protect the princess who will one day be his queen when she marries King Arthur. Being children, they have their adventures. And one such adventure to the mysterious standing stones results in magical visions and then a race for their lives. There are people intent on kidnapping Guinevere. When she out-foxes their intentions, they take the castle children instead to be sold into slavery. Guinevere insists on chasing after the kidnappers and rescuing the children. The adventure intensifies as they risk their lives and become heroes. But are they totally successful in rescuing the children? Or do they just manage to create more problems in the process. Guinevere: At the Dawn of Legend is the sequel to Cheryl Carpinello's first Guinevere story, Guinevere: On the Eve of Legend. Both books take the fascinating Arthurian legends and create stories that will entice even the most reluctant of readers. With realistic characters and an exciting plot full of adventure, the reader will be pulled along to an unexpected conclusion, one that demands another book to complete the series. Young readers will certainly easily associate with Guinevere and Cedwyn, who, at their young age, take risks and disobey their parents, while at the same time they reach out to help others and become heroes. A great way to entice readers, even reluctant ones, to follow the adventures found in legends.
Tyler_TichelaarTT More than 1 year ago
At last, Cheryl Carpinello has published her long-awaited Guinevere: At the Dawn of Legend—Book Two, and it ends with a cliffhanger, suggesting yet another book will follow. The first book in the series was charming, complete with a unicorn and Merlyn, but this second book shows us just how much Guinevere is growing up quickly due to the situations surrounding her. When the first book ended, Guinevere was affianced to King Arthur, though still just a girl. Arthur is himself new to the throne and seeking to make alliances, hence his desire to wed Guinevere, but Guinevere has more important concerns. As this second novel opens, Guinevere and her best friend, the almost-eleven-year-old boy, Cedwyn, decide to leave their home at Cadbury Castle on their own and go visit the Wizards’ Stones. While they know the adults wouldn’t want them to leave, they are anxious to see the stones that Merlyn had told them about. It sounds like a fun afternoon adventure, but it quickly turns into more when an ancient goddess appears and utters a prophecy about the two young friends’ futures. The prophecy has barely ended before Cedwyn and Guinevere hear strange sounds, and spooked, they ride to a nearby monastery to seek shelter. There they learn some renegades are out to kidnap Guinevere, and fearing the monastery will be attacked, they flee again, but once they feel it is safe, they return, only to discover the monastery destroyed. By the time they return home to the castle, it has also been sacked. The renegades were searching for Guinevere, but since they couldn’t capture her, they decided not to leave empty-handed, so they kidnapped several children. I don’t want to say more and spoil all the fun of reading this book. I’ll just say there is plenty more adventure, but what I most appreciate are the story’s pacing and the care Carpinello takes with her two main characters. They are children, they are having adventures, but they feel like real people, frightened, trying to do what is right in the face of danger, and they are also headstrong, not always believing that the adults know what is the right thing to do so sometimes they have to act on their own. They are heroic children with all the idealism and foolhardiness that come with first adventures. Anyone who enjoyed the first book in this series will equally enjoy the second and look forward to the third. The characters are well-drawn and realistic, the events plausible, and the story well-plotted. I’m eager to read the next book and see Guinevere grow up a little more and mature into a queen worthy to sit at King Arthur’s side.