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Product Details

  • Series: Zebra Debut
  • Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Zebra; First Edition edition (August 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0821780301
  • ISBN-13: 978-0821780305
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 4.1 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,171,045 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Relive the legend of King Arthur. A well-written fantasy by a very talented author -- Kat Martin, author

This newest book on Camelot and its legendary threesome can't be missed. It will remain on the favorite bookshelf. -- Romantic Times Book Reviews, August, 2006

From the Author

I loved helping Gwenhwyfar grow from a naive young bride into an independent woman who isn't afraid of having Lancelot satisfy her erotic desires, nor does she hold back her love for him, although her duty will always remain with Britain.

More About the Author

I have always been interested in the Arthurian legends and anything medieval. Having taught high school English for fifteen years, I wanted to my own version of those stories!

I live on the bay in Corpus Christi, Texas, with my Bichon Frise, Nicki, and love watching the moon rise over dark water.

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Can those forced to love through duty somehow find a love of the heart?
D. Merrimon Crawford
With this triangle complete Breeding then does a masterful job of weaving a compassionately captivating scenario of love, lust, betrayal and forgiveness.
M. Rondeau
Trouble brews when Arthur's most trusted knight, Lancelot captures her heart.
Deborah MacGillivray

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Beverly Romance Books on October 15, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Holmes Brannon on August 25, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Great books are like time machines. They have the ability to lift us out of our ordinary lives and to transport us into another age. Cynthia Breeding's new novel, Camelot's Destiny, is a fresh retelling of the ago-old love triangle of Lancelot, Guenever (Gwenhwyfar) and Arthur. What sets apart Destiny from so many other similar stories is Breeding's mastery of medieval history as well as her understanding of that often-tragic and universal element in human nature that sometimes drives us helplessly into forbidden arms despite all the warnings from our common sense and personal experience. Perhaps what attracts us to the Middle Ages is the fact that it was a time when magic was as much a part of reality as the rising of the sun; when the edges of earthly life and the afterworld were more blurred than today; when the senses told a truer tale than history books can ever convey. In this, Cynthia's descriptions of the period and the people are simply breathtaking. We touch the ancient walls of Camelot, see the proud banners of knights who bow to their ladies before facing death, feel the softness of the lovers' touch, understand their wild desires and guilt. Perhaps this is the greatest magic of all in Camelot's Destiny. For a brief, wonderful moment we, the readers, are Lancelot, Guenever and Arthur, caught between sleep and waking in an age of wonders. I found myself consciously slowing down my reading of Destiny as I neared the end of the novel. I simply did not want to leave the world that Cynthia Breeding had invited me into! For those readers with the capacity to love deeply, Camelot's Destiny is not a book to be missed.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. Rondeau VINE VOICE on November 24, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
There have been many versions told of the story of King Arthur, Gwenhwyfar (Guinevere) and Lancelot and in this brilliantly written version which was totally engrossing and entertaining by the magic of Camelot, I was sad to see it end. In this version the author gets up close and personal in examining on a more intimate level the motivations of Arthur, Gwenhwyfar and Lancelot and the great love they shared for one another.

In the classic tale of Camelot Gwenhwyfar dutifully agrees to marry Arthur to bring honor to her family and finally find approval on the face of her father. On the way to be wed she forms a bond of friendship and understanding with Lancelot one of Arthur's most trusted and beloved knights. After the wedding Gwen finds loving Arthur and the marriage bed to her liking but the dynamics of Arthur's personality often left her feeling neglected and hurt; ripe for the welcoming strong arms and broad shoulders of her best friend Lancelot a man so totally loved and trusted by Arthur that he encouraged their friendship. With this triangle complete Breeding then does a masterful job of weaving a compassionately captivating scenario of love, lust, betrayal and forgiveness. Additionally she mixes in delicious details with a plethora of secondary characters making this a fully robust and all encompassing look at the many lives and loves of the protagonists as well as several other key players in this much loved epic tale.

Camelot, King Arthur, Gwenhwyfar, and Lancelot will always invoke visions of a magnificent love story, but a deeply tragic one as well. Breeding's version gives a deeper and more meaningful insight into a behind the scenes look of Arthur, Gwen & Lancelot - their motivations and the people who impacted their lives.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Katrina Linley on August 14, 2006
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While this story may have been told a time or two, this author breathes new life into an old tale. Lovers of history will be totally captivated by the author's take on this Arthurian legend. Ms. Breeding's unique voice makes this a page turner. Camelot's Legend is a definite keeper and a book that you won't be able to put down. I can't wait for this author's next.
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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 thanks to Cynthia Breeding. 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 arthurien (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 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.
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