- Series: The Guinevere Trilogy (Book 1)
- Paperback: 552 pages
- Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark; Reprint edition (November 1, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 140224522X
- ISBN-13: 978-1402245220
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.2 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 108 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,894,361 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Child of the Northern Spring: Book One of the Guinevere Trilogy Paperback – November 1, 2010
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Starred Review. The standout opening volume of Woolley's Guinevere trilogy, first published in 1987, describes the Celtic princess's childhood in loving, sensuous detail with an uncannily accurate historical eye for day-to-day details. As Guinevere comes of age to marry Arthur, the recently crowned high king of Britain, Woolley does a marvelous job of portraying the political upheaval of the time. Despite the struggle between Celtic and Roman culture, Guinevere finds herself working with Arthur to unify a divided country and repel the onslaughts of Saxon invaders and rebellious kings. The sharply delineated cast will be familiar to any fan of Arthuriana, though many characters get new twists. While hardly the first book to retell these myths from a woman's perspective, this is an engrossing and satisfying addition to the canon. (Nov.) (c)
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"The writing was sophisticated, the characters stem from legendary stories and there was enough action and romance to keep readers engaged." - Palmer's Picks for Reading
"Guinevere is bold and strong, a true heroine in every sense of the word. Guinevere truly gets a rework here. Rather than being the wishy-washy fair-headed maiden of the romantic legend, she is a formidable Queen." - Queen of Happy Endings
"An enthralling read with fascinating three-dimensional portrayals of Arthurian legendary characters set in a historical accurate Britain. " - Laura's Reviews
"This is quality storytelling that has stood the test of time, and I look forward to seeing the other two volumes in this trilogy back in print." - Historical Novels Review
"Fans of the Arthurian legends will appreciate and love this re-telling." - Debbie's Book Bag
"It is evident from the beginning that Woolley took her time researching the history of the time period as she goes into extraordinarily vivid description. Her characters come to life. " - Rundpinne
"The world of Arthur and Guinevere was masterfully created." - The Maiden's Court
"eeing developments through the eyes of Guinevere... gave the story an entirely different feel, rhythm, and emphasis." - Apprentice-Writer
"Persia Woolley delivers in Child of the Northern Spring... it has garnered itself a spot in my permanent collection." - Read All Over Reviews
"Every little detail was so spot on and it was very impressive. You feel as if you are a part of it. " - Books Like Breathing
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This book is adequately well written, and somewhat compelling, but it isn't mesmerizing. It isn't magical. So, if you're in the camp who loved Mary Stewart's Crystal Cave you'll feel that this fell short. But, if you wish the stories would square with some reality, this book may be for you.
Merline the world builder, was it magic he had or just being in the right place and being extremely smart? the Magic is questionable, just as it is in real life... was that intervention of a God, magic, or luck? each person has to decide. the pace of the book is moderate, not slow, not fast; but it holds my interest.
I will definately get the next book.
Keeping track of all of the characters who will appear later, as she 'remembers' her childhood is a bit difficult at first, but having her remembering the past while riding (unwillingly) to meet her future husband brings the story to life, and gives a glimpse into what has made her the strong young woman she is.
The 'personality' of some in the legend have changed slightly from other books that were written in the past, but mostly for the better. They aren't just portrayed as GOOD or EVIL, the possible reasons for who they are (their backgrounds) are also suggested.
Whether it's any closer to the 'truth', who knows? But an enjoyable read, whether history has been 'adjusted' or not.
Having read both the Mists of Avalon, and Mallory's Le Morte D'Arthur, I can safely say that this series is both the most realistic and the best written. I was enthralled. The characters are real enough to jump off the page, and the plot is believable and carefully, carefully researched. As a historian, perhaps I'm more naturally inclined to enjoy a book more rooted in history and the actual myths than fantasy, but regardless... this book, and hopefully the whole series, is an absolute gem and a pure joy to read. I couldn't put it down, I couldn't stop thinking about it when I did finally put it down, and I'm absolutely itching to start the second book!
Highly, highly recommended for all those who want a believable, realistic, and enthralling window into the Arthurian world!