- Mass Market Paperback: 307 pages
- Publisher: Del Rey; First Edition edition (July 2, 1994)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0345382447
- ISBN-13: 978-0345382443
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 37 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,523,455 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Child Queen: The Tale of Guinevere and King Arthur Mass Market Paperback – July 2, 1994
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From Publishers Weekly
First novelist McKenzie brings immediate freshness to her entertaining reworking of an often-told story by focusing on the girl destined to be queen. Two critical conflicts challenge this child queen's noble nature: the first is, of course, her love for Lancelot; the second is the jealousy of Guinevere's companion and cousin Elaine, who all her life longed to be Arthur's bride. And herein lies the book's weakness. Guinevere is unaccountably blind to Elaine's malevolence, and her characterization as a singular, strong and intuitive woman suffers accordingly. The book ends weakly, for the conflict between Elaine and Guinevere unfortunately comes to a head in a series of scenes where Guinevere behaves like nothing so much as a spoiled brat. Nevertheless, the charm of the majority of the novel succeeds in arousing interest in promised future volumes. While this Del Rey Discovery of the Year will not displace any of the classic tellings, it is a worthwhile debut.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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a love and a treachery that would live for all time. Guinevere and Arthur. Lancelot and Merlin and Morgan Le Fay -- all the names of myth are given flesh and blood in this Del Rey Discovery of the Year book!
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Engages the reader evey step of the way.
It traces the early life of Gunievere , who would be Arthur's bride, from her birth to the king and young queen of the Kingdom of Northgallis, where a witch predicts the night of her birth that she would live to be the greatest lady in Britain, but also that she would betray her king and herself be betrayed.
What is unique about this retelling of the Arthurian legend is the deep emotional and pyschological depth of her subjects.
It is the best Arthurian retelling I have read.
Growing up in north Wales, to be a great and engaging beauty , together with her cousin Elaine, her life is turned upside down when she is chosen as the bride of the High King of Britain, Arthur.
Guinevere's love for the King's most trusted knight, Lancelot causes her great pain. Her cousin and childhood friend Elaine, turns into a deadly rival, who out of jealousy because it was Guinevere who became Arthur's bride, will do anything to hurt Guinevere.
Included in this saga are others in Arthurian legend such as the King's adopted brother Kay, Arthur's half-sisters Morgause and Morgan , the battles with the invading Saxons , and the various kingdoms in Britain in the time.We read of Guinevere's abduction by the thuggish minor king Mwelas and her rescue by Lancelot. McKenzie did her research well, while introducing an exciting take on the world of Arthur and Camelot.
For a first rate fantasy, you may want to try the well known "The Mist of the Avalons" or even "Court Duel"...at least in those two, reality and magic is in place and setting.