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Daughter of Destiny: Guinevere's Tale Book 1 by [Evelina, Nicole]
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"A new twist on an old tale that gives agency, sympathy, and personality to a woman typically cast as a one-dimensional adulteress. Classic characters find their way into Guinevere's orbit in unexpected ways, keeping the novel both familiar and fresh." - Library Journal

"Evelina's re-imaginings of this familiar material is unfailingly energetic and innovative, and her version of Guinevere herself is captivating virtually from the first page - no small feat in an overall plot with such well-defined parameters. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and look forward to its sequel." - Historical Novel Society

"This first offering by Evelina is rich and stunning, easily comparable to novels by other bestselling historical fiction authors. She has done her research and created a world that is compelling, historically accurate, and a realistic portrayal of the times balanced with the mystic and the magical." - Chanticleer Book Reviews 

"A gripping read that brings a wonderfully depicted Guinevere tumbling out of the shadows of myth."
        - Anna Belfrage, author of The Graham Saga
 
"Written in lyrical prose and deposits you right in the middle of medieval times. The writing is fast paced, historically correct for the era, and a page turner. I sympathized with the character whom fictional history buffs branded a lustful harlot ...Great twist at the end. Evelina's 15 years of research are a powerful addition to a fantastic read. Can't wait for Book Two. Prepare to embrace Guinevere. I feel privileged to have read this outstanding novel by a great writer."
      - Sandra Masters, Readers' Favorite (5 star Review)
 
"If you are an enthusiast of Arthurian and Avalonia, then you will fall in love Guinevere's story. You may already know it, but Nicole's words put Camelot and its queen into a new and refreshing light. -SeriousReading (4.5 Star Review)
 
"Daughter of Destiny is an entertaining and well-structured novel...The fate of Nicole Evelina's Guinevere is worth tracing through the rest of the series."  - IndieReader
 
"Colorful and exciting...love all the characters. You will have a ball with this book." 
     - Serena Scott Thomas, actress and audio book narrator
 
"Nicole Evelina shows a deep and passionate love for the Arthurian world, and her re-weaving of the story of Guinevere and Arthur makes for enjoyable reading. With more volumes to come, if you like stories of Camelot, ancient priesthoods, magical Avalonian dreams and embattled romance, this is for you."
       - John Matthews, author of 'Arthur of Albion' and 'The Camelot Oracle'.

From the Author

Daughter of Destiny was inspiredby Marion Zimmer Bradley's The Mists ofAvalon. I loved the book, but I really disliked her portrayal of Guinevere.This led me want to write my own to explore what happened to Guinevere beforeand after her life with Arthur. My goal in writing it is to rehabilitate themuch-maligned character of Guinevere and show the context for the actions thathave been given to her throughout the literary evolution of Arthurian legend.
 
Literature tells painfully few things aboutGuinevere:
  1. she was Arthur's wife
  2. she may have been barren
  3. she was kidnapped by Melwas/Malegant/Mordred
  4. she had an affair with Lancelot (either emotionally orphysically depending on the story)
  5. she may or may not have allied with/married Mordred after thefall of Camelot
  6. she ended her days in a convent (but not in my version!)
Butno one's identity should be reduced to a handful of incidents. Guinevere had achildhood, a family and dreams for her future. She was a queen and may or maynot have been a mother. As for her infamous affair, every situation has a contextthat is important to understanding it, even when it's the climax that isremembered. Guinevere had reasons for acting as she did and she didn't do it ina vacuum. The circumstances surrounding her affair are just as important as theact itself. The medieval tale of her ending her days in a convent is convenientand moral, but we all know life is messy and usually doesn't end tied up in anice bow. Chances are good there was far more to Guinevere's story than we'veever heard.
 
Guinevere'sTale (Daughter of Destiny, Camelot'sQueen, and Mistress of Legend) ismy attempt to answer these questions. In it, Guinevere tells her own story -from the age of 11 to well into her 50s - seeking to right the wrongs historyhas thrust upon her, to clear away the mists of time and give the reader aclear picture of who she really was, virtues, sins and all. As she says in theprologue: "I deserve to be able to bear witness before being condemned by menwho never saw my face. Grieve with me, grieve for me, but do not believe thelies which time would sell. All I ask is that mankind listen to my words, andthen judge me on their merit."
 
Hopefully,through these books I can provide a fully-fleshed out character for women youngand old alike to look to in the generations after me. It's my hope that aswomen continue to claim their power in modern society, they will learn fromGuinevere's mistakes, emulate her strengths, and claim her as the heroine androle model she should be.  After all, ifArthur gets to be "the once and future king" who is constantly beingresurrected and reinvented by authors and filmmakers, why shouldn't his wifehave the same privilege?
 
 

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  • File Size: 1358 KB
  • Print Length: 326 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Lawson Gartner Publishing; 1 edition (January 1, 2016)
  • Publication Date: January 1, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01651N77A
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