Child of the Northern Spring by Persia Woolley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This is a re-telling of the story of King Author and Guinevere told through the eyes of Guinevere. We meet Guinevere on the eve of her marriage to Author. She is a young girl who is unsure about the arranged marriage but with the urging of her father she decides to fulfill her duties instead of running from them. On the way, she reminisces about her childhood and when she first sees author.
I loved this book. I love that we are introduced to Guinevere as a young girl. We see sketches of her life as she grows up as well as wonderful descriptions of the country and way of life around her. So often in book of Authurian legend the focus is only on Author and that makes this a wonderful change of perspective. Without Guinevere the story of Author would not be complete. He would not be who he was without her.
The characters surrounding Guinevere were great as well. All of the major characters from the legend were included such as Merlin, Gwain, Morgan Le Fey, Morgause, and Nemue. All were wonderfully brought to life as well as Guinevere.
Don't begin this one thinking its a quick read as it is rather long. But it is well worth the time. If you enjoy historical fiction, Authurian legends in particular, this is one to pick up. I look forward to starting the next part.
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