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by Mercedes Lackey

Gwenhwyfar: The White Spirit (A Novel of King Arthur) (Novel of Arthur's Queen) download ebook
ISBN:
0756406293
ISBN13:
978-0756406295
Author:
Mercedes Lackey
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DAW; Reprint edition (October 5, 2010)
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Series: Novel of Arthur's Queen. Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages. Lackey takes the story of Guinevere from the King Arthur tradition and turns it on its head

Series: Novel of Arthur's Queen. Lackey takes the story of Guinevere from the King Arthur tradition and turns it on its head. Far from being the dainty, romantic queen, this woman is a warrior, a scout, and a very reluctant queen. It's about time someone writes a fantasy novel featuring a female heroine as the main character and give her a vibrantly detailed personality and story. Gwenhwyfar is her own hero. so she redefines her role at every turn.

Gwenhwyfar: The White Spirit. Gwenhwyfar chooses the latter, giving up the power The bestselling author of the Valdemar novels pens a classic tale about King Arthur's legendary queen. Gwenhwyfar moves in a world where gods walk among their pagan worshipers, where nebulous visions warn of future perils, and where there are two paths for a woman: the path of the Blessing or the rarer path of the Warrior. Gwenhwyfar chooses the latter, giving up the power that she is born into. Yet the daughter of a King is never truly free to follow her own calling.

The bestselling author of the Valdemar novels pens a classic tale about King Arthur's legendary queen

The bestselling author of the Valdemar novels pens a classic tale about King Arthur's legendary queen.

Gwenhwyfar moves in a world where gods walk among their pagan worshipers, where nebulous visions .

Gwenhwyfar moves in a world where gods walk among their pagan worshipers, where nebulous visions warn of future perils, and where there are two paths for . Acting as the "son" her father never had, when called upon to serve another purpose by the Ladies of the Well, she bows to circumstances to become Arthur's queen-only to find herself facing temptation and treachery, intrigue and betrayal, but also love and redemption. Kieli: Englanti Kategoria: Fantasia & scifi Kääntäjä

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Gwenhwyfar, The White Spirit is an Arthurian fantasy novel by Mercedes Lackey, first published in 2010. As the author states in her ‘Afterword’, she was initially inspired by the Triad of ‘The Three Guineveres’ of Welsh legend. Three Great Queens of Arthur's Court. Gwennhwyfar daughter of Cywryd Gwent. And Gwenhwyfar daughter of Gwythyr son of Greidawl. And Gwenhwyfar daughter of (G)ogfran the Giant.

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This is a list of books by Mercedes Lackey, arranged by collection. Some of the trilogies follow on chronologically from each other, while others are set a considerable number of years apart from the others - overall the books span some 3,000 years. This set consists of the original trilogy, the very first Valdemar books published, and a prequel trilogy.

The bestselling author of the Valdemar novels pens a classic tale about King Arthur's legendary queen. Gwenhwyfar moves in a world where gods walk among their pagan worshipers, where nebulous visions warn of future perils, and where there are two paths for a woman: the path of the Blessing or the rarer path of the Warrior. Gwenhwyfar chooses the latter, giving up the power that she is born into. Yet the daughter of a King is never truly free to follow her own calling. Acting as the "son" her father never had, when called upon to serve another purpose by the Ladies of the Well, she bows to circumstances to become Arthur's queen-only to find herself facing temptation and treachery, intrigue, love and redemption.
Reviews:
  • ᴜɴɪᴄᴏʀɴ
Despite learned pedanticisms to the contrary, there isn’t much more of a restraint around Arthurian legends than there is around the Robin Hood fable, but this tale does a good job of reconciling the various virtues, integrities, slights, infidelities and mischief of the habitual Guinevere(s) into one enthusing tale. Lackey’s Gwenhwyfar knows her own mind from childhood, and is most confident and buoyant as the warrior she trained to be and eventually excelled at. Where she is less confident, even baffled and annoyed, is in matters of the heart or when compelled to dismount her trusted horses as a woman in the alien gibberish of life at court -- and variations on this tension rears its head numerous times throughout the tale.

This was my first read from this author and the sometimes scrawny development of the sub-cast is countered by a very composed development of the object of the story: Lackey’s Gwenhwyfar. I “read” this via audio book, but I got roped in by mid-book as the story gains momentum and found myself extending my road trips just to get through the various subsections.
  • Purestone
This is a 3.5 stars for me and decided to be generous and give it four. I love reading just about anything relating to the Arthur legend and this time period, so this was an interesting variation of the Arthur story. Actually Arthur played only an indirect role in the story, and it was based around Gwenhwyfar and the premise that Arthur actually had three wives during his reign, all with the same name. The author quoted some references at the end that brought her to exploring this theory of this legend. The book is about the third of these wives, and is mostly about her life prior to the marriage and in fact before she ever laid eyes on Arthur. She is the daughter of a king and has chosen the "warrior's path" becoming a skilled horsewoman and leader of the scouts of her father's warriors. Horses play a part in this as her father is famed for his fine war horses. I did like Gwenhwyfar as a heroine, but was disappointed the almost total lack of romance in the story, so it this is important to the reader, you have to wait a long time to find just a brief bit of it. This in itself is unusual for an Arthurian tale.

I felt the book was slow in some parts especially early on, the last 100 pages were intense and flew by. It was the most enjoyable part of reading the book. I was glad that I came away really liking the latter part although it was tragic as this tale always is, because I have the hard cover version and it is a beautiful cover - making it a book I wanted to have on my shelf!

If you love this legend and this era, you should read this book. If you are just looking for a great read in general, perhaps not.
  • lets go baby
Lackey takes the story of Guinevere from the King Arthur tradition and turns it on its head. Far from being the dainty, romantic queen, this woman is a warrior, a scout, and a very reluctant queen. It's about time someone writes a fantasy novel featuring a female heroine as the main character and give her a vibrantly detailed personality and story. Gwenhwyfar is her own hero. She is a key figure holding up the structure of not one, but two kingdoms and chafes under the pressure of fitting into a traditional female role...so she redefines her role at every turn. Excellently written.
  • Drelalak
I have read about Arthur, Camelot, Merlin, and the priestess' and druids, the ancient keepers of the old way since I was only nine. From Victoria Holt, to Steven Lawhead, and many others, yet this is the first time I read of the Arthurian legend having three queens, and all having the same name, Gwenhwyfar! Not a bad book to read if you are in between series and waiting for a new book to be published.
  • Brightcaster
Although the book starts out well, by the time I got halfway through it, I had to keep putting it down. Any Arthurian legend that has ever been published seemed to be thrown into the mix, whether relevant or not. Sometimes a name would be mentioned without relevance to the traditional Arthurian plot. I never really understood where "The Merlin" really was in all of this mess -- did he help poison Gwenhwyfar's mother? There was a lot about his ability to read minds, but it didn't go anywhere. Although the main character was interesting, the odd presentation of Mordred, and the absolutely annoying younger sister, Gwenhyfach, just didn't seem real. All told, I am sorry I bought this book, and have already donated it to my library. I will probably wait a long time before buying any more of Mercedes Lackey's book, although I have been a longtime fan.
  • Talvinl
A wonderful read. Interesting and different with a plot that kept me interested.
  • Delalbine
This wasn't as exquisite in it's descriptive detail as Zimmer Bradley's story. Instead it is more a story of a courageous hardened female warrior who plans military strategy. Although the first section shows her as a courageous young girl, a victim of a jealous and spiteful sister. Only the last third of a book deals with her time as Queen.
In general I have never been the type to like books about horses, military strategy and the like, and yet somehow I ADORED this book and couldn't put it down. I guess it was because the characters were so true to life and real and then there was all the exciting magic of the King Arthur Story as told from yet another female character's perspective.
Don't expect to like Arthur in this book. When it comes to dealing with women his character in this book was even less appealing than in Zimmer Bradley's work.
A wonderful read. I found myself fascinated from the beginning to end, and enjoyed the story. The characters all seem very believable and you are drawn into their world. I have always enjoyed reading Mercedes Lackey and this book is no exception.