Today on Love Books Group, Kimberly has a review of Daughter of Destiny: Guinevere’s Tale Book 1 by Nicole Evelina for you to enjoy.
- Myths & Legends
♥ Blurb ♥
Before queenship and Camelot, Guinevere was a priestess of Avalon. She loved another before Arthur, a warrior who would one day betray her.
In the war-torn world of late fifth century Britain, young Guinevere faces a choice: stay with her family to defend her home at Northgallis from the Irish, or go to Avalon to seek help for the horrific visions that haunt her. The Sight calls her to Avalon, where she meets Morgan, a woman of questionable parentage who is destined to become her rival. As Guinevere matures to womanhood, she gains the powers of a priestess, and falls in love with a man who will be both her deepest love and her greatest mistake.
Just when Guinevere is able to envision a future in Avalon, tragedy forces her back home, into a world she barely recognizes, one in which her pagan faith, outspokenness, and proficiency in the magical and military arts are liabilities. When a chance reunion with her lover leads to disaster, she is cast out of Northgallis and into an uncertain future. As a new High King comes to power, Guinevere must navigate a world of political intrigue where unmarried women are valuable commodities and seemingly innocent actions can have life-altering consequences.
You may think you know the story of Guinevere, but you’ve never heard it like this: in her own words. Listen and you will hear the true story of Camelot and its queen.
Fans of Arthurian legend and the Mists of Avalon will love Daughter of Destiny, the first book in a historical fantasy trilogy that gives Guinevere back her voice and traces her life from an uncertain eleven year old girl to a wise queen in her fifth decade of life.
♥ Author Info ♥
Nicole Evelina is a multi-award-winning historical fiction and romantic comedy writer. Her most recent novel, Madame Presidentess, a historical novel about Victoria Woodhull, America’s first female Presidential candidate, was awarded the prestigious B.R.A.G Medallion and was the first place winner in the Women’s US History category of the 2015 Chaucer Awards for Historical Fiction.
Her debut novel, Daughter of Destiny, the first book of an Arthurian legend trilogy that tells Guinevere’s life story from her point of view, was named Book of the Year by Chanticleer Reviews, took the Grand Prize in the 2015 Chatelaine Awards for Women’s Fiction/Romance, won a Gold Medal in the fantasy category in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards, a Gold Medal in the fantasy category in the Reader’s Favorite Awards, and was short-listed for the Chaucer Award for Historical Fiction. Its sequel, Camelot’s Queen, was awarded the prestigious B.R.A.G Medallion and is currently a finalist in the Ozma Awards for mythological fantasy. Been Searching for You, her contemporary romantic comedy, won the 2016 Colorado Independent Publishers Association Award for Romance, the 2015 Romance Writers of America (RWA) Great Expectations and Golden Rose contests, was a finalist in the chick-lit category of the Readers Favorite Awards and is currently a finalist in the Chatelaine Awards for romantic fiction.
Her website is http://nicoleevelina.com/.
♥ Book Review ♥
The first Disney movie I remember watching as a kid was The Sword in the Stone. I credit that for the beginning of my love for anything having to do with Arthurian Legend. By far, my all time favorite version of the story was Marion Zimmer Bradley’s The Mists of Avalon, so it’s no surprise that I jumped at the opportunity to review the first of Nicole Evelina’s trilogy Daughter of Destiny.
The cover of Daughter of Destiny is reminiscent of The Mists of Avalon, which obviously was a huge influence on Ms. Evelina’s novel. Ms. Evelina herself states she had been captivated by The Mists of Avalon, but that she was felt sorry for Guinevere and wanted Daughter of Destiny to be from Guinevere’s point of view, giving another oft misunderstood character her own voice. I found it interesting that Ms. Evelina fashioned Guinevere more in the likeness of Morgan than many other versions of the character. The beautiful cover depicts Guinevere with long brown hair and the band she uses to hide her Avalon marking.
King Arthur stories are not happy tales, though Daughter of Destiny allowed me to hold out hope for a while. While I’ve only read the first of the books thus far, I’m afraid Guinevere is destined for tragedy once again. I suppose even a great novel can’t totally change tradition. However, like Ms. Bradley before her, Ms. Evelina puts a twist on this well known historical fiction and at least allows Guinevere tell her own story. If I had one complaint, it would be that once again Guinevere and Morgan are on opposite sides. Take note authors, if you want to really please this reader, write a novel where these two powerful women stand up for and by each other.
If you are a fan of historical fiction, Arthurian Legends, The Mists of Avalon, or just really good storytelling, this novel will not disappoint.
Review by Kimberly Livingston for Love Books Group
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