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A great ending to a great series. The story finishes with the ending of Firelord and Gwenevere is the primary character. Parke continues to impress with every read and it's so unfair and unfortunate that he isn't with us anymore because he was something special. These books will always stick with me due to the sensational writing and character development. Every single character in this book has there good and bad qualities but you fall in love with them in some way. I'm sad this series is over for me but I'm going to save the prequel for the future. I recommend this book and series to everyone who loves historical fiction and fantasy novels. Parke will never ever disappoint. When we think of Gwenafyer from the legend of King Arthur we usually think of a meek and mild Church ridden woman silent in the background only coming to notice when her affair with Lancelot is discovered. And what ever happened to her after King Arthur was slain? Godwin turns this image of Gwenafyer upside downshe is a strong willed Princess who will be nothing but Arthur's equal. At the beginning of this novel she has just learned of Arthur's death and must push her feelings of personal loss down and deal with the unraveling of her country. Godwin gives us insight into this new rendition of Gwenafyerespecially after she has been captured and sold into slavery to her mortal enemies the Saxons. As a field slave she will learn much more then just farmingshe will learn that life is more then just ruling. Truly a must read for fans of the Arthurian legend and those who want a different kind of 'Gwenafyer' While I loved the first Firelord novel and was riveted with the portrayal of a hardened and manipulative Guenevere, I found this volume harder to get through. Parke Godwin's prose is supple, rich and real throughout. It is never forced, and flows through landscapes and conversations effortlessly. He also refreshingly stays away from the new age agenda of Marion Zimmer Bradley and the Evangelical agenda of Stephen Lawhead, but ultimately falls short in that I failed to find interest in a Guenevere without Arthur, not because she cannot fare on her own, rather because Godwin delivers a story line I cannot get into. The queen is captured by the Saxons, and she is owned, humiliated, and even loved by her enemy. Sounds promising? Well, in a way the short form of the story does sound promising, but sprawled into novel in a cramped paperback with very little breaks for the eye had me skimming upon occasion.

Matters weren't helped much further in that my paperback was falling apart in my hands. But let me get back to the story. Many characters who are typically dead in the classic versions after the passing of Arthur are still alive—Gareth and Eleyne, to mention but two. This takes some getting warmed up to, but while I'm doing that I am completely thrown by how Guenevere is given a new love interest, Gunnar, and there is one scene in there that is beyond erotic, something that was only hinted at in her relationship with Arthur and barely explored with Lancelot. I'm still not sure what to make of a Guenevere servicing a Saxon as his slave except that the execution left me somewhat cold. I was no longer interested in the manipulative spitfire that was the Guenevere of the first Firelord novel.

In the end, I can only recommend this novel to those who are trying to spend their lifetime reading everything Arthurian. Personally, after this one, the third Firelord novel just as well may sit on my shelf a long time before I get to it, if ever. My favourite rendition of Arthuriana, I think, despite the man himself being dead before the story starts. This is the story of "what happened next."

Guinevere is trying to keep Britain together but things go a bit pearshaped and she winds up a slave to a Saxon farmer. However, she finds that it isn't that bad and that the Saxons aren't necessarily as bad as she once thought (handy for those of us who are Inclined to look at the legend of Arthur as being an historical iteration of the Brexit story, but with a bit more glamour). Guinevere comes to admit and love these "invaders" and, when she returns to her former life, is considered a radical for listening to the "common voices."

Something that occurred to me on this reread was that Guinevere reminded me of another queen of England who had a tumultuous life and was considered a harlot by her enemies and a paragon by her admirers: Eleanor of Aquitaine. She has the same vast knowledge, train of followers and let for life. A quick check of some books and some googling led me to the first great popularisation and consideration of Arthur as a "true" historical figure as being during the reign of the Plantaganets and the idea that it happened to add some mystique to the rule of Henry and Eleanor. It's not too far a stretch: Eleanor did foster a court that loved old stories and she was nobodies fool.

Anyway, back to the book. Mr Godwin seems a little too fond of his lead character at times but this is a great read that asks some interesting questions about legends and myths and what we do with them. This is the sequel to 'Firelord,' but, unlike many sequels, I thought it was a much better book. Where 'Firelord' spent a lot of time working in elements of the traditional story, this tale of Guinevere leaves what we 'knew' behind as it creates a rich historical fiction of what may have happened in Britain after Arthur's death.
While Guinevere in 'Firelord' may have seemed scheming, jealous and cruel (although a brilliant politician), here in this story told from her point of view, her character comes alive, and we can fully understand her motives and emotions.
We also see the 'other side' of the storyas Guinevere fails in her efforts to keep the warring tribes of Britain together, and falls in the chaos to slavers... but over time comes to grow as a person and come to a greater understanding of those who were 'her' people. We get to see the perspective of the foreign 'invading' tribes, and the point of view of the peasants who struggle only to survive as lords battle... Godwin does inject a political, prodemocracy slant that rings a little bit false for its historical setting, to me, but overall, I enjoyed the book. Surprising! Slow start, but worth finishing. This is a Guenevere unlike most of the Gueneveres out there, and that's what makes this so fantastic. The story almost always ends with Arthur dying (maybe) and Guenevere packed off to the unknown (or a nunnery). But what could she have done? Who could she have been, this woman who broke the heart of a king?
Godwin sets up an amazing shift away from the "traditional" Arthurian styling by adding a facet of early English society, which the medievalist in me just loved. The first part of this book is a bit slow because it's the Arthurian narrative without Arthur, but once Guenevere gets out into her own story it just crackles with imagination and historical vibrancy. I love how much Godwin gets into who the English werethe Angles, the Jutes, the Icelings, the squabbling pieces of invaders who became a nation itself later invaded by the Normans. Every now and then some Old English is thrown in, too, and it's so subtly and brilliantly done. A worthy sequel, absolutely, even as it carries the burden of What Could Have Been into an appreciation of What Happened...Perhaps. An imaginative expansion on the Arthur legend, this book tells the story of Guinevere, mainly dealing with what happens to her after Arthur dies. Parts of the Arthur story are told in flashback, as the reader follows along with her inner musings on the past. But mostly in follows the former queen as she becomes enslaved by Saxon's and learns to admire their democratic system of governing. When she returns to her own people she is much changed for the better, but will her countrymen accept her strange new ideas?[return]An interesting blend of fantasy, legend, and history. It peaked my interest in history, but I didn't like the rambling thoughts of the main character sometimes. Still, this is a great way to experience some English history with a dash of the Arhur legend, albiet told in a more realistic manner. My impression of the setup of Guinevere's plight was that it was ridiculous, so I really couldn't appreciate the story as much after that. King Arthur Is Dead Surrounded By Traitors And Upstarts, Guinevere Must Defend The Empire She Struggled So Desperately To Help Forge But She Is Driven To The Depths Of Servitude To A Bold Saxon Thane Who Is Unaware Of Her True Identity, And About To Discover More Of Humanity Than She Ever Imagined