Title: Queen of the Summer Stars: Book Two of the Guinevere Trilogy
Author: Persia Woolley
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
Publication Date: June 1, 2011
Paperback: 512 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction, Fiction
In a country still reeling from the collapse of the Roman Empire, the young King Arthur and his wife Guinevere struggle to keep the barbarians at bay even as they establish the Fellowship of the Round Table. The spirited and outspoken Guinevere skillfully combats an accusation of planning to poison Arthur in a country simmering with unrest and scandal. But Guinevere’s greatest battles are dangers Arthur cannot see—ones she’ll have to fight on her own. And all the while, she must reconcile her thirst for freedom with her duties as queen, and her growing love for Lancelot with her loyalty to her husband. Vibrantly human and touchingly real, Guinevere reigns as a woman poised to discover the true peril and promise of the human heart.
Queen of the Summer Stars by Persia Woolley is book two of the Guinevere trilogy. As with the first book, Children of the Northern Spring, Woolley continues the Arthurian legend through the eyes of Guinevere, and as with the first book, Queen of the Summer Stars does not disappoint the reader. Woolley expertly sets up the scenes and her characters come to life in this work of historical fiction. It is evident from the beginning that Woolley took her time researching the history of the time period as she goes into extraordinarily vivid description and allows the reader to view Guinevere’s marriage to King Arthur and their live and struggles through Guinevere’s eyes. Readers will further become acquainted not only with Guinevere and Arthur, but readers will also get to know Sir Lancelot, one of Arthur’s best knights as well as the major player in King Arthur’s court. As with every Arthurian legend I have read there are revolts, uprisings, adventure, misadventure, danger and love, making Queen of the Summer Stars a fast-paced and thrilling adventure and one I did not want to end. I look forward to reading the final book in Woolley’s trilogy; Guinevere: Legend in Autumn after truly enjoying Woolley’s masterfully crafted novel, Queen of the Summer Stars, and I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys strong female characters, well written adventures and Arthurian legends.
I received a complimentary arc of Queen of the Summer Stars by Persia Woolley from Sourcebooks. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of aforementioned novel.