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review Gwenhwyfar The White Spirit é PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ê The bestselling author of the Valdemar novels pens a classic tale about King Arthur's legendary ueen Gwenhwyfar moves in a world where gods walk among their pagan worshipers where nebulous visions warn of future perils and where there are two paThe bestselling author of the Valdemar novels pens a classic tale about King Arthur's legendary ueen Gwenhwyfar moves in a world where gods walk among their pagan worshipers where nebulous visions warn of future perils and where there are tw. I have a friend who is an avid Mercedes Lackey reader Ever since we were young students in university she's been trying to persuade me to try one of her books No thank you I always said looking at the cheesy pseudo medieval covers Definitely not my cup of tea Then one day I saw her holding this novel The name Gwenhwyfar brought my beloved The Mists of Avalon to mind You won't like it she said Okay so challenge accepted The female Eowyn like warrior image definitely picked my interest and I started reading it Despite certain problems with the characters and the story I can say that my overall impression was positiveI don't want to say much about the plot because this is the greatest surprise in my opinion Lackey has taken a few of the numerous versions of Arthur's legend and combined them to create her own vision Is it successful For the most part I'd say it is We have a young woman whose life we witness from an early age trying to balance her position as a noble daughter with all the duties and obligations and as the first and foremost warrior of her father and leader of his army Seeing her struggle and her wish for independence unfolding was excitingThe writing has many moments of beauty and a clear vision conveyed There is attention to detail regarding the setting There is a successful balance of political and strategic issues and the depictions of the daily life during the Dark Ages The image of Gwenhwyfar as the White Spirit is haunting and uite original For me the part where Lackey really excels has to do with the references to Religion Naturally there is the duality of the Old Religion and the New but not in a fight against each other It's rather an attempt to have them co exist and understand the differences and the unavoidable similarities Gwenhwyfar respects both choices and finds the positive elements of each system of beliefs and I think this was refreshing Even in Mists of Avalon the polemic against one side turns out a bit too much becoming almost a propaganda Here Lackey creates a balanced narrative I'm not aware of her personal beliefs but as a reader I consider her approach mature and professionalGwenhwyfar is a brilliant character She is mature bright confident and brave with a deep sense of loyalty for her lineage and an unshaken belief in her abilities She is able to understand her duty as a royal daughter and is far from obnoxious or petulant I couldn't find a single dark spot in her character and I consider her one of the most well written heroines in Historical Fantasy Fiction The problem is that all the other characters with the exception of her mother are one dimensional and completely uninteresting Her sisters her father even the main antagonist and her love interest are flat and not particularly developed Arthur is perhaps the worst of all He comes across as a man completely unfit to be an absolute ruler I couldn't see why he'd be so readily obeyed by all Along with the poor characterization there are certain parts of the story that make it slow and confusing I didn't see the point in having so many women named Gwenhwyfar The focus on our heroine's training slows the narration down and the inclusion of a magical river race makes it a bit silly and childish And not in a positive wayPerhaps I was prepared to hate it my expectations were lower than low and this is why I ended up enjoying it I was impressed by the faithful depiction of the Dark Ages the haunting atmosphere and the vivid inspired dialogue Don't expect the myth of Arthur and his knights don't expect Guinevere and Lancelot or Morgan and Mordred At least not in the ways they have become known This is an entirely version Whether it is successful or not is obviously subjective but I'd suggest you give it a try It's not The Mists of Avalon but it is entertaining and has one of the finest heroines you'll ever meet in the pages of a book

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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 ueen only to find herself facing temptation and treachery intrigue and betrayal but also love and redemptio. In this Arthurian novel Lackey focuses on the Welsh tales of Gwenhwyfar Guinevere in which King Arthur has three wives in succession each named Gwenhwyfar The Gwenhwyfar of this novel is one of four daughters of a Celtic King Intended by her mother to go and serve the Ladies learning the magic of the old pagan rites and becoming a Priestess Gwenhwyfar is much interested in horses and in becoming a warrior At the encouragement of Braith one of her father’s warriors and because she has a sister with the gift who will go to the Ladies in her place Gwenhwyfar is permitted to become a warrior She works hard at her lessons and over the years earns the position of leader of her father’s scouts—all talented horsemen and trackers who are physically too small to be of much use in direct battle When Saxons invade one winter King Arthur sends his best tactician Lancelin Lancelot to consult on battle plans and Gwen is included in the discussion with all the War Lords as they plan an attack Gwen has already managed to terrify the Saxons by appearing to them as a white spirit and calling out the names of those she seeks When the battle finally takes place the victory comes easily though not without bloodshed Meanwhile Gwen finds herself attracted to Lancelin but is forced to accept that he can see her only as a warrior or as a woman not both togetherGwenhwyfar’s life changes dramatically when the second ueen Gwenhwyfar dies and Arthur is still without a legal heir she is forced to accept the duty of a princess and serve the land by becoming Arthur’s third wife However her adventures do not end but rather change as she is thrust into the midst of intrigue and plotting and she once again acuits herself as a warrior and meets up again with LancelinAs always Lackey spins a good tale and her foray into the world of Arthurian legend is a welcome addition

Mercedes Lackey ´ 5 review

Gwenhwyfar The White SpiritO 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. I really enjoyed this book I know a lot of people complained about it because Mercedes Lackey used the Welsh version of the Arthurian legend but it was one that I had never encountered before so it was new to me And the heroine she chose is strong and inspiring and is constantly having to make hard choices My only real complaint is I wish she had pulled back on the descriptions of some things and expounded on others