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.
©2016 Nicole Evelina (P)2016 Nicole Evelina
Guinevere is badass...
I loved the introduction of Guinevere. Too often her character is made to be this evil villain, rather than a pawn in the games of men. Learning about her history and the talents that she possesses was enlightening and important to the story.
Any scene involving her Lover. While not all were happy moments it offered a glimpse into the other relationship that Guinevere had.
This book made me thoughtful. I have read about King Arthur and the Knights of the Round-table since I was a young child, and every telling painted Guinevere in an unflattering light. This book changed those preconceived notions and I am very excited to read the future series.
This audio book was graciously provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review
Besides being an RN, I am an avid audiobook listener as well as a narrator and producer for Audible. I love Audiobooks!
I have always been interested in British history. It is rich with what could be fact or fantasy, but either way, always fascinating. The story of Guinevere, Authur, Knights of the Round Table, Merlin-all of it-takes us back to a time in history where even speculation is remarkable given that it was so long ago. People are still telling the story. Even with the most meticulous research, the truth will never really be known. I think that is the reason it can still be told and augmented with the author's imagination.
Daughter of Destiny: Book 1 is the story of Guinevere's early life, from 11 years old to about 16, when she is betrothed to Authur. From what I have read previously on this subject, there are variations from what may or may not be the truth. Who really knows?
It was well written and Serena Scott Thomas does a fine job with the narration. This book was gifted to me for an honest review via Audiobook Boom! The next book in the series was also offered and I wish I had asked for that one too, as I really enjoyed this one!
“I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.”
It was certainly a different take on the whole Camelot story.. I like this better.
The narration was great, and you could truly feel for these characters.
I read all kinds of books, but I have an obsession with paranormal and fantasy at the moment. Sorry about any spelling mistakes/typos.
Yes, I love this take on Guinevere, in most stories about Merlin and Arthur she is seen as little more than a wife and then a betrayer. This book covers Guinevere's early life including her training at Avalon and it shows her in a new light, here we see her as a complete person with strengths and weaknesses, likes and dislikes etc.
I loved the character voices, the male voices were very well done which is always a challenge for a female narrator. Serena's narration allowed me to get lost in the story.
Yes, many times, both the story and the narration managed to draw me in and make me feel attached to the characters so I felt their joys and sorrows, loves and despair.
If you like the story of Guinevere, Arthur and Merlin then I doubt you'd be disappointed by this telling of the story.
I loved this book (in case the 5 star review didn't make that clear), I'm already looking forward to the next book and I'm hoping there are several more to come.
Note: This book was provided free by the author/narrator/publisher in exchange for an unbiased review.
Colorado Springs, CO, United States I particularly enjoy romance/fantasy books, management books, and YA fiction.
I received this book in exchange for my review and I could not have been happier with it. I loved this look at Guinevere from both a more humanistic and more female centric view point. Guinevere is written about in a less than favorable light in almost every historical text and it was past time someone wrote about her with compassion. Like a great movie, I will listen to this again and again. The narration is soothing. The story is wonderful. Such an enjoyable listen.
I listen all the time
I received this book free from ebalst, and this is my unbiased opion. the Camelot story has been retold so many time, and this book puts a few new twists to it. if you like the Author legends it is worth a listen.
Top 20 percent. I did enjoy this story but it was very sad. The way that Guinevere was mislead and betrayed by Morgan was terrible. Almost made me want to stop listening, it became that upsetting.
I really enjoyed Guinevere's character. She was a good person inside that was taken advantage of and used terribly. I wanted to save her myself. But this first book is mostly about her growing up at Avalon and being a Priestess.
I disliked Morgans character but I enjoyed the performance by Serena Thomas. She did very well with the voices.
There were moments where I was sad for Guineveres situation. She should of followed her original Lover and never gone to Arthur.
I really enjoyed listening to this Audiobook. I received This Audiobook for free from Audiobook boom in exchange for an unbiased review.
I enjoyed this tale very much.
Guinevere is the strong daughter of a Roman king and a mother who was part of the Votadini tribe.
Her maternal family are believers in the old religion of Avalon, and so Guinevere is sent there to study, where she meets Viviane and Morgan.
There is a plot twist that makes this book an overall worthwhile read.
Serena Scott Thomas did well with the narration.
"This audio book was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review."
Started off slow st first but stick with it. I enjoyed it and I'm on to the next...
All of them! She did an awesome job!
“I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher in exchange for an honest review."
I found myself on a journey back in medieval times. I love Nicole Evelina's tale of Guinevere. I know that anyone who enjoys the tales of King Arthur will wish they were all told as well as this tale of Guinevere. I feel like I was truly there through out her life experiencing every moment with her. Thank you Nicole Evelina! Serena Scott Thomas is amazing and was perfect for the voice to all the characters in this book. "I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher."
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