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3.33 out of 53.33 out of 53.33 out of 53.33 out of 53.33 out of 5 3.33 (27 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mercedes Lackey Narrator: Anne Flosnik Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2009 ISBN: 9781400183814
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Gwenhwyfar moves in a world where gods walk among their pagan worshipers, where nebulous visions warn of future perils, and where there are two 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" 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 queen-only to find herself facing temptation and treachery, intrigue and betrayal, but also love and redemption. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The way that Lackey reweaves old tales to create something new and powerful, with a compelling and sympathetic heroine, is this retelling’s strength.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • The way that Lackey reweaves old tales to create something new and powerful, with a compelling and sympathetic heroine, is this retelling's strength. Publishers Weekly Starred Review

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 2/17/2014

    " It took me a little while to get into this book, but by the time I got to the 3rd section I couldn't put it down! I loved the re-telling of the famous King Arthur-Guinevere-Lancelot story, and for the first time in a long time actually sympathized with Guinevere (or Gwenhyfar, in this case). I highly recommend this book to other lovers of King Arthur legend! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amanda | 2/15/2014

    " I used to like Mercedes Lackey books so I picked this one up. There were times when I thought she was trying to hard to squeeze unnecessary bits of the legend into the story. Their irrelevance was distracting. The characters jargon-like telling of the story made it very difficult to get immersed into the story and characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heidi | 2/12/2014

    " I enjoyed this version of the Arthur story, especially as it was told from the view point of Gwenhwyfar. my biggest complaint was the use of the welsh names, which i was unsure of how to pronounce. plus i was unable to figure out who some of the characters were in the legends i am familiar with reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris Jencik | 2/9/2014

    " Love this book if you like king arthur and merlin with a twist. also love lackey so much better than the last one of hers i read "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Erika | 1/28/2014

    " The notion of three Gueneveres and the notion that this one is raised a warrior . . . all very interesting, but so much more could have been done. The final third of the book -- the bodice ripper, the fling with Lancelin -- was a bitter disappointment. I resorted to skimming. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anna | 1/24/2014

    " Very interesting twist on the Aurthur legend. I actually enjoyed and was glad that all the familiar characters were still there. The end was very good. Enjoyable read! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sally | 1/19/2014

    " Snooze. I liked the point of view from Gwen, and the tidbits that Arthur may have had three queen Qwenhwyfars, but overall it felt too candy-landish. It lacked the grittiness of some of her other books. The Enduring Flame trilogy was a much better read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 LaQuita | 1/13/2014

    " I always disliked Guinivere in the Arthurian tales. This book gives me a little more sympathy for her situation and provides an interesting suggestion for why she seems so wishy washy in some of the tales. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emilee | 12/10/2013

    " It was very entertaining. Not my fav Lackey book, but the only major issue I had was the welsh spelling. It made things harder to roll with, but an overall interesting take on the legend. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Misti | 12/10/2013

    " I don't like the Arthurian legends, but I thought this was fantastic. I have always HATED Guinevere, but I loved Gwenwhyfar! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rika | 11/26/2013

    " It had me until the end. Sometimes, you just want a happy ending, darn it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandi | 10/25/2013

    " The story of Guinevere and Lancelot never came alive to me before this book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 10/23/2013

    " Cool interpretation of the Arthur story, with women as heroes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna | 9/20/2013

    " I liked the author's post-comments and how she used actual historical information to create her story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynn Bervaldi | 8/19/2013

    " This fantasy was fun to read and fairly fast paced. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kaye | 3/30/2013

    " This was a new and interesting take on the King Arthur legend. I liked this Guinevere. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vicki | 1/27/2013

    " Newest from Mercedes Lackey, based on the Arthurian legends. This one has a nice twist to it. It was fun reading her take on each of the major events around the life of King Arthur. Very strong protagonist. Good fun. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sunshine | 5/21/2012

    " I loved this book. It was a very interesting retelling of the King Arthur story from the point of view of Gwenhwyfar. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lorrie | 5/9/2012

    " I really enjoyed this story. The manipulations and use of the "powers" creative an interesting storyline. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kara | 2/15/2012

    " This was okay. It is sympathetic to Gwenhwyfar, not Arthur. So almost the entire book is taken up with her story. (It takes a lot to rehabilitate Gwen). Since I love Arthur, it was a bit much. But still okay, if a different slant on the Arthurian legends. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 6/16/2011

    " She almost managed it. She *almost* managed to write a strong female character who lived up to the title. If you ignore about 20 pages in the third act, you should be well pleased. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nikki | 6/9/2011

    " I will be fair and say that I do not know much about the Arthurian legend but this book was nothing like I thought it would be. I thought it took too long to get to the point of the story. There was a little too much build-up for Gwenhwfar for my taste. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela | 5/14/2011

    " An interesting take on Guinevere...if I share too much I'll give it all away. :o) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Natalie | 4/10/2011

    " It started off really well and the plot premise etc LOOKED amazing...but the rest of the book was so disappointing. It just wasn't believable in any way and was written pretty boringly. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sally | 2/27/2011

    " Snooze. I liked the point of view from Gwen, and the tidbits that Arthur may have had three queen Qwenhwyfars, but overall it felt too candy-landish. It lacked the grittiness of some of her other books. The Enduring Flame trilogy was a much better read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shannon | 1/16/2011

    " i love arthurian legend. this one was really different. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren | 12/27/2010

    " Well-written, interesting, and intriguing right to the end. Even if it was nothing groundbreaking, it was still a good read and I recommend it. "

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About the Author
Author Mercedes Lackey

Mercedes Lackey is the New York Times bestselling American fan­tasy author behind the Heralds of Valdemar series, the Elemental Masters series, the 500 Kingdoms series, and many more. She has published over one hundred novels in under twenty-five years.

About the Narrator

Anne Flosnik, a seasoned audiobook narrator, has over four hundred titles to her credit and several awards and distinctions, including three AudioFile Earphones Awards, a USA Today Recommended Listening, and the American Library Association’s Special Services to Children Award. She has twice been an Audie Award finalist. She is an accomplished actress with lead credits on stage, on television, and in commercials and voice-overs.