FICTION
Daughter of Destiny
Lawson Gartner. (Guinevere's Tale, Bk. 1). Jan. 2016. 326p. ebk. ISBN 9780996763110. FANTASY
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Lady Guinevere's role in Arthurian legend is that of the betraying wife who breaks the king's heart and takes away his noblest knight. Evelina seeks to change that perception by giving Guinevere a voice as she recounts her own rich backstory and journey to becoming a queen. Plagued by visions, she seeks guidance from the priestesses of Avalon. There she pushes the boundaries of her powers, meeting friends, rivals, and even a lover before being called home potentially to do her duty as a noblewoman of marrying age.
VERDICT A new twist on an old tale that gives agency, sympathy, and personality to a woman typically cast as a one-dimensional adulteress. Classic characters find their way into Guinevere's orbit in unexpected ways, keeping the novel both familiar and fresh. [See "Women To Root For: Narratives in SELF-e," ow.ly/100Jyl.]

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