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Gwenhwyfar The White Spirit Read & download Ï 109 à 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 paths for a woman the path of the BlesO 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 am so glad I got to read this I was worried that with the short time that the library gave me I wouldn’t be able to but I decided to put aside Beautiful Creatures to read this tale This was my first time reading a Mercedes Lackey book and I am so thrilled it was this one In the tradition of her own mentor Marion Zimmer Bradley Ms Lackey writes a beautiful story about the Arthurian myth One of the most intriguing parts of this story is that as the author mentions Arthur might have had three wives all with the same name The author provides a note in the back explaining where she found this and how it account for the story of the ueen that we are accustomed to I won’t say anything in order to not spoil the entire book The author decided to write about the third ueen the one with whom we might be familiar with What Marion Zimmer Bradley did to Morgaine Mercedes Lackey did the same to ueen Gwen she created a character that I was rooting for and sympathizing with and I wanted her to triumph in the endThe first part of the book details Gwen’s childhood with her wonderful father who is King and her mother who is Blessed and her three sisters one of whom Little Gwen likes to stir up trouble The horse goddess Epona blesses Gwen and as result she trains to be a warrior When we see Gwen in the middle of the book she is much older and has great command over her men and scouts and is her father’s right hand She is knows as the White Phantom to many enemies actually However in the third part of the book Gwen must fulfill her duty and marry Arthur and all the small events that have been happening in her life culminate in what follows after her wedding Throughout all this there is magic and familiar faces emerge including Merlin Morgana Morgause and Arthur’s son We actually do not meet Arthur until the latter part of the book so we are learning about him as Gwen does Treachery and betrayal abound in Gwen’s life and you are left with a certain sort of sadness for her at the end but it is in fact bittersweet and she knows thatAt no point in the book was I left unsatisfied I read this book while I rode the subway to and from work and spent my lunch hours reading it as well Rarely do I find myself in a position that I am so eager to read a book that I will use up my lunchtime to read a book If you truly enjoyed The Mists of Avalon then definitely consider picking this one up You’ll see Gwen in a whole new light and it will give new meaning to the ueen that has been vilified for her betrayal

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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. Well I would love to say I enjoyed this book and I did in the beginning It was very well written and Mercedes Lackey certainly did her part in performing a cursory overview of the old ways including adding parts from the Mabinogion and the Welsh triads and even a bit from Gildas' De Excidio and Geoffrey of Monmouth's Historia regum Brittaniae She did a good job in providing a very broad strokes overview of the Arthurian legend and from a very different perspective I also appreciated the fact that she tried to keep the story very much a WelshBriton one without a lot of continental ie French or German overtones which is admittedly hard to do with an Arthurian work When I started I couldn't wait to have some free time so I could get back to the book and that hasn't happened to me since reading Bernard Cornwell's Warlord trilogy a decade ago The first two parts of Gwenhyfar Princess and Warrior were captivating and I found myself thinking that out of all the Arthurian novels I'd read I've finally found a Gwenhyfar that I actually liked from the beginning Partway through Warrior however something happened Lancelot showed up or in this book's case Lancelin and what had started out as a narrative about a strong independent female one who thought for herself and fought for herself devolved into another Guenevere Arthur Lancelot triangleDon't get me wrong I concentrated on Arthurian lit in grad school I get it you can't have a story about Gwen without going there short of leaving Lancelot out of the story which is entirely possible by the way since Lancelot is a medieval French construct and was never part of the original WelshBriton Arthurian mythos And if handled properly a Lancelot Gwen pairing wouldn't be all that bad But if you're going to go there I wish authors would try a little harder not to make it uite so obvious or uite so saccharine And I think that's what frustrated me about this Mercedes Lackey spent 23 of the book building up her vision of a strong self aware self sufficient Gwen who literally transformed herself into her name the White Spirit How independent how gifted how capable and wise she was and how much she lusted after her own freedom and being able to do what she wanted to on her own terms while staying true to her duty as a daughter a sister a warrior and a follower of the old ways And yet when all was said and done when she first laid eyes on Lance something changed her Maybe that was always the point love changes you enough to make you do things even things that you would have thought were anathema at one point in your life And if that really were the case then Lackey succeeded The problem is I don't buy it And this could just be me being obstinate but I don't buy it specifically because she spent over 200 pages convincing me of how strong a woman Gwen was and that all the sacrifices she made to become who she was was so that she could be an independent respected woman in a man's world While she had her weaknesses and insecurities like everyone else it just seemed so very out of character for her to turn into a googly eyed love struck shadow of herself It was too jarring for me others may strongly disagree and that's okayAnd I also understand that this was Gwen's story; it wasn't another story about Arthur But there was nothing absolutely nothing in Lackey's work that would even make you want to know much less like Arthur Oh he was always there in the background as a person of interest someone far away yet indirectly connected with everything else going on in the main narrative You couldn't forget about him and you knew that at some point he would be brought in and would be an integral part of the main story And this finally happened in the third part but again he was written as if he were on a pedestal; someone who glad others to see him as a shining example but someone also out of reach cold very two dimensional given only to duty Part of me wishes that she had written him in such a way that would have made him alive someone who was flawed imperfect with redeeming ualities so that you could see what was so great about him and why nearly 1600 years later people are still writing about him about his wife about his deeds and positing over why he's such a larger than life figure if he even ever existedAfter all the Arthurian literary corpus spans over a thousand years and has roots not only in Great Britain but on the continent as well From the medieval period onwards each generation that produced Arthurian literature had a specific reason for generating a new version of the legend In each of these adaptations the character of Arthur himself changed depending on what the author intended or than likely on what the author’s patron had in mind for the retelling The literary Arthur has appeared in many guises he is dux bellorum defender of sub Roman Britain against the Anglo Saxon invaders; he is the Celtic warrior chief warden of the oppressed and challenger to tyranny; he is the laudable king who tries to maintain a cohesive British identity as well as a coherent political unit; he has been assumed as one of a group of dark age tyrannical leaders; he is the high spirited and playful adventurer surrounded by his closest friends; he is the cuckolded husband; and he is also the ineffectual roi fainéant who sat alone in his castle awaiting the return of his knights errant I felt that Lackey's Arthur could have been a fraction of any one of these and it disappointed me that he wasn't Still I understand this novel was about Gwen and not him so I've made my peace with this Finally what turned me off the most while I appreciate that Lackey spent a lot of time researching and sifting through so much Arthurian lore Celtic myths British legends the Mabinogi the Welsh Triads sections of the De Excidio and the HRB as well as touching on the uneasy relationship between the early Christian Church and followers of the Old Religion and somehow incorporating chunks of all of these into her work in a very large way it was all too much Less is certainly especially in this case and in trying to stuff a 400 page novel with too much Arthuriana can be off putting to both new and experienced followers of Arthur It may have worked if she had decided on a 3 or 4 book series where she would have had the time and space to nurse each bit and see it bloom into a fully idealized narrative construct But with one book It was too muchAnachronisms notwithstanding oh and there were so manythe presence of Gildas alone made my ears waggle but I'm not going there it would have made narrative sense to have chosen one or two main myths and tied those in with the pseudohistorical aspects For instance she could have chosen between telling the tale of the Three Gwenhyfars or the False Gwenhyfar but not both Similarly she could have chosen from among the various Gwenhyfar abduction stories but not all of them The Arthurian canon is a large one spanning over 1500 years of works in both the oral and written tradition There's so much good stuff to choose from that it may be hard to pick and choose just one; it may be hard to fight the urge to not include everything The problem is when you make a concerted decision to add a lot or too much then the story suffers because it becomes diluted and it weakens what could have been a very strong very tight work of fictionAs I was first reading the novel I was almost sure I was going to give it a 4 or 5 As I got towards the middle of the 2nd part I dropped it down to a 3 or 4 When I read the 3rd part I dropped it down to a 2 and I must say around midnight last night I was thinking Strongly feeling a 1 right now Still there was so much I liked about it in the beginning and in general that in the end I decided on giving this 3 stars It wasn't all bad even though it could have been much better but in the end it was one I enjoyed than other Arthurian retellings I've read recently

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Gwenhwyfar The White SpiritThe 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. Lackey has been writing Mary Sues in fantasy crack fic for decades now so this book came as a surprise to me She's clearly put in research into early Celtic life and tales her Gwenhwyfar serves mead and ale with her own hands in a great hall filled with dog shit This is probably the best book she's ever written certainly it's the most controlled But still sadly disappointing If you tackle Arthurian legend after centuries of people messing with it you'd better have something new and interesting to say Lackey definitely doesn't but it's not a complete failure as a book The world felt possible and neither the Old Ways nor the White Christ felt demonized a common pitfall of the Arthurian tales Most of the story is about Gwen becoming a warrior she doesn't even meet Arthur until 34ths of the way into the novel I'd ordinarily really enjoy this feminist twist on what makes Gwen important that it's her skills rather than her marriage except that what Gwen is involved in is pretty boring Even the training montage doesn't have the same vitality as say in Arrows of the ueen By controlling the worst of her Mary Sue creating tendencies Lackey has removed a lot of the fun in her writing style Which is not to say that Lackey has learned to write reasonable characters Her Gwen is perfect in a very well worn way she's beautiful but doesn't pay attention to clothes or makeup she's gifted with magic than anyone else she's the best rider and scout in the army the fey do as she bids and come when she calls she still looks 16 in her late twenties Lackey emphasizes how preternaturally young Gwen looks in nearly every chapter Why is this important She's an unbelievable character but less so than the Evil Characters Why do people do mean things Because they are Evil From the very moment they are born they are Evil Constantly irredeamably in every possible situation Evil Arthur's kingdom falls not because the Saxons are invading or because he didn't leave a good infrastructure in place or because he was a bad king but instead because a character is Evil and so does all sorts of Evil things In case you weren't sure he was Evil he rapes the main character repeatedly I am so so so over rape as marker of evil in fantasy novels It's frustratingThis is better than Lackey's usual fare but isn't anything special If you're looking for Arthurian legends with a strong female heroine I highly recommend Jo Walton's The King's Peace instead