A box set containing Daughter of Destiny, Camelot’s Queen, and Mistress of Legend
Guinevere is remembered for her role as King Arthur’s wife and for her adulterous affair with Lancelot. But there is so much more to her story…
Priestess. Queen. Warrior. Experience the world of King Arthur through Guinevere’s eyes as she matures from a young priestess who never dreamed of becoming queen to the stalwart defender of a nation and a mistress whose sin would go down in history. Throughout it all, Guinevere she faces threats from both foreign powers and within her own court that lead her to place her very life on the line to protect the dream of Camelot and save her people.
This compendium of Nicole Evelina’s two-time Book of the Year award-winning trilogy – Daughter of Destiny, Camelot’s Queen, and Mistress of Legend – gives fresh life to an age-old tale by adding historical context and emotional depth. Spanning more than three decades, it presents Guinevere as an equal to the famous men she is remembered for loving, while providing context for her controversial decisions and visiting little-known aspects of her life before and after her marriage to King Arthur.
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My Review: Guinevere has been a part of my life for as long as I have memory. The history, her story, her strength, her husband, her lover, her decisions, her infamy, her existence. As a girl, she invoked images of medieval wonder, beautiful gowns, shimmery crowns and a dreamy king. As an adult, she inspires me to forge my own path, to own who I am, and to continually dream. Not only am I picky over how Hollywood and authors portray her, but I am a bit of snob when it comes to any negative opinions of her. Don’t judge her until you’ve read her story. And if you want to read her story, all you need is Nicole Evelina.
I first discovered Nicole Evelina when The Once and Future Queen came across my review desk. I loved it. Like, loved it.
Nicole Evelina’s approach to Guinevere is what drew me in from the beginning. The author has a no-nonsense, wonderfully-researched, warm approach to her subject that made a forever-fan out of this reader. (I am so excited, that I am overusing dashes, People!) So needless to say, when I learned that she’d written a series about my favorite queen, I not only jumped at the chance but told my husband that he was on kid-duty until I finished said series. Daughter of Destiny, the first book in the trilogy, is absolutely brilliant. It follows Guinevere as she leaves her family and heads to Avalon; her fears, her worries, her heartbreak, her hope. The author does a masterful job of fleshing out the young Gwen, bringing her to life and off the pages. I was easily able to step into the story, walking beside Guinevere, seeing the sights and circumstances through her eyes. And the best part of all, was having the opportunity to get to know Guinevere on a personal level.
She is no longer a woman of legend that captured my imagination, years ago. She is now an inspiring, legendary friend, who has captured my heart.
Nicole Evelina is a historical fiction, non-fiction, and women’s fiction author whose five books –Daughter of Destiny, Camelot’s Queen, Been Searching for You, Madame Presidentess and The Once and Future Queen: Guinevere in Arthurian Legend (nonfiction) – have won more than 30 awards, including three Book of the Year designations.
Her writing has appeared in The Huffington Post, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Independent Journal, Curve Magazine and numerous historical publications. She is one of only six authors who completed a week-long writing intensive taught by #1 New York Times bestselling author Deborah Harkness.
Nicole is currently working on Mistress of Legend (September 15), the final novel in her Guinevere’s Tale historical fantasy trilogy and researching two future non-fiction books. She also teaches online writing and business classes for authors at Professional Author Academy.
Blog Tour Schedule
Monday, December 10
Interview at Passages to the Past
Tuesday, December 11
Review at Pursuing Stacie (Daughter of Destiny)
Wednesday, December 12
Guest Post at Let Them Read Books
Thursday, December 13
Review at A Book Geek (Daughter of Destiny)
Friday, December 14
Interview at Donna’s Book Blog
Saturday, December 15
Review at Svetlana’s Reads and Views (Daughter of Destiny)
Sunday, December 16
Review at History From a Woman’s Perspective (Mistress of Legend)
Tuesday, December 18
Review at Book Nerd (Camelot’s Queen)
Thursday, December 20
Review at Pursuing Stacie (Camelot’s Queen)
Friday, December 21
Excerpt at Passages to the Past
Thursday, December 27
Review at Svetlana’s Reads and Views (Camelot’s Queen)
Friday, December 28
Review at Historical Fiction with Spirit (Mistress of Legend)
Saturday, December 29
Review at Pursuing Stacie (Mistress of Legend)
Sunday, December 30
Review at Jorie Loves a Story (Mistress of Legend)
Wednesday, January 2
Review at Book Nerd (Mistress of Legend)
Thursday, January 3
Review at Svetlana’s Reads and Views (Mistress of Legend)
During the Blog Tour we will be giving away a boxed set of The Guinevere’s Tale Trilogy in paperback (US Only) and one set in eBook (international)! To enter, please see the Gleam form below.
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