“Vivid, dramatic…once again we are captivated by the magic of the legend that has so long fed our appetite for pageantry and romantic adventure.” – Washington Post Book World
“Imaginative storytelling…vitally human characters…shimmers with magic and mystery.” – San Francisco Chronicle
The first book of the Trilogy, Child of the Northern Spring, details Gwen’s childhood–a time of freedom and adventuring far from the strictures of the more formal Romanized court. Here the feisty Celtic tomboy meets many of the characters who will be interwoven in the story of Camelot; the young, brash Gawain and his bombastic father, King Lot; Merlin, who’s wisdom reeks of magic and superstition and, of course, Arthur’s half-sister, Morgan Le Fey. Gwen, who is raised to run her own kingdom of Rheged, doesn’t see any reason at all why she has to learn to wear dresses, speak Latin and go south to marry that king. But politics and family loyalty being what they are, she finds herself being escorted into what will become one of the great legends of all time.
“The standout opening volume of Woolley’s Guinevere Trilogy, first published in 1987, describes the Celtic princess’s childhood in loving, sensuous detail with an uncannily accurate historical eye for day-to-day details. As Guinevere comes of age to marry Arthur, the recently crowned high king of Britain, Woolley does a marvelous job of portraying the political upheaval of the time. Despite the struggle between Celtic and Roman culture, Guinevere finds herself working with Arthur to unify a divided country and repel the onslaughts of Saxon invaders and rebellious kings. The sharply delineated cast will be familiar to any fan of Arthuriana, though many characters get new twists. While hardly the first book to retell these myths from a woman’s perspective, this is an engrossing and satisfying addition to the canon.” – Publishers Weekly