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King Arthur is dead Surrounded by traitors and upstarts Guinevere must defend the empire she struggled so desperately to help forge But she is driven to the depths of servitude to a bold Saxon thane who is unaware of her true identity and about to discover of humanity than she ever imagined

10 thoughts on “Beloved Exile

  1. says:

    The seuel to Firelord Guinevere tells her story after the Fall of Camelot This woman is a ueen whose family line goes back centuries Now nominally a Christian the women of her family were once priestesses of Epona with all the sexual priveleges that entailed Daughter of a formidable king it was she who taught young Arthur how to rule a kingdomHer story begins with the political challenges arising with the Arthur's death and continues with betrayal flight and then capture and enslavement by the very Saxons Arthur fought so hard against No matter what her circumstances Guinevere is a formidable woman She has serious flaws but over time she grows in wisdom and compassion and finally returns to the land where she once ruled to take a final hand in the future of Britian

  2. says:

    My impression of the setup of Guinevere's plight was that it was ridiculous so I really couldn't appreciate the story as much after that

  3. says:

    While I loved the first Firelord novel and was riveted with the portrayal of a hardened and manipulative Guenevere I found this volume harder to get through Parke Godwin's prose is supple rich and real throughout It is never forced and flows through landscapes and conversations effortlessly He also refreshingly stays away from the new age agenda of Marion Zimmer Bradley and the Evangelical agenda of Stephen Lawhead but ultimately falls short in that I failed to find interest in a Guenevere without Arthur not because she cannot fare on her own rather because Godwin delivers a story line I cannot get into The ueen is captured by the Saxons and she is owned humiliated and even loved by her enemy Sounds promising? Well in a way the short form of the story does sound promising but sprawled into novel in a cramped paperback with very little breaks for the eye had me skimming upon occasion Matters weren't helped much further in that my paperback was falling apart in my hands But let me get back to the story Many characters who are typically dead in the classic versions after the passing of Arthur are still alive—Gareth and Eleyne to mention but two This takes some getting warmed up to but while I'm doing that I am completely thrown by how Guenevere is given a new love interest Gunnar and there is one scene in there that is beyond erotic something that was only hinted at in her relationship with Arthur and barely explored with Lancelot I'm still not sure what to make of a Guenevere servicing a Saxon as his slave except that the execution left me somewhat cold I was no longer interested in the manipulative spitfire that was the Guenevere of the first Firelord novelIn the end I can only recommend this novel to those who are trying to spend their lifetime reading everything Arthurian Personally after this one the third Firelord novel just as well may sit on my shelf a long time before I get to it if ever

  4. says:

    My favourite rendition of Arthuriana I think despite the man himself being dead before the story starts This is the story of what happened next Guinevere is trying to keep Britain together but things go a bit pear shaped and she winds up a slave to a Saxon farmer However she finds that it isn't that bad and that the Saxons aren't necessarily as bad as she once thought handy for those of us who are Inclined to look at the legend of Arthur as being an historical iteration of the Brexit story but with a bit glamour Guinevere comes to admit and love these invaders and when she returns to her former life is considered a radical for listening to the common voices Something that occurred to me on this reread was that Guinevere reminded me of another ueen of England who had a tumultuous life and was considered a harlot by her enemies and a paragon by her admirers Eleanor of Auitaine She has the same vast knowledge train of followers and let for life A uick check of some books and some googling led me to the first great popularisation and consideration of Arthur as a true historical figure as being during the reign of the Plantaganets and the idea that it happened to add some mystiue to the rule of Henry and Eleanor It's not too far a stretch Eleanor did foster a court that loved old stories and she was nobodies fool Anyway back to the book Mr Godwin seems a little too fond of his lead character at times but this is a great read that asks some interesting uestions about legends and myths and what we do with them

  5. says:

    When we think of Gwenafyer from the legend of King Arthur we usually think of a meek and mild Church ridden woman silent in the background only coming to notice when her affair with Lancelot is discovered And what ever happened to her after King Arthur was slain? Godwin turns this image of Gwenafyer upside down she is a strong willed Princess who will be nothing but Arthur's eual At the beginning of this novel she has just learned of Arthur's death and must push her feelings of personal loss down and deal with the unraveling of her country Godwin gives us insight into this new rendition of Gwenafyer especially after she has been captured and sold into slavery to her mortal enemies the Saxons As a field slave she will learn much then just farming she will learn that life is then just ruling Truly a must read for fans of the Arthurian legend and those who want a different kind of 'Gwenafyer'

  6. says:

    Surprising Slow start but worth finishing

  7. says:

    This is the seuel to 'Firelord' but unlike many seuels I thought it was a much better book Where 'Firelord' spent a lot of time working in elements of the traditional story this tale of Guinevere leaves what we 'knew' behind as it creates a rich historical fiction of what may have happened in Britain after Arthur's deathWhile Guinevere in 'Firelord' may have seemed scheming jealous and cruel although a brilliant politician here in this story told from her point of view her character comes alive and we can fully understand her motives and emotionsWe also see the 'other side' of the story as Guinevere fails in her efforts to keep the warring tribes of Britain together and falls in the chaos to slavers but over time comes to grow as a person and come to a greater understanding of those who were 'her' people We get to see the perspective of the foreign 'invading' tribes and the point of view of the peasants who struggle only to survive as lords battle Godwin does inject a political pro democracy slant that rings a little bit false for its historical setting to me but overall I enjoyed the book

  8. says:

    This is a Guenevere unlike most of the Gueneveres out there and that's what makes this so fantastic The story almost always ends with Arthur dying maybe and Guenevere packed off to the unknown or a nunnery But what could she have done? Who could she have been this woman who broke the heart of a king?Godwin sets up an amazing shift away from the traditional Arthurian styling by adding a facet of early English society which the medievalist in me just loved The first part of this book is a bit slow because it's the Arthurian narrative without Arthur but once Guenevere gets out into her own story it just crackles with imagination and historical vibrancy I love how much Godwin gets into who the English were the Angles the Jutes the Icelings the suabbling pieces of invaders who became a nation itself later invaded by the Normans Every now and then some Old English is thrown in too and it's so subtly and brilliantly done A worthy seuel absolutely even as it carries the burden of What Could Have Been into an appreciation of What HappenedPerhaps

  9. says:

    An imaginative expansion on the Arthur legend this book tells the story of Guinevere mainly dealing with what happens to her after Arthur dies Parts of the Arthur story are told in flashback as the reader follows along with her inner musings on the past But mostly in follows the former ueen as she becomes enslaved by Saxon's and learns to admire their democratic system of governing When she returns to her own people she is much changed for the better but will her countrymen accept her strange new ideas?returnAn interesting blend of fantasy legend and history It peaked my interest in history but I didn't like the rambling thoughts of the main character sometimes Still this is a great way to experience some English history with a dash of the Arhur legend albiet told in a realistic manner

  10. says:

    A great ending to a great series The story finishes with the ending of Firelord and Gwenevere is the primary character Parke continues to impress with every read and it's so unfair and unfortunate that he isn't with us any because he was something special These books will always stick with me due to the sensational writing and character development Every single character in this book has there good and bad ualities but you fall in love with them in some way I'm sad this series is over for me but I'm going to save the preuel for the future I recommend this book and series to everyone who loves historical fiction and fantasy novels Parke will never ever disappoint