Sunday, January 18, 2009

Rating : 3.0/5
Number of Pages : 455
Series : #3 Camelot
Format : Fantasy Novel
Reason for Reading : Arthurian Challenge, to continue with the series

Lynet of Cambryn aided Sir Tristan and Queen Iseul'ts affair cuckolding King Mark at Tintagel. She was sent back to her family in disgrace with her honour tarnished as many believed she was also giving the Knight favours. Her father holds the Castle at Cambryn for Queen Guinevere and Lynet was sent on pennance to walk to a sacred well which ruined her feet. Her brother Colan kills their father in cold blood as he does not trust Arthur and Guinevere while King Mark is going mad and he flees his sisters to Morgaine the Sleepless. Eldest sister Laurel stays behind when Lynet goes forth to Camelot to get help from the Queen.

Before leaving Laurel gives Lynet a magic silver mirror that was their mothers. She was a daughter of the sea (one of the morverch) who fell in love with a mortal man and her children have certain abilities. As always there is a price to pay for using such a gift which lets Lynet see beyond the shadows.

Whilst in Camelot Lynet meets Squire Gareth who is a ladies man and rake in service to Sir Lancelot. Something in her attracts his attention in a way different to other women. She is able to give him asecond chance to redeem herself after he is humiliated in front of the whole court for his actions with the ladies. They must move quickly though as Morgaine has many schemes in motion to bring down her hated brother Arthur and his Queen Guinevere who is from the same land as her.

A great mixture of myth, fantasy and romance. This is so far my favourite of the series. I loved Lynet, Laurel and Gareth. I am really interested to see how things work out in the final novel. Of course I know how the story ends for the King and Queen, but not as much has been told of the four brothers.


Ladytink_534 said...

I wish I knew more about the Arthurian legends but I haven't read any books about them since I was a kid :(

Ana S. said...

I'm glad you're enjoying the series. This is a good reminder that I really should do something about finishing this challenge.

Kailana said...

I have this trilogy on my TBR pile and I still haven't read it! One of these days. I really should've joined the Arthurian challenge... Oh, well! Hope your 2009 is going better than it was! Happy Reading!

Maggs said...

Thanks for the review Katie. I've only read the first one. I will have to read the others too.