Guinevere is a young teen, just starting to become independent. Being raised by wolves, a druid, and a shapeshifter since she was a baby, she knows very well how to live off the land. Her destiny to become a queen is dangerous to her because of the power of Merlin, who wants to take control of her. She meets Arthur as she is imprisoned by Merlin and instantly she falls for him and becomes betrothed to him. Even though she escapes from Merlin, she vows to keep her betrothal to Arthur and marry him sometime in the future. Until then, she is summoned to protect the Dragons, a species of creatures who are no longer respected by humans, but killed by them. She befriends the dragons and swears to return to them the kindness they have given to her. She decides to take on the throne, to become THE DRAGON QUEEN.
This report prepared by Summer
Del Rey, Oct 2001, 25.00, 480 pp.
Descended from the sorcerer queen Bodiccia and born to a powerful pagan practicing mage, She becomes a pawn to fate. Raised by a druid, shapeshifter, and his family, everyone knew she was destined to become queen. Merlin and Igraine (Arthur's mother) sought to control her, but her family hid her so she would have time to grow and mature.
At their first meeting, Guinivere knows Arthur is her true love, but she is not ready to be his queen. She escapes Marlin's machinations and performs a service for the Goddess Athena. Arthur struggles with the pressures placed on him by his mother and Merlin her lover, but knows he must prove worthy in order for Guinivere to agree to become his queen.
THE DRAGON QUEEN is rich in historical text, but loaded with fantasy species and actions. The deep story line includes some whimsy to soften the epic tale that clearly is on a par with Tarr and Radford. The only drawback is that fans will have to wait for the adventures of Guinivere and Arthur separately and together to continue in the next installment of this three book saga.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner