“Gwenhwyfar, daughter of Ogyrfan Gawr, Bad when little, worse when great...” Britannia, 481 AD. Artorius has reigned as High King for two years. After his shattering victory at Mount Badon, an uneasy peace reigns over the land. The squabbling British kingdoms cling on in the west, while to the east the Saxons under Cerdic lick their wounds, waiting for a new generation of“Gwenhwyfar, daughter of Ogyrfan Gawr, Bad when little, worse when great...” Britannia, 481 AD. Artorius has reigned as High King for two years. After his shattering victory at Mount Badon, an uneasy peace reigns over the land. The squabbling British kingdoms cling on in the west, while to the east the Saxons under Cerdic lick their wounds, waiting for a new generation of warriors to grow to manhood. Artorius is still unmarried, and faces increasing pressure from his nobles to take a wife. When civil war threatens, he finds a bride in the person of Gwenhwyfar, eldest daughter of the King of Powys. In return for his promise of protection, Gwenhwyfar agrees to marry the High King and live with him in the new British capital at Caerleon. Wolves circle the royal couple. Britannia is threatened by Scotti pirates ravaging his coasts, plundering at will and carrying off treasure and slaves. Artorius raised an army and sails to Hibernia, where he plans to defeat the Scotti tribes and capture the fabled Cauldron of Annwn. With the aid of Bedwyr, Gwenhwyfar is left to rule in his stead, and must survive assassination attempts and savage barbarian invasions... Book Three of the Leader of Battles series chronicles the rise of Gwenhwyfar, better-known as Guinevere, Queen of Camelot. Drawing on Welsh folklore, the glory and tragedy of Britannia are seen through the eyes of a woman who struggles to control her own fate, even as darkness begins to fall over her husband’s kingdom. ...
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The 3rd installment of the Leader of Battles series is as good as its predecessors. The previous volumes have focused on male figures testing themselves in the treacherous world of post-Roman Britain and while Arthur himself continues to play a vital role in the saga this one shifts a great deal of the focus to the feminine characters, especially the new High Queen Gwyhwyfar. This welcome exploration of a new perspective in no way impairs the advancement of the overarching story arc, but rather enhances it. This book is rich in period detail but never bogs down in it. Battles play out excitingly and believably and often enough to satisfy any adventure-lover. There are plenty of political power-plays to keep readers engaged in the treacherous struggle for unity annd power. The Arthurian saga is given a fresh and satisfying new take in this series and I'm looking forward to the next volume!
This novel is another good and exciting read by David Pilling. It has an original plot and very original main characters - this Gwenhwyfar is not at all like the traditional Gwenhwyfar/Guinevere as we know her on the silver screen. The minor characters are also interesting and not the usual ones. The story never gets dull for a moment - there are exciting battles, intrigues, betrayals and also a few surprises. It is well told and kept me riveted throughout.
Liked the book. Characters developed well, though I was expecting more of Gwenhyfar than was delivered during the book. Events in the book give rise to strong emotions, which speaks for the writer's style. I'm happy with the read, though a bit disappointed in the character of Gwenhyfar herself! Would recommend.
Great storiesI am enjoying reading a story of Arthur that is so different from others I have read. Basing these books on Welsh stories and legends, rather than , British and French sources, is fascinating. I have and will continue to recommend these great tales to my friends and anyone interested in historical fiction.
Well-written StoryThe author has done a good job connecting the known facts of this period with the fictional creation of characters and action. The series has developed into a good story.