The Dragon Queen

Alice Borchardt

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Series: Tales of Guinevere Series Index: 1.00

From Publishers Weekly

Magic rules in this first volume of a trilogy that focuses on the fabled Guinevere’s adventures before and after she comes to Camelot Borchardt (Night of the Wolf) paints a vivid portrait of the future queen, who is no pale Pre-Raphaelite princess Suckled by a she-wolf, this child of power is protected by a Druid, Dugald, and the Gray Watcher, Maeniel, not to mention a shape-changing wolfman Daughter of a pagan queen, this warrior beauty takes control of her own destiny Bold, courageous, prophetic and possessed of powers that enable her to communicate with dragons and wolves, as well as with a shrunken head, this Guinevere enchants and engages the reader immediately, even as a spindly toddler thrown into a wolves’ den A fine, lyrical storyteller, Borchardt reinvents familiar characters, including a young Arthur and an evil Merlin, who seeks to control the once and future king of Camelot This dark sorcerer may dismay some Merlin lovers, as he would rather see Guinevere dead than as Arthur’s queen It’s an interesting concept in a long line of derivative explorations of a mysterious character who has long enchanted Arthurian fantasy devotees In the prologue, Guinevere writes: “I am myself a creature of the dance, the imitation of the movements embraced by the dialogue between earth and sky,” and readers will be eager for the dance to be continued in the next installment Borchardt further stakes her claim as a writer of breathtaking eloquence, reminding all, once again, that she is more than just Anne Rice’s sister (Oct 2)Forecast: The popularity of Arthurian romance and the author’s high name recognition would alone ensure strong sales, but good word of mouth should give this a long shelf life

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From School Library Journal

Adult/High School-Set in a Britain freshly rid of Roman rule, this tale is loosely based on Arthurian legend Readers meet a noble Arthur, a wise Morgana, a mesmerizing yet nasty Merlin, and a very different sort of Guinevere Raised by wolves and endowed with ivylike skin armor reminiscent of Celtic tattoos, this young woman is no frail maiden in need of a Lancelot Young Guinevere blossoms into womanhood while finding herself at the center of a struggle for the soul of her country On one side is the powerful archdruid Merlin, who has sold out to Romano-British slaveholders On the other side are matriarchs, sorcerers, and sorceresses, all of whom honor the old ways With a sense of destiny and the fire of youth, Arthur and Guinevere navigate worlds mundane and surreal Magical encounters border on the whimsical while retaining an often-frightening edge During these encounters, Guinevere discovers her affinity for dragons and chooses her destiny with Arthur The author has created a world that is civilized yet wild, brutal yet beautiful-a world in which readers can easily become immersed Teens who enjoyed Marion Zimmer Bradley’s The Mists of Avalon (Del Rey, 1987) are sure to appreciate The Dragon Queen It’s a fresh and scintillating take on a well-loved theme

Sheila Shoup, Fairfax County Public Library, VA

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