- Paperback: 464 pages
- Publisher: Broadway Books; New title edition (June 12 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0609808028
- ISBN-13: 978-0609808023
- Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 2.5 x 20.3 cm
- Shipping Weight: 386 g
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #446,399 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Knight of the Sacred Lake Paperback – Jun 12 2001
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Last in a line of proud queens elected to rule the fertile lands of the West, true owner of the legendary Round Table, guardian of the Great Goddess herself . . . a woman whose story has never been told--until now.
As High King and Queen, Arthur and Guenevere reign supreme across the many kingdoms of Great Britain. Still, Guenevere secretly mourns the loss of her beloved Lancelot, who has returned to the Sacred Lake of his boyhood, hoping to restore his faith in chivalry in the place where he learned to be a knight. In a glittering Pentecost ceremony, new knights are sworn to the Round Table, including Arthur's nephews, Agravain and Gawain. After many years of strife, peace is restored to Guenevere's realm.
But betrayal, jealousy, and ancient blood feuds fester unseen. Morgan Le Fay, now the mother of Arthur's only son, Mordred, has become the focus of Merlin's age-old quest to ensure the survival of the house of Pendragon. From the east comes the shattering news that Guenevere may have a rival for Lancelot's love. A bleak shadow falls again across Camelot--and across the sacred isle of Avalon, where Roman priests threaten the life of the Lady herself. At the center of the storm is Guenevere, torn between her love for her husband, her people, and Sir Lancelot of the Lake.
With rare and intuitive magic, Rosalind Miles brings to life a legendary woman's bravery and passion, and all the pageantry, heartbreak, violence, and beauty of an age gone by.
About the Author
Rosalind Miles is a well-known and critically acclaimed English novelist, essayist, and broadcaster. Her novels, including the Guenevere trilogy, have been international bestsellers. Her website address is www.rosalind.net.See all Product description
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Miles continued the saga of the Arthurian legend without missing a beat. She offered just enough information from the first book to remind the reader of the situations at hand without boring me by recapping too much or insulting my memory of the first book. I was swept away with this book - especially the heart-wrenching love between Guenevere and Lancelot. It takes the story of their relationship to a new level by showing the true devotion of the lovers through years together. It also introduces Mordred in greater detail and details the systematic brainwashing of the monks over Arthur. Guenevere struggles with her desire to love her husband and fulfill her position as Queen; while Arthur grows more and more distant breaking his vows to his wife and her faith...who, afterall, made him High King. Ever faithful and loving is Lancelot. I hung on every word and it left me hungry for book #3.
In it, Guenevere seems to have grown up a bit- she's more mature, there are less love scenes (always a plus), a revealing tell-all with Morgause (half-sister of Arthur, sister of Morgan), and very, very entertaining parts- most of the book, in fact!
One part that makes the heart split in two is the fact that Guenevere is morning Lancelot's departure so greatly- Arthur still keeps things from her, and you truly can empathize with a lost woman who seeks her religion (the pagan one of the Mother) as her only solace and comfort.
Of course, what would a Guenevere book be without Merlin, so he shows up in odd chapters to let us know that he is still around.
The sons of Morgause and Lot come alive in this book; you also hear more from the "underdog" characters, such as Morgause (already mentioned), Lamorak, the knight Bedivere, the maid Ina, and, of course, more and more of Morgan le Faye. And........Mordred.
So, fasten your seatbelts for a fascinating journey into the Guenevere series- I would advise reading the first one quickly, then turning to this one- a book so good it completely makes up for the first's blunders. :)
In fairness though, I really liked the way author Rosalind Miles handled the story so that I anticipated what was going to happen next, even though King Arthur's tale is already widely known. As the reader, you find yourself excited at the unfolding of little events, like how Guenevere gets out of her trial, etc. It's not the "if" really, because those familiar with this same story as told in other books already know the answer to that. Reading Miles' take on the legend makes us want to know the details of her version of the story.
If you were enthralled by the first book in this series, read this second one. I myself am almost halfway through the third!
I found The Knight of the Sacred Lake more enjoyable than Guenevere: Queen of the Summer Country. Guenevere herself seems stronger and wiser. The story holds more suspense and emotion and left me wanting to find out what happens next in The Child of the Holy Grail. I recommend this to anyone who liked Queen of the Summer Country and even to those who did not; the story becomes much more interesting!
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