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The Dragon Queen by Alice Borchardt

The Dragon Queen (edition 2003)

by Alice Borchardt

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Arthur turned and strode toward us. He was magnificent, and I will never forget that, in that moment, I first loved him. And I believe--had I known what the future held for us: all the trouble, torment, battle, and grief of our lives--I still believe that I would have yielded my heart into his keeping as I did then . . . In a sweeping epic of the imagination, Alice Borchardt enters the wondrous realm of Arthurian legend and makes it her own.The Dragon Queenis the first volume in a trilogy of novels that boldly re-imagines Camelot--and casts Guinevere as a shrewd, strong-willed, magical warrior queen. Born into a world of terrible strife, where war is constant and weapons are never far from the hands of men or women, Guinevere, daughter of a mighty pagan queen, is a threat to her people and a prize to the dreaded sorcerer Merlin. Sent into hiding, she grows up under the protection of a shapeshifting man-wolf and an ornery Druid. But even on the remote coast of Scotland, where dragons feed and watch over her, she is not safe from the all-seeing High Druid Merlin. He knows the young beauty's destiny, and he will stop at nothing to prevent what has been foretold. For if Guinevere becomes Queen and Arthur, King, they will bring a peace to the land that will leave the power-hungry Merlin a shriveled magician in a weary cloak. Yet Guinevere possesses power of her own--dazzling power to rival even that of Merlin. Summoned from her home by forces she cannot fathom, she travels from the Underworld to an Otherworld of the Past, at each step calling on ancient powers to aid her way. When young Guinevere proves her mettle to an embarrassed Merlin, even her faithful dragon protectors cannot prevent the evil that the sorcerer rains down. Seeking revenge, Merlin banishes Arthur to a world from which the only escape is death. Now Guinevere must face Merlin's wrath without him--and prove that she is worthy of being Arthur's Queen. From the glass-roofed Great Hall at Tintigal to the lush garden forts of Wales, Alice Borchardt details the travels of Guinevere in a rich fabric of prose.The Dragon Queenis a novel of great emotional depth, timeless romance, and soul-stirring adventure.… (more)
Title:The Dragon Queen
Authors:Alice Borchardt
Info:Del Rey (2003), Mass Market Paperback, 512 pages
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Good premise, terribly boring and long winded writing style. I really enjoyed her other books, just not this series which is a shame because it looked really good. ( )
  jadedlioness | Dec 29, 2015 |
I was not as engaged as I was by her wolf books. But I still found it a nice twist on Arthurian legend. If nothing else, it was different. ( )
  BridgetMarie | Sep 11, 2009 |
This is my first book by this author and it has the subtitle 'The Tales of Guinevere'. The author takes us from soon after Guinevere's birth up to her becoming a woman (biologically). Most of the book is being told by the young Guinevere although we do see some events from other points of view. In the last section her chapters alternate with those involving Arthur. There is magic, the old gods, dragons, and shape-shifting as well as Merlin as a villian. I'm not entirely sure what to make of this novel but I definitely want to read more by Borchardt.
  hailelib | Jul 7, 2009 |
I absolutely loved Alice Borchardt's wolf books and I still reread The Silver Wolf. But this book was so horrible that I skipped parts just so I could finish it. Very disappointing. ( )
  Carnyval | Feb 5, 2009 |
Even my extreme love of the Arthurian could not keep me engaged with this book. Too much is going on.
  heina | Feb 28, 2008 |
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