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The Warrior Queen (Vol. I)
Medieval Bex: http://medievalbex.wordpress.com/2014/04/22/warriorqueenreview/
“ I felt that this development constitutes a really interesting new dimension, not only to the character of Guinevere, but to our understanding and perception of the other characters and adaptations of the Arthurian corpus that have come before, and I look forward to seeing where the author takes this in the next book.”
‘With a mix of romance and legend along with rich descriptions, I was sucked in by the end of the first chapter. I went through so many emotions as I read: frustration, physical and emotional pain, anger, elation, and even sexual desire….’
Read the full review here: http://serendipity-reviews.com (Published March 30th 2014)
‘An interesting and enthralling re-telling of Arthur’s legend. The story is written from Queen Guinevere’s point of view and gives old characters a new life. It is a beautifully written novel which any fan of King Arthur and his court will love. The story is told in a light and fun way which keeps the readers interested from start till end.’
Read the full review here: http://intellectualvixens.wordpress.com/2014/03/25/785/ (Published March 25th 2014)
‘It is a beautifully written novel which any fan of King Arthur and his court will love. I found the story so much more enjoyable than the original as it is told from a whole new and unique perspective…
I would definitely recommend this if you are looking for an old story made even better, or even if you are just looking for a quick fascinating read. This is the first in a 3 part series and I cannot wait to read the next two.’
Read the full review here: http://bookreviewsbyem.blogspot.co.uk/2014/05/the-warrior-queen-by-lavinia-collins.html
4* “Collins skillfully intertwines legends and magic with historical realism. The world she creates is, obviously, fictional, and yet it feels very real and vivid. It’s full of witches, intrigues, plots, knights, conquerors, love, and quite a bit of sex too! It’s just got everything that a great story should have.
The characters are well-rounded and easy to relate too. Especially Guinevere. Here, she’s not the passive woman portrayed in most versions of the Arthurian legends. On the contrary, she’s strong, brave, passionate, and torn between duty to her husband and his kingdom and her love for Lancelot. It’s a wonderful portrayal that really humanizes her and vividly brings her to life.
The book is beautifully written and very entertaining. It’s truly a pleasure to read. I devoured it in just a couple of days cos I wasn’t able to put it down. Now I can’t wait to read the next two installments!”
Read the full review here: http://www.historyandotherthoughts.blogspot.it/2014/04/book-reviews-warrior-queen-whistler-201.html
4* Once Upon a Book Blog
“I loved that there was a decent dollop of magic type plot. Not too much that it seemed ridiculous, just enough to make it a bit dark and mystical. Another love was the chemistry, the Guinevere/Arthur/Lancelot love triangle. Serious chemistry! There were some scenes with so much of it you could almost feel it coming through the pages… When you read this you are not going be short on action (bedroom variety!) and I had no idea I’d end up feeling torn between these two men, but I did. It’s not always a sure thing to be able to write the characters with the right amount of heat and tension between them but the author has definitely hit the mark here. Her writing of these relationships makes sure that this storyline is much more deeply layered than just a simple romance.
Finally I’ve kept my favourite point for last. The world building. I could picture EVERYTHING in my head. I felt like I was there in Camelot with them. Sitting at the banquets, riding into war, the clothing, the weapons, the liaisons, the politics. The attention to detail was mind blowing. I love love love books that transport you to their world, and I was most definitely transported to Camelot. I was blown away with the descriptive writing, and it’s this descriptive writing that really has me wanting to read the next two installments, I can’t wait to follow this story to the end.”
Read the full review here: http://www.onceuponabookblog.com/blog/2014/6/23/the-warrior-queen-the-guinevere-trilogy-by-lavinia-collins
4* TNT Reviews
“The book starts off as the typical, legendary, medieval tale one would expect, but it quickly becomes clear that mentioned genre doesn’t apply here. Guinevere meets Arthur for the first time when she walks down the isle. He is not the brute savage that she expected of a man with such a long list of slain enemies. Despite a vow to herself, she falls in love with him and so does the reader. That’s why the sudden appearance of Lancelot engrossed me to both love and hate the attraction that, despite their obvious attempts at denial, becomes stronger with each passing day. Guinevere doesn’t stop loving Arthur throughout the book. Her inner conflict was heart wrenching to witness.
I thoroughly enjoyed The Warrior Queen and I highly recommend it and can’t wait for the next book in this trilogy. ”
Read the full review here: http://tntreviews.weebly.com/reviews/the-warrior-queen-the-guinevere-trilogy-by-lavinia-collins
4* “[T]he telling of the story is great and the story itself, a much different version, compelling enough for me to want to read on in the future.”
Read the full review here: http://drakosden.net/2014/08/16/the-warrior-queen-the-guinevere-trilogy-by-lavinia-collins/
4* Collins creates a Guinevere who is much more than the beautiful legendary woman who captured the attention of two powerful men. She gives us a Guinevere full of depth and intrigue. Guinevere isn’t just a gentile [sic] prize, victim of manipulation or a vindictive adulteress. She’s a woman of strength, character, desires, willfulness, and intelligence. She’s a heroine and powerful force in Arthurian Britain. She’s a warrior garbed in leather armed with a bow and arrow and she’s a Queen donning silk gowns and jewels.
I enjoyed this book a great deal and stayed up into the wee hours devouring it page by page. It was an enchanting story that delved into the complexity of love, loyalty, magic, religion, and the emotional effects of war. Guinevere’s heartbreak and confusion is moving. I myself wasn’t sure which man was the one true love for her, Arthur or Lancelot. The passions with both were heartfelt and sensual. The connections were true and meaningful. I felt her frustration and anger as she navigated her way through a world where her personal choices were stunted by her gender, position and circumstances. I admired her strength in standing up for herself and I respected her honestly in recognizing her own faults.
Collins background in Medieval History is evident as she precisely takes care in writing scenes that are true to Arthurian history while establishing a new perspective to the lore. She perfectly balances romance, history and legend into a female empowered storyline. I’m looking forward to reading the next books in the series and I am excited to see what happens next with Guinevere.”
Read the full review here: http://www.crystalsmanyreviewers.com/2014/09/the-warrior-queen-by-lavinia-collins.html?zx=bc7a06d64ff789f3
A Champion’s Duty (Vol. II)
5* “If you want scandal, lust, and feeling the pain of love, this is your book. I think anyone who enjoys a good romance, legend, or medieval story will enjoy this novel.
A Champion’s Duty focuses on the relationship of Lancelot and Guinevere. In book 1, Guinevere was forced to marry the “boy” King Arthur. Toward the end of the book, you could see a relationship forming between Guinevere and Lancelot. Again, this book puts the reader through an emotional roller coaster. Most of us have felt the humiliation of someone spreading rumors about us, some of us have loved when we know it’s wrong, and many know the feelings of betrayal.
Mix all the emotions with sword fights, knights, and a quest for the Holy Grail, and you’ve got the greatness of A Champion’s Duty. I can see how it may be appreciated even if you haven’t read the first book, but I suggest you read that one too or you’re missing out. Collins has a gift and I eagerly await book 3 and anything else she creates in the future!”
Read the full review here: http://serendipity-reviews.com/page/2/
5* ‘I don’t know what I can say about this book except declare my undying love for it! I had high expectations when starting this book and I wasn’t disappointed! It can be read as a stand alone novel as part of the trilogy and if I were you I would read the first before reading this because you will learn to love the characters and the story and by the time you are finished you will be dying to read this book.’
Read the full review here: http://bookreviewsbyem.blogspot.co.uk/2014/06/a-champions-duty-by-lavinia-collins.html
5* “I stayed up to the wee hours of the morning tearing through the pages. It got to the point that I became so captivated with the story I had to force myself to stop reading so I could eat. Lavinia Collins is a gifted writer whose genre of female centered storytelling perfectly balances the line between myth, fantasy and history.
Guinevere is a fascinating character with strength and determination… The action sequences were entertaining, the intimate moments steamy and the intrigue had me gasping. I’m already starting on the third book. I can’t wait to read what happens next!”
Read the full review here: http://www.crystalsmanyreviewers.com/2014/11/a-champions-duty-by-lavinia-collins.html?zx=2f5d931b1b32b115
4* ‘Once again, I was really impressed by Guinevere. She may not ride into battle in this book, but she moves through life at court, with all its perils and dangers, in a clever way. She sometimes lets passion cloud her judgement a bit, but that just makes her more human and relatable. Guinevere is also the narrator of the story, which affords the reader an unique opportunity to see the quest for the Holy Grail through a woman’s perspective.
Camelot, and the life of its inhabitants, come to life in this book. It feels like a real place, and a very captivating one too. Collins really writes beautifully. The story flows so easily, and the plot is so engrossing, that you’ll devour A Champion’s Duty in no time. Now, I can’t wait for the third, and last, part!’
Read the full review here: http://historyandotherthoughts.blogspot.it/2014/05/book-reviews-champions-duty-p-is-for.html#.U3JOG15qnBw
4* ‘Guinevere is still an excellent narrator which gives this legend a fresh and intriguing feel’
Read the full review here: http://intellectualvixens.wordpress.com/?s=Collins&submit=Search
4* “She successfully threads a way between a straight historicised version on the one hand, and magical mysticism on the other”
Read the full review here: http://richardabbott.authorsxpress.com/2014/07/31/review-a-champions-duty-by-lavinia-collins/
The Day of Destiny (Vol. III)
5* “I absolutely adored the first two book’s in the Guinevere series so I was so excited when Lavinia kindly provided me with a copy of the final installment of the series!
I don’t know what I can say about this series that I haven’t already said but each book just gets better and better! I love this brand new take on a classic story and the strong female lead character is a refreshing new twist. I have fallen in love with Guinevere and how she deals with everything that happens in what is truly a man’s world, she has a strong personality which makes her just as powerful as the men in the story. I love her take on everything and how she deals with war and the physical and psychological pain that comes with it. We also get to see how she can love two people at the same time, I really loved the way Lavinia dealt with this in her writing and showed the emotion that comes with it.
I enjoyed this series much more than the original Arthur legends. The way Lavinia writes gives the story such depth and you feel all of the pain that the characters suffer and feel as if you are in the story with them. It is made so much more realistic than the original story and I think that is what gets you so hooked on it. I have never read a book that breathes the amount of real life into history the way that this does.
I cannot wait to see what Lavinia brings to us next, I know I will be the first in the hypothetical queue to read it! You don’t have to be a history lover or even have ever heard of the Arthur legends to read this book, I would recommend this to anybody that wants to read something a little different, an old story with a strong female character! I would give this book and the whole series all of the stars in the world if I could!”
Read the full review here: http://bookreviewsbyem.blogspot.co.uk/2014/06/the-day-of-destiny-by-lavinia-collins.html
5* “I loved this series, each book was better then the previous. And the climax was epic. I already mentioned how much I loved queen Guinevere as a narrator. It is the best version of this legend I’ve come across. The emotions are almost tangible and the way Lavinia has developed all the important characters is remarkable. There is a lot tension and passion which gives this story more depth.
… One of the best aspects of these books is the way author has managed to explain all the emotional entanglements involving Guinevere, Arthur, Lancelot and Kay as well.
I will recommend it to anyone looking for some quality reads. Lastly, I think these books are brilliant and I want to thank the author for giving me a chance to read such exceptional work. I hope to read more of Lavinia’s work in future.”
Read the full review here: http://intellectualvixens.wordpress.com/2014/06/27/the-day-of-destiny-by-lavinia-collins/
5* “I had mixed feelings when it came to reading Day of Destiny. My mixed feelings had everything to do with the fact that I didn’t want this story to end. … The ending to this wonderful story had my heartbreaking for the main characters … Collins writing is riveting and classically beautiful. The ending had moments of deep sorrow that left me in tears and moments of romance that had my heart pounding. The scene with Kay, Lancelot, and Guinevere was well, I don’t want to give spoilers, but I will forever have that scene tucked away in a happy place in my mind. It was a perfect ending to a wonderful story of fantasy, legends and romance.’
Read the full review here: http://www.crystalsmanyreviewers.com/2014/11/the-day-of-destiny-by-lavinia-collins.html
4* “Collins perfectly portrayed Guinevere’s inner feelings and turmoils, her loves for both Lancelot and Arthur, and the sense of danger, foreboding, and fear she must have experienced as she watched her world crumble down. The other characters are all very well-developed too. They all, with their dreams, emotions, and ambitions, come alive, making the Arthurian legends seem real. The ending is very poignant and pulls at your heartstrings. I won’t spoil it for you, but I will tell that I had a lump in my throat and almost shed a tear or two. That rarely happens to me, which just goes to show what a brilliant writer Collins is.”
Read the full review here: http://historyandotherthoughts.blogspot.it/2014/07/book-reviews-day-of-destiny-justified.html#.U7wufV5qnBw
Whole Trilogy Review
“Guinevere is a whole, complicated, pretty messed up person…” “I also enjoyed having a main female character who is neither passive nor perfect, and I loved that the author was sufficiently aware of Guinevere’s flaws to have Sir Kay point them out frequently (I adored Sir Kay).”
Read the full review here: http://geekgirlinlove.com/2014/09/22/book-review-the-guinevere-trilogy-by-lavinia-collins/