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Kingdom of Summer (1981)

av Gillian Bradshaw

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A farmer's son becomes Gwalchmai's servant and travels through Britain with this knight of the Round Table, son of the treacherous Morgawse, searching for Princess Elidan.

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Volume two of the Gwalchmai trilogy. It moves with a good pace, and I found myself looking ahead for Vol. 3. ( )
  DinadansFriend | Sep 3, 2013 |
I will just be rolling around this for the foreseeable future, leave a message at the beep. This is a grownup version of Gerald Morris' Terence series, and we all know how much I love that series, so obviously I was going to love this times a thousand. (Seriously, it's almost creepy, the parallels.) ( )
  cricketbats | Apr 18, 2013 |
I liked this book as much as the first book in Bradshaw's Arthurian trilogy, but not more. That is, this is still enjoyable, and I like the world and characters, but in the Arthurian sweepstakes, this just isn't in win, place or show. I like Bradshaw enough to mark her among my favorites, but I prefer her straight historical fiction--works such as The Beacon of Alexandria. It just might be she has such stiff competition in this subgenre, one I've read widely in. Bradshaw is a graceful, very readable writer, this was well-paced, and I tore right through it. She's a better writer for instance than Jack Whyte. Except Whyte distinguishes himself in his Arthurian series by eschewing any tinge of fantasy--his Excalibur is special because it's forged from a meteorite for example. Bradshaw's book is historical fantasy. Not anachronistic such as T.H. White--set in post-Roman Dark Ages rather than a Middle Ages that never was, but still very much a magical world where sorcery is real. Bradshaw is about as good a writer as Marion Zimmer Bradley from what I remember , and I prefer these books so far to Mists of Avalon--which I didn't like much for a number of reasons. Yet Bradley's is more memorable not just for her Pagan reinterpretation of the legend but for her emphasis on the female characters. And finally, Bradshaw just isn't as fine a writer as Mary Stewart in her Merlin Trilogy nor T.H. White whose Once and Future King is my gold standard.

Although as I said, this book really only suffers in comparison. I have nothing to really complain or criticize about this book--just that I don't feel it's a standout. The trilogy focuses on the figure known as Gawain in the legends (Gwalchmai here). In this novel he's been with Arthur for nine years. They story is told by his servant, Rhys ap Sion, who meets him when Gwalchmai is on a quest to find a lost love. Rhys shares Gwalchmai's dream to serve "the light" and decides to follow Gwalchmai. And actually, if I do have a complaint about the book it's just how much we hear about the "Light" and the "Dark" and how black and white many of the characters are as a result. ( )
1 rösta LisaMaria_C | Jun 1, 2012 |
Bradshaw's Arthurian saga is set in post-Roman Britain, stripped of the usual high-medieval trappings. Gwalchmai ap Lot (Sir Gawain) narrated the first book, Hawk of May, the story of how he came to King Arthur's court. His servant Rhys continues the story in Kingdom of Summer. King Arthur sends Gwalchmai on an embassy to Maelgwyn of Gwynedd, an uneasy ally. They arrive to find Gwalchmai's mother Morgawse, the witch-queen of the Orcades, clearly plotting something with Maelgwyn. A diplomatic dance ensues and Rhys soon finds himself and his lord in danger. A fast and fascinating read. ( )
  4fish | Sep 20, 2011 |
KINGDOM OF SUMMER by Gillian Bradshaw is an interesting historical fiction/fantasy set in England during Arthurian era.It is the second in the trilogy.It has cruelty,kindness,justice,darkness,witchcraft,sorcery,King Arthur's followers,magic,courage,witches,knights and heros. This the story of Sir Gwalchmai,aka Sir Gawain. Who armed only with his magic sword and his otherworldly horse,he will prove to be a faithful warrior of King Arthur.Sir Gawain and his faithful servant Rhys while trying to find the woman Sir Gawain loved but committed a grave offense to will encounter an evil force,his mother,the witch-queen Morgawse.Sir Gawain will learn secrets from his past that may deny him his peace. This is a new tale to an old story of King Arthur and his noble knights. A wonderful retelling of the King Arthur legend that will appear to a wide variety of readers.This book was received for the purpose of review from the publisher.Details can be found at Sourcebooks,Landmark, a division of Sourcebooks,Inc.and My Book Addiction Reviews. 4 ( )
  tarenn | Jul 7, 2011 |
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