In Winter's Shadow

In Winter's Shadow

by Gillian Bradshaw

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Overview

Praise for Gillian Bradshaw:

"A welcome new light on the horizon of popular Arthurian legend." - Book list

Vows broken. . .
Friendships betrayed. . .
The fate of heroes finally revealed. . .

As powerful enemies attack the throne from inside the kingdom, Arthur, his queen, and his greatest warrior Gwalchmai will be put to the ultimate test. Never faltering in her loyalty to the king, Gwynhwyfar has stood at Arthur's side through rebellion and war. But one desperate decision could cost her all they've built. With the kingdom crumbling around them, following the Queen's heart could be the greatest threat of all. ..

Praise for Bradshaw's Hawk of May series
"Compelling ... splendid ... vibrant ... exhilarating ...a novel that seduces us into accepting sorcery and sanctity in King Arthur's England." - New York Times Book Review

"Will appeal to those who have enjoyed Tolkien's works." - Library Journal

What readers are saying:

"One of the most emotionally compelling novel retellings of this classic story."

"If you like this legend-this is a must read. This collection will never leave my bookshelf!"

"The author has a gift for creating ... beautiful, heart-stirring prose."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781402269639
Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/01/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 432
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Gillian Bradshaw was born in Falls Church, Virginia, and graduated from the University of Michigan, where she won the Hopwood Award for Hawk of May. She is the author of 25 other novels.

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In Winter's Shadow 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Different perspective of Camelot as told by of Gwynhwyfar. It still is the same basic story of the love triangle and the scheming and treacherous plots of Arthur's son and of some of the other rulers who wanted to seize power and become Emperor. Author paints a vivid picture of sixth century Britain's peoples and country sides. The battle scenes put you into the fighting and its' aftermaths. The included map helped the reader visualized the journey that the characters took in order to go to Less Britain. An exceptional read for those who love everything about Camelot and for those who want to enjoy an excellent book that takes one into fantasy and past history. I especially liked how she interrelated the end of Camlann (Camelot) with all the surviving characters.
julesteiny More than 1 year ago
I love all the stories and legends about King Arthuur and this time in Britain's history. Although this novel tries to give a very realistic account it is so slow moving that this did not eve. Draw me in. The characters were either flat or unbelievable. The storyline somewhat confusing and unbelievable. The dynamics of the main characters were so unpleasant but not in a way that caused suspense and interest. I wanted to put it down after just a few chapters but forces myself to read it because i hate not fi using books and figured it had to get better. It didn't! My recommendation is - DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY OR YOUR TIME WITH THIS BOOK!
LisaMaria_C on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I liked this book quite a bit more than the first two volumes of Bradshaw's Arthurian trilogy. I said in the reviews of the other two books that I not only didn't feel those first two books were standouts among Arthurian-themed books I had read, but that I preferred Bradshaw's straight historical fiction. And I do, even though I am a lover of fantasy--even high fantasy. Nevertheless part of the reason I liked this so much more is that this novel does read much more like historical fiction than fantasy. There are no tales of spending time in Faerie. No sorcery. No glowing swords that heal or witch's curses. Just the tale of a woman, Gwynhwyfar, who as a little girl found coins and broken glass of the departed Roman Empire and dreamed with Arthur of forming a storm break that could prevent the flickering candle of law and learning from guttering out. Bradshaw's historical works often dealt with Roman civilization, and I think the way she deals with the theme here resonates more than it does with most Arthurian stories. I also think that this is told by Gwynfwyfar also helps. Gwalchmai (Gawain) of the first book Hawk of May and Rhys of Kingdom of Summer didn't quite grip me the way she did as a character. Doesn't get five stars because I still can't help comparing this to beloved favorites such as Mary Stuart's Merlin Trilogy or T.H. White's The Once and Future King. But definitely a strong finish and a good read those interested in Arthurian legends--or the historical Dark Ages--would enjoy. I think it could even stand alone, although I think reading the first two books--which are enjoyable in their own right--would help.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Inevitable, depressing ending of Arthur's story. Still an excellent retelling of the story
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This novel is written from the perspective of Gwynhyfyr, but that's about all that's potentially "new." Readable, but not memorable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not too thrilled with this book. Too many strange names for characters we should know from Camelot and not much indication about where the story is going.
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