Guinevere's Gift by Nancy McKenzie is a story of Arthur's Guinevere as a young teen.
her birth, an old wise woman prophesied that Guinevere would someday be
the highest woman in the land, wed to a mighty king. Guinevere doesn't
believe it -- as the orphaned ward of King Pellinore and Queen Alyse of
Gwynedd, Guinevere has no dowry, no prospects, and no interest in
becoming a great lady. She'd rather be off riding her horse. But many
others do believe in the prophecy, including the part that nobody has
ever told Guinevere: that she will betray the great king, as well.
Guinevere must come to terms with her destiny and decide how much the
prophecy will shape her future. When she uncovers a dangerous plot that
only she can foil, she may be taking her first steps toward her unknown
I thought this was an interesting approach to Arthurian
legend, looking at the young Guinevere before she met Arthur. I found it
a decent story -- not fantastic, but worth the time it took to read it.
I didn't realize that it was the start of a series, going into it, so I
found the ending a little off-putting. It's not a cliffhanger, but it's
obvious that there's more to the story. I'd recommend this only to
readers who can't get enough of Arthurian retellings.
(Reviewed from a copy borrowed through my library system.)