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The best books you never read

I am both a reader and a writer. I find that the best writers are in fact avid readers. I love books of all kinds but I really adore reading new authors who are just getting their feet wet. Some of the very best writers are now found in the indie set. These reviews will be of books I have devoured in my never ending quest for good fiction. Some will be up and comers who have hit the top of the chart, but most will be struggling new writers who deserve a second look.

Gwenhwyfar by Mercedes Lackey

Gwenhwyfar: The White Spirit - Mercedes Lackey

One of the most popular stories of all time is the tale of Arthur and the Knights of the Round table. Over the years I have read many different versions from the classic POV of Arthur or Merlin to the classic Mists of Avalon.


Like MZB before her, Ms Lackey has taken up the story from the woman's POV. In this version she has dropped us into the world as it might really have been at the time. While history has not yet found the real Arthur this novel does quite well.


The name Gwenhwyfar was common at the time. Yes Gwenhwyfar is both the lead and the queen. In this tale there were actually four women with that name who were connected to the High king. The research done for this book makes this tale leap off the page and into our minds. I could easily see and understand the reason the women did as they did.


Maybe it helped that at one time in my life I dressed up in medieval garb and called myself Morgana, learned a lot about the time period and just enjoy history but this was one of the better versions of this classic story that I have read in a long time.