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.