On the night of Guinevere’s birth, there was a prophecy that foretold she would one day be highest lady in the land and wed to a great king. But 13 years have passed, and the prophecy couldn’t be further off. Guinevere is now an orphan and a ward of her aunt and uncle, the king and queen of Gwynedd. Tomboyish and awkward, Gwen is no great beauty, and nobody takes the prophecy seriously–especially not Gwen.
But then one day Gwen meets a strange young man in the woods who claims to be part of an ancient tribe whose mission is to guard and protect her. Then she stumbles across a sinister plot brewing within the castle walls–one she alone might be able to prevent. Guinevere is beginning to realize her destiny is more complex than it seems–and this is only the beginning.
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|Title of eBook: Guinevere's Gift||Series: Chrysalis Queen Quartet, , #1|
|Release Date: 02-12-2008|
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|Publisher: Random House Children's Books|
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King Pellinore’s Daughter
“Move over, Gwen. It’s my turn.” Elaine tugged at her cousin’s sleeve. The two girls lay flat on their stomachs on the cold stone floor of the parapet. Guinevere had one eye pressed against a break in the mortar low in the castle wall.
“The courier’s just coming. He’s entered the room. He’s making his reverence.”
“Move over,” Elaine demanded. “I let you look first. Now it’s my turn. You keep watch.”
Guinevere moved aside. “He looks exhausted. I wonder if he’s come straight from the battlefield.” She wriggled closer. “What’s he saying? Can you hear?”
“Shhh! Not if you talk.”
They had known that the new arrival was a royal courier by the dragon cipher on his belt, although he had ridden in with a party of merchants and wagons. Everyone had seen him, a young man with a military straightness in his carriage and the dust of travel still clinging to his clothes. He had come while the tables were being laid for dinner, and Queen Alyse had postponed the meal in order to receive him alone. She had been waiting weeks for a message. Elaine and Guinevere had taken advantage of the confusion and excitement at the courier’s arrival to sneak up the guardroom stairs and learn firsthand through their peephole whether Elaine’s father, King Pellinore, was still alive.
It was six long weeks since Arthur’s courier had come at snowmelt to summon Pellinore of Gwynedd and all his men to war. Half of Wales had risen with him. All of them were eager to fight for the young High King w...