Title: Gwenhyfar: The White Spirit
Author: Mercedes Lackey
Genre: Arthurian fantasy.
Setting: The Britain of the Round Table.
Reason for Reading: I read almost everything that Lackey writes.
Copyright Date: 2009
Cover: A battered shield with several points missing. A plain, slightly rusty sword.
First line: "The talk at the hearth of the high hall of her father's castle was all of magic that wild evening."
Best part: This Arthurian fantasy has the least mention of Arthur in any I've read and that made it so interesting.
Worst part: Evil lookalike sister? Fer realz?
Imaginary Theme Song: "Take the Road" from Never After
Recommended for: Anyone who likes to read about badass women warriors.
Related Reads: By the Sword by Mercedes Lackey, The Deed of Paksenarrion by Elizabeth Moon, The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD!! THIS QUOTE HAS SPOILERS!!
"She crossed the space between them quickly, while they were still reacting to her presence, and slapped Arthur as hard as she could with the back of her hand. The crack shattered the silence and shocked them all speechless. Which was exactly the way she wanted it.
'If I had a gauntlet, it would be at your feet, husband," she spat. "How dare you, how dare you, take exception to anything I have done, when you just spent the last seven moths fornicating with my sister?'
Arthur's mouth dropped open in sheer shock; his eyes went wide and her handprint reddened on his cheek.
'My sister,' she repeated, viciously, 'Who also happens to be married to Medraut. While Medraut held me captive in his villa, amused himself with me whenever he chose, and you didn't even notice the difference."