Gwen wanted to believe that her real first name – Guinevere – was nothing more than the byproduct of her father’s obsession with the legends of Merlin, an obsession that had cost him his job and ultimately ruined both their lives.
Yet, when she encounters a monster in a dark alley bent on killing her and meets Lance, her movie-star gorgeous rescuer who explains the truth about them and who he is – Lancelot, from King Arthur’s court – there’s no way she can believe that he’s just some insane man who claims to still be answering King Arthur’s battle cry after fifteen hundred years, especially when she meets the other knights and discovers she is being targeted by beasts sent to hunt them long ago by the evil witch, Morgan Le Fey.
Gwen is pulled into a battle for her life. But as the pieces in a complex plan put together by Merlin himself fall in place and Gwen with the knights pursues the source of Morgan’s evil, she is soon afraid for much more than her life, for Lance wins her affection, and soon her heart. Is it a true love? Will Lancelot still fight for Guinevere? Will he pick up his sword as he did for hundreds of years, or will he realize that despite his vow, he didn’t really love Gwen but a medieval queen that had been dead for over a thousand years?
Oh my gosh this book was so good! I loved how Ms. Sue took a legend that most people know at least a tiny bit about and made it her own while still keeping to the original as much as possible. Gwen and Lance are so wonderful together. Their struggles to overcome the obstacles to their relationship were so powerful to read. The emotions came through so clearly I could feel them with the characters. They had so many ups and downs there were a few times I was concerned they weren’t going to make it.
I loved all the Knights we’ve met so far. I’m fascinated by the lore that’s a part of this story. I desperately hope the next in the series will be coming soon. I plan on picking it up right away. I want to know what happens with the characters and how they handle the upcoming battles.
Molly: Hi, Thank you so much for meeting me and agreeing to chat
Lance: (Bows and talks Molly’s hand and kisses the back) It’s very kind of you to spare the time.
Molly: (stares at her hand) Do you do that sort of thing a lot?
Lance: (chuckles) Old habits die hard.
Molly: Which actually nicely leads me to my first question. You’ve lived for over fifteen hundred years. What period of time did you like the most?
Lance: (sighs heavily) That’s a hard question. My immediate and obviously most fervent response would be to say now. (He pauses) Although it was far easier to talk to the ladies in my own time.
Molly: It was? I would have thought women were more easily approachable now?
Lance: No, definitely not. I would have just negotiated with a lady’s father or liege lord and asked her hand in marriage. A certain guarantee of a favorable answer as I had no need for him to provide a dowry. I can’t exactly walk up to a lady’s father now and drop a wad of cash at their feet.
Molly: Oh, I don’t know…I imagine there’s a few lottery winners that would disagree, and possibly some international dating websites…
Lance: So, perhaps times are not so different after all?
Molly: You must be relieved to have put all that behind you know though. Now you have met Guinevere.
Lance: (looks alarmed) You’re not actually taping this are you? Because please don’t call her Guinevere. Gwen’s a little sensitive about her first name.
Molly: I don’t think anyone would blame her really, well, not after reading the book. One of the things that struck me was how sad your life seemed to be before the two of you finally met. A thousand years is a long time to wait for the other half of one’s soul! How did you keep going? What made you fight with no immediate end in sight? Day after day.
Lance: Well, when you put it like that…(smiles) No. Short answer? Blind optimism I suppose. The conviction that we were saving lives. We actually stepped away for a short time to see if the witch’s creatures only followed us. To see if we were perpetuating the problem instead of solving it.
Molly: And what happened?
Lance: Well, the Great Fire of London for one thing.
(Molly gasps) You are kidding me?
Lance: No. (grins) But you’ll have to read the book to find out how that panned out. I suppose no man or woman should ever stop looking for love but to really answer your question I would refer you to one of my favorite quotes from the recent television show surrounding the Arthurian legends.
The love that binds us is more powerful than any weapon ever wielded.
It’s a good thought anyway.
Victoria Sue has loved books for as long as she can remember. Books were always what pocket money went on and what usually Father Christmas brought. When she ran out of her kids’ adventure stories, she would go raid her mom’s. By the age of eight she was devouring classics like Little Women, and fell in love with love stories.
She especially loves writing gay romance because as far as she’s concerned the only thing better than one hot guy, is two of them.