Arthur Pendragon strives to unite a fragmented empire as his bastard son threatens to tear down the king, his queen, and their bravest champions From the sudden death of innocence to a perilous campaign that strikes at the very heart of the empire, this third and final book of the acclaimed trilogy by Gillian Bradshaw offers the reader a front row seat as Arthur s dream aArthur Pendragon strives to unite a fragmented empire as his bastard son threatens to tear down the king, his queen, and their bravest champions From the sudden death of innocence to a perilous campaign that strikes at the very heart of the empire, this third and final book of the acclaimed trilogy by Gillian Bradshaw offers the reader a front row seat as Arthur s dream and his kingdom collapse around him.
In Winter s Shadow Arthur Pendragon strives to unite a fragmented empire as his bastard son threatens to tear down the king his queen and their bravest champions From the sudden death of innocence to a perilous campai
There are very few Arthurian retellings that truly make me feel sorry for Guinevere Gwenhwyfar I m not entirely sure that this is one of them, but it made me cry, so perhaps it must be It s a painful read, this last book of the trilogy Gillian Bradshaw spares the reader no pain these aren t legendary characters, but for the space of reading, real people, and I grieved for their hurts and mistakes and the way they got swept away in circumstances I m not sure I liked Gwenhwyfar and Bedwyr, by half [...]
Oh dear s all over All 3 books consumed and done It was a pretty wild ride And to think she wrote this trilogy by 26 at best Absolutely a great new take on the Arthurian legends and absolutely one of the best executed versions as well A fabulous writer I tend to have prejudice against Gwenhwyfar, myself, and this third book is from her viewpoint I have read it and feel perhaps less annoyed by the general character than I did.Highly recommended to Arthur fans
Rating 4 of fiveThe Book Report The last days of Camelot as narrated by Guinevere Arthur lost in battle, Gawain and Mordred at daggers drawn over the death of Gawain s beloved son, death comes for all in the epic Battle of CamelotGuinevere dies to the world by becoming a nun, and later the abbess of her nunnery In this book, Guinevere s rupture with Arthur comes because she dishonorably attempts to rid the kingdom of horrible Mordred, not because she dallies with Lancelot Frankly, I like this ve [...]
I requested this book in the giveaway for a friend She wanted it and wouldn t you know it, I won it This is the 2nd time I ve won a book for someone else how s that for luckhehe She finally read it and loved it I asked her for her rating and she said 7 stars huh , I finally figured out she was talking about a 10 star rating scale ok, so she doesn t rate books often I then asked her out of 5 stars, so she said 4 I m not going to question her math skills and I ll go with the 4.
First published in 1982 and now reissued by Sourcebooks Landmark, Gillian Bradshaw s In Winter s Shadow is the concluding volume of the Down the Long Wind trilogy An Arthurian tale, this series focuses greatly on those surrounding the legendary High King and Emperor In Book 1, Hawk of May, the story s emphasis is on Arthur s emissary Gwalchmai and his ascendancy from childhood to royal servitude and respected combatant Book 2, Kingdom of Summer still has Gwalchmai as the main character, but it s [...]
AudioBook ReviewStars Overall 4 Narration 5 Story 4 Carrying the story forward, the story is now told by Gwenhwyfar or Guinevere as commonly known Bradshaw has managed to bring us to the end of days for Camelot, with the final battles, the death of Mordred, Gwalchmai s death and her own roles and guilt for her part Again managing to re invent the story of King Arthur using Bretonized forms of the names and presenting unique perspectives on the events, with points of view that were left untold o [...]
The thing about Arthurian legend books it that for them to be written well they are often bitterly and heartrendingly tragic This one was no exception A powerful story told through the eyes of the heart of the storm itself, it will pull at your heart I m not sure why I continue to read the Arthurian legend books, knowing already how they ll end, but In Winter s Shadow is an excellent conclusion to Ms Bradshaw s series The characters were well fleshed out with only rare instances of feeling a bit [...]
The darkest, most realist, and best in my opinion of Bradshaw s Down the Long Wind trilogy Unlike the earlier two novels, magic hardly makes an appearance here, and the focus is not on Gwalchmai the Gawain character but on the classic Arthurian love triangle, and the downfall of Arthur s kingdom Gwynhwyfar Guinevere is narrator and protagonist, and the most well developed character Being a history wonk, one of the things I appreciate about Bradshaw s novels is that she is meticulous in her timel [...]
Not as good as the first two books in the trilogy Told from Gwinevere s point of view I suppose it isn t Gillian Bradshaw s fault that Gwinevere and Bedivere are selfish and weak Halfway through this book I was starting to admire my daughter s resolve in refusing to read any further King Arthur tales There doesn t seem to be any good reason to do so I know they are going to end badly.
If you know Arthurian lore, then you don t need to worry about spoilers in this review because Gillian Bradshaw s In Winter s Shadow is the definition of by the book This final installment in her Arthurian trilogy feels like it belongs to an entirely different series than its predecessors Hawk of May told the origin story of Gwalchmai ap Lot, better known as Sir Gawain Kingdom of Summer gave us a similar coming of age treatment of Gwalchmai s servant, Rhys ap Sion But although the action in King [...]
This is the third and final volume in the Arthurian retelling by Gillian Bradshaw, which has a post Roman Britain setting Unlike the earlier books, this switches focus away from Gwalchmai Gawain and is told in the first person point of view of Arthur s wife, Gwynhwyfar Guinevere Also, unlike the others especially the first, this story includes no overt magic the only lingering traces are the acknowledgement near the end of the presence of Gwalchmai s magical horse of the Sidhe and his unearthly [...]
I was really hoping that this book would continue the winning streak from Kingdom of Summer but alas it s borrowed the problems of Hawk of May and mixed them with the few problems that developed after and then threw in a whole new set Making Guinevere the protagonist was a huge mistake Think about it what is her role in the Arthurian mythos Does she really do anything Is she ever at the center of events The main enemy is and always has been Mordred Guinevere s just a distraction Her peripheral r [...]
When I started the Down the Long Wind trilogy, I would have placed it as one of those series that proves rewarding after one has gotten through the other modern Arthurian classics such as those by Mary Stewart and Rosemary Sutcliffe to mention only two But, having complete the last book in the series, I place Bradshaw right up there on the first tier In Winter s Shadow is an Arthurian novel that stands out among the very best I have read At first, I was put off by the choice of yet another point [...]
In Winter s Shadow reveals the last part on the Down with the Long Wind trilogy Gwynhwfar has been Arthur s wife for long, managing the whole of the day to day tasks and activities in Camlann but she also sees the coming threats that are beyond such activities After allowing Medraut to enter Camlann, he gains influence in the Family and becomes a large power even without revealing his secrets As Arthur s becomes concerned by this fact, she will feel isolated and she will try to find solace in A [...]
3.5 stars, Originally posted at Fantasy Literature fantasyliterature reviIn Winter s Shadow is the final book in Gillian Bradshaw s DOWN THE LONG WIND trilogy, an elegantly written historical fantasy about King Arthur that s inspired by the Welsh legends While the first two books, Hawk of May and Kingdom of Summer, have focused on Gwalchmai Sir Gawain , this last novel is written from Gwynhwyfar s perspective You certainly don t need to read the previous books to fully appreciate In Winter s Sha [...]
Gosh I have adored it It seems like forever since the last time I ve enjoyed an Arthurian novel so much Not that I do not enjoy the genre, I do But after you read many books with the same subject, you re bound to be disappointed by many of them Anyway, that s not the case.I even liked this book better than its prequel, that was pretty, but not exactly my favourite around its Gawain was a tid bit too far from canon to be my favourite.Let s go with some order.This is an account of the Fall of Came [...]
Reading the conclusion of any series about King Arthur and Camelot is a rather daunting prospect even so when you are reading a version from Queen Guinevere s point of view I m hiding the rest of the review under a spoiler tag because it technically is a spoiler if you re not already familiar with the legends, but the story is so well known I can t be bothered to separate the spoiler bits from the safe bits view spoiler It s the most famous and tragic case of adultery in western mythos, IMO Two [...]
I liked this book quite a bit than the first two volumes of Bradshaw s Arthurian trilogy I said in the reviews of the other two books that I not only didn t feel those first two books were standouts among Arthurian themed books I had read, but that I preferred Bradshaw s straight historical fiction And I do, even though I am a lover of fantasy even high fantasy Nevertheless part of the reason I liked this so much is that this novel does read much like historical fiction than fantasy There are [...]
The last half of the Arthur s story is always hard for me to read Some authors even put a happy spin on it In this version the slow decline into chaos is narrated by Gwynhwyfar and her tragedy is made very real.It is a much sorrowful version, detailing the slow decline of the court and the painful awareness of the venom of Medraut, Arthur s bastard, is creating but none can stop it honorably Gwynhwyfar is a less romanticised glamorized and much truer to what a Roman descended, educated woman fr [...]
Narrada en primera persona por la reina Guinevere la historia sufre de una etapa rom ntica casi insoportable Hay espacios donde las reflexiones sobre la infidelidad con Bedwyr hacen pensar que Bradshaw quiere que tengamos l stima por los pobrecitos amantes, con su apogeo en el discurso de Gwalchmai sobre qu no era maldad pues lo hicieron sin intenci n Que manera de casi arruinar una historia Al final, lo mismo buenos y malos, honores resumidos y la rehabilitaci n a trav s del sufrimiento Excepto [...]
Great book, sad towards the end, I loved the first two and the last one just ripped me apart I haven t had a book do that in a long time.The story was paced slower than the first two but it made the final chapters that much real because of the way the book started.I have not read many books about king Arthur or any Arthurian tales, but now I seriously continuing to follow this type of story and would gladly accept any book the comes close to the caliber or exceeds itw i have to take my leave, t [...]
This was my first Arthurian era book I really did enjoy it The only thing I really stumbled on is the names I eventually came up with nicknames for each character Sometimes I would catch myself sounded the names out in my head instead of reading the sentence in front of me The battle scenes were a little much and bordered on boring in certain parts But on the whole the book was great The last 100 pages I read in one night all at once I could not put the book down until I knew what happened to Be [...]
The fall of Camelot as told from Guinevere s point of view From what I ve read, this story is aligned with the Welsh version of the tale than the traditional English version In this version, Gwynhwyfar tells about falling in love with Bedwyr, Arthur s warlord, while Arthur is in a moral funk stemming from the knwoledge that his evil son, Medraut, was borne to Arthur s sister, who tricked him into an incestous tryst He didn t know she was his sister The love story didn t ring true for me, but I [...]
Book Three I liked this one best of all as it was the most complex, and possibly because it was the most familiar We sort of lose Gwalchmai as the primary focus on this one and instead are in the midst of Medraut and Arthur and Bedwy as well A few things bothered me though I found Gwen and Bedwyr s relationship contrived And because that resulted in the big changes in the story it fell a little flat And the ending was anti climacticI hate that Personally, I find this trilogy, definitely part of [...]
Book three in this Arthurian trilogy was told by Gwynhwfar and presented the tale from a different perspective The fates of characters from books one and two are revealed and not surprisingly what ultimately happens to King Arthur remains shrouded in the mists of legend Bedwyr, one of Arthur s key commanders, assumes the role of Lancelot This trilogy is ultimately a tale of the struggle of Britain during the 4th century between the light and the dark with Britain sliding into the Dark Ages.
This was the first Arthurian book that I have read, and this was the third book in a trilogy The story is told from the point of view of Gwynhwyfar and centers on how she brought down her own empire It was a great read, but not very uplifting I like Gillian Bradshaw s writing style and am interested checking out in what else she has written I won this book in a good reads first reads contest.
The heartbreaking ending to an unforgettable retelling of the Arthurian legend Even though I read the first two books in the series many times over, I did not have the courage to read this third one a second timee beauty and sadness were overwhelming The only other time I felt this way about the ending of a series was when I closed The Return of the King by J.R.R Tolkien I m going to go through the series again, and this time, I will read all three Be strong, my heart.
This ends the Arthurian trilogy which was very well written and full of lively characters I thought that the end was too sad, and that the fact that the kingdom had held out against the Dark Ages for just long enough for the monks from Ireland to collect and save all the books, was not stressed enough This is a personal story told by the Guinevere character, who fell for a trick and for the wrong person My favourite is the first book Hawk of May.
So sad so sad Of course, you know what s going to happen the whole time, but the torment and anguish of the characters comes alive I love Bradshaw s retellings of history and myths and I love that she adds to the classic story without making it unbelievable The characters are real with real flaws which I am SO happy that they acknowledge their own weaknesses Although this chapter of the Arthurian legend is full of grief, Bradshaw made it fresh and unexpected.
This is my favourite of Gillian Bradshaw s books I Like others but am not really well up enough on classic history to know how accurate they are And I think she s written rather too many, and its hard for me to remember which is which But This is one of her early works and gives us a realistic Guenevere, and realistic telling of the Arthur story.