Once Upon a Time has been captivating viewers with this storyline since September. In July 2016, Guy Ritchie will bring it to the big screen. Arthurian legend, that is. But those stories are focused on the legendary king and his court. In a year when the U.S. may see its first female President, it’s only fair to ask, what about his queen?
Nicole Evelina brings the female perspective to life in her Chaucer Award-nominated debut work of historical fantasy, Daughter of Destiny, which tells the story of Guinevere’s life before her legendary lover in her own words. But she’s not the fading flower of medieval legend. Evelina’s Guinevere is a sword-wielding priestess born into the war-torn world late fifth century Britain. Descendent from a Celtic mother born to lead the Votadini tribe and Roman father, she is a woman of her own mind who takes action to shape her destiny.
As a young girl, terrifying visions force Guinevere to Avalon, where she meets Morgan, a woman of questionable parentage who is destined to become her rival. As Guinevere matures to womanhood, she gains the powers of a priestess, and falls in love with a man who will be both her deepest love and her greatest mistake. Just when Guinevere is able to envision a future in Avalon, tragedy forces her back home, into a world she barely recognizes, one in which her pagan faith, outspokenness, and proficiency in the magical and military arts are liabilities. When a chance reunion with her lover leads to disaster, she is cast out of Northgallis and into an uncertain future. As a new High King comes to power, Guinevere must navigate a world of political intrigue where unmarried women are valuable commodities and seemingly innocent actions can have life-altering consequences.
You may think you know the story of Guinevere, but you’ve never heard it like this. Listen and you will hear the true story of Camelot and its queen. Fans of Arthurian legend and the Mists of Avalon will love Daughter of Destiny, the first book in the Guinevere’s Tale trilogy that gives Guinevere back her voice and traces her life from an uncertain eleven year old girl to a wise queen in her fifth decade of life.
The audio book of Daughter of Destiny is narrated by Hollywood actress Serena Scott Thomas, who has appeared in the Oscar-nominated film Inherent Vice, the James Bond film The World is Not Enough, as well as television series such as Nip/Tuck, Nash Bridges, NCIS and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. She will also voice the other two books in the trilogy.
Print and ebook copies of Daughter of Destiny may be obtained from Amazon, Barnes and Noble.com, Kobo, iBooks, and Smashwords, among other outlets. The audio book will be available soon from iTunes, Audible and ACX.