Child of the Northern Spring
By Persia Woolley
Guinevere, a young woman barely 18 years-old and while a strong and intelligent person, she’s out of her element when it comes to practices of the court. The chosen bride of the newly minted King Arthur, she’s leaving her father and the only home she’s ever known to meet him and prepare to be his wife and queen. Their first meeting a few years prior to the marriage arrangement left her interested but not fully convinced she was the right woman for him. Without a better marriage offer and wanting to protect her homeland, she undertakes the journey to become his partner.
Arthur and Guinevere’s match is a good one — they’re both strong people and have an affinity for each other. When the Saxons, always a threat to the country at this time, decide to attack, Arthur moves his armies to meet them and they both find out what it means to be king and queen and husband and wife.
I prefer Arthurian legend stories with a touch of historical reality rather than magic. There is some magic in Child of the Northern Spring but it’s more in the form of religion and gods which is fine. Merlin does make an appearance and there are moments when he calls down the gods and their wrath and the same can be said for Arthur’s sister, Morgan. I’m all right with magic in that capacity though. For as much as I adore fantasy, I don’t always like it mixed with my Arthur and Guinevere. Go figure.
This book does move slowly and is told in more flashbacks than I felt necessary but it provides a nice background and history for Guinevere and who she is as a person. I like that she isn’t a meek woman in this story and even though she’s unsure of herself, some of that is due to her age and that she’s never lived at court or even ran her father’s household after the death of her mother. It’s a lack of confidence and she begins to gain more at the end of the book.
Child of the Northern Spring is the first in the Guinevere trilogy and with my ability to never walk away from a series, especially one that involves Arthur and Guinevere, I see myself reading more. If you enjoy Arthurian legend, this one is worth a look.