Reviewed by Jessa Larsen

In a country still in chaos from the collapse of the mighty Roman Empire, young monarchs King Arthur and Queen Guinevere struggle to pull the country back together while also establishing the Fellowship of the Round Table. Guinevere skillfully manages her new husband and household. She enjoys her newly acquired duties as the Queen but continuously battles her thirst for the freedom she once knew. Guinevere also faces the conflict of her growing love for Lancelot versus her loyalty to her husband and King.

Gwen loves her country and believes herself to be growing to love her husband, but as she experiences what life is really like as Arthur roams the countryside recruiting for the cause that he loves with all his heart, she’s not quite sure anymore. Things become more complicated after an incident in which Gwen is accused of poisoning Arthur and even more so when she discovers his view on having children. Despite these setbacks, the ever determined Gwen keeps her head high and does what needs to be done in life. That is, until she begins to fall in love with Lancelot. She must make a choice between love and duty once and for all.

Queen of the Summer Stars is the second book of the Guinevere trilogy and just as riveting. We begin to see Gwen blossom as she takes on womanhood, marriage, and her duty as a Queen to her King and country. We watch her struggle with what she wants in life versus what she has received and how she chooses to handle it.

I’ve always been in love with the stories of King Arthur to begin with and I love seeing them portrayed as real people. I especially love seeing Gwen live and love and make real choices. I highly recommend reading both books that have been written for the trilogy thus far and I can’t wait for the third installment to be available.

Rating: 4/5

Check out Jessa’s review of the first installment in the series, Child of the Northern Spring

Jessa lives in Utah with her husband, 2 sons, 2 cats, and 2 dogs. She goes to school full time as an English major with a focus in creative writing. She likes anime and reads books and plays video games in her moments of spare time.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Sourcebooks Landmark. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.