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Kingdom of Summer

Kingdom of Summer Armed with a magical sword and riding an otherworldly horse Gwalchmai Hawk of May begins a desperate quest for Light as secrets from his past deny him peace Reprint PW

  • Title: Kingdom of Summer
  • Author: Gillian Bradshaw
  • ISBN: 9780553299649
  • Page: 451
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Armed with a magical sword and riding an otherworldly horse, Gwalchmai, Hawk of May, begins a desperate quest for Light, as secrets from his past deny him peace Reprint PW.

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    1. I was absolutely riveted to my seat throughout this second of the trilogy. Despite magic being in the plot, it didn't even tweak my psyche as improbable - in fact, I was quite happy to believe it completely. Yup, this old cynic! I am still bemused by seeing the series called YA.d also by a couple of reviews that seemed to see it as Christian apologia.One of the best versions of the Arthurian stories I have read.

    2. My wife and I just finished reading this worthy follow-up to Bradshaw's great novel, Hawk of May. In fact, I like this one considerably better than Hawk of May.The Kingdom of Summer continues the story of Gwalchmai and Arthur's warriors, but this time it is from the perspective of a simple Christian farmer who longs to contribute anything he can to preserving the light of the Roman empire. Although I am a history fanatic and was greatly impressed by the historical basis for Hawk of May, I was re [...]

    3. This is the second in Gillian Bradshaw's Arthurian trilogy set against a version of Dark Age Britain. In this, the focus is again on the career of Gwalchmai (Hawk of May, name taken from the Welsh version), known as Gawain in the legends, although this time from the POV of a young farmer, Rhys. Rhys is the son of Sion who helped Gwalchmai reach Arthur's camp in book 1. Nine years later, Gwalchmai is riding the countryside in winter, wounded and bedraggled, in search of Elidan a king's sister who [...]

    4. It's been a long time since I read the first book, Hawk of May, but I don't think I suffered too much for that in reading this. I think I found this rather more compelling than the first book, and it helped me get back into it that the narrator was also an outsider to Gwalchmai's life. Again, I did read it in hopes of finding a sympathetic Guinevere to work on in my essay -- but then, I have been told that the last book of the trilogy has more of Guinevere in it, so I won't give up hope yet.Brad [...]

    5. KINGDOM OF SUMMER by Gillian Bradshaw is an interesting historical fiction/fantasy set in England during Arthurian era.It is the second in the trilogy.It has cruelty,kindness,justice,darkness,witchcraft,sorcery,King Arthur's followers,magic,courage,witches,knights and heros. This the story of Sir Gwalchmai,aka Sir Gawain. Who armed only with his magic sword and his otherworldly horse,he will prove to be a faithful warrior of King Arthur.Sir Gawain and his faithful servant Rhys while trying to fi [...]

    6. Now this book was not what I had expected! Having read the first book, which was told exclusively from Gwalchmai’s point of view, I expected more of the same here. I’m pleased to say I did not find it. Gwalchmai’s still at the heart of the book, but the POV character is now a young farmer called Rhys, who decides to follow Gwalchmai as his servant. And it’s amazing how many problems this solves. Instead of a typical hero’s quest we’re given an outsider’s view in and we get to see h [...]

    7. This is the second volume in Bradshaw's trilogy, continuing the story of Gwalchmai (Gawain) and Bradshaw’s delivers a riveting story, which is enhanced by a nuanced and heartfelt reading by Nicole Quinn, who imbues the tale with an Irish tone that adds to the pleasure of this story (if you decide to also pursue the audio version). Bradshaw does not repeat her formula of telling the story from Gwalchmai’s point of view, but rather spins the narrative angle to his aspiring servant, an endearin [...]

    8. Kingdom of Summer is set nine years after the conclusion of Hawk of May. Gwalchmai is now a full accomplished warrior and the best rider on Arthur's warband. In his quest to amend the woman that he wronged, he will meet Rhys, a young farmer who will be his companion and friend. As they will journey into Gwynedd, an old enemy will reappear and sow the seeds for the upcoming tragedy.*****Commentary may contain spoilers*****As the follow-up of Hawk of May this book is less engaging and interesting. [...]

    9. AudioBook Review: Stars Overall: 4 Narration: 4 Story: 5 Everyone is somewhat familiar with the Arthurian legends and the story of the King and the Knights of the Round Table. Far from a very familiar feel, although presenting many of the characters in a new and different way, Gillian Bradshaw has retold the familiar story with several new twists, all unique and refreshing, that make for a wonderful story. In the start of this story we are told of Gwalchmai’s (Sir Gawain) is starting a quest t [...]

    10. I liked this book as much as the first book in Bradshaw's Arthurian trilogy, but not more. That is, this is still enjoyable, and I like the world and characters, but in the Arthurian sweepstakes, this just isn't in win, place or show. I like Bradshaw enough to mark her among my favorites, but I prefer her straight historical fiction--works such as The Beacon of Alexandria. It just might be she has such stiff competition in this subgenre, one I've read widely in. Bradshaw is a graceful, very read [...]

    11. Hawk of May was the first book in this trilogy, and I enjoyed that so much that I requested this one. I didn't enjoy this one quite as much, but it was still a page-turner. Perhaps I missed the fantasy element, which is much reduced in this one.Rhys is a farmer, 21, who like many little boys dreamed of becoming a warrior. When Gwalchmai seeks shelter from his father, Rhys finally works up the courage to follow his dream. He asks Gwalchmai if he can come along as servant. Most warriors start trai [...]

    12. 3.5 starsIn Kingdom of Summer, Gillian Bradshaw’s second novel in her DOWN THE LONG WIND trilogy, Gwalchmai (the Welsh version of Sir Gawain) is traveling Britain in search of Elidan, a noblewoman he fell in love with off screen. He wronged her eight years previously and hasn’t seen her since. (We didn’t see any of this happen in the previous novel, Hawk of May, but he tells us the story near the beginning of Kingdom of Summer.)During his travels, Gwalchmai stays with the family of the far [...]

    13. This book comes a lot closer to the "official" version of Gawain's character than does the previous book, but the plot still has very little to do with the main Arthur/Lancelot/Guenevere triangle that most think of when they think of the story. As I understand it, that story is told in the last book of the trilogy. But even aspects of the main King Arthur legend that do show up are quite divergent from the traditional version.I really enjoyed both Rhys's character and that of an adult Gwalchmai. [...]

    14. 1.) Reasons you chose this bookI'm a huge fan of King Arthur legends and that is why I wanted to read this one.2.) Reasons you liked or disliked this bookI liked it just fine, however, I really feel that I did a disservice to myself by not reading the first book in the series. I will however, remedy that situation one of these days and then re-read this one!I enjoyed reading the story of Sir Gawain and how he became a part of Arthur's noble warriors. 3.) Reasons you are recommending this bookI [...]

    15. This second book of Gwalchmai's story is narrated by his servant Rhys, the son of a farmer he befriended in the first book. Rhys plays a major role in saving his Knight from himself and his evil family but most of the action starts up in the last half of the book.Although a good deal of the first part of the book is descriptive, about everyday life on the road or at Camlann (Camelot) the author makes it enjoyable. One of the failings of many LOOOONG epic series is often the descriptive padding t [...]

    16. Book Two in this Arthurian trilogy. Gwalchmai, a knight of Arthur's court seeks his lost love Elidan to ask her forgiveness for his killing of her brother, a rival king to Arthur. The usual Arthurian characters play pivotal roles including evil queen Morgawse and her son Medraut , Arthur's son. Told by Gwalchmai's servant Rhys there is plenty of action describing the battle between the darkness and the light. If darkness and the Saxons win the world, as they knew it, will be pitched into darknes [...]

    17. I would have given this 5 stars if it had continued the format that made Hawk of May such a masterpiece: a powerful tale of Sir Gawain's life and struggles told by the man himself. This is told by his servant, Rhys, and dilutes a great deal of the power of the story that way, though I understand why the author did it, to show scenes that the warrior was not part of. Still I wish she had stuck to Gawain's POV. I would have loved it and him far more.

    18. This is the second of the Arthurian trilogy, after Hawk of May and before In Winter's Shadow. Arthur the king is coming into prominence and picking a fine lady to wed, and we can feel that all will be well. There is magic afoot, and battles are joined. With great care for historical accuracy where possible we get clothing, food, weaponry and the like. I enjoyed this book but the third is very sad.

    19. In my opinion, if you are going to write about Arthurian legend, you should maintain the classic tragedy and conflict. I guess I would have appreciated this book more if she hadn't turned it into yet another Arthur story. Her characters are not compatible with any other Arthur book I have read, and she has lost the juiciest parts of the legend. I don't plan on read the third book of the trilogy.

    20. I will just be rolling around this for the foreseeable future, leave a message at the beep. This is a grownup version of Gerald Morris' Terence series, and we all know how much I love that series, so obviously I was going to love this times a thousand. (Seriously, it's almost creepy, the parallels.)

    21. Second instalment of a fantasy trilogy set in Arthurian Britain, continuing the story of Gwalchmai (Sir Gawain in later legends) and the struggle between the supernatural forces of Light and Darkness. Sequel to Hawk of May.Review: carlanayland/reviews/k

    22. One of the more realist works on the Matter of Britain but the realism tends to suck the magic out of the thing. It was good enough that I felt compelled to read the whole trilogy but I had greater expectations about the writing.

    23. book two. The story follows Gwalchmai more. The plot of this book is superior to the first but it just does get deep enough. It seems too superficial which is a shame because this story could really sparkleonto book three, maybe it will peak :)

    24. Not my favorite Bradshaw novel, but entertaining enough. It's fun to see Camelot & Gawain from another perspective. Kind of a predictable tale, but then, it's King Arthur - what did I expect?

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