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Daughter of Camelot Review

Daughter of Camelot by Glynis Cooney Review

Daughter of Camelot is a story about a girl named Deirdre who is swept up in the happenings of Arthurian times. Against her will Deirdre is sent to court by her father and it soon turns out that court is not the kind of place Deirdre thought it was.

Dangers lurk everywhere and Deirdre has to find her way in a difficult world without losing sight of who she is. There is a love triangle involved so be prepared. I personally could not feel one of the possible relationships at all, but the other one was very sweet and I genuinely enjoyed (I won’t tell you which one though, you’ll have to find out yourself!)

This book is for all those who like epics, romances and historical fiction that revolves around a strong female character.

3.5 out of 5 stars to the first part in the Empire of Shadows series!

(ARC provided for review by NetGalley)

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Posted by on September 14, 2013 in Uncategorized


Final SS&D discussion!

Something Strange & Deadly Discussion Question #4

“‘Eleanor, you have a choice,’ [Jie] said softly. ‘You always have a choice’” (p. 166, Something Strange & Deadly)

How do you think this quote relates to the overall theme of Something Strange and Deadly? Do you think Eleanor behaves as if she has a choice at the start of the book? What about at the end of the book? And do other characters behave as if they have a choice or do some see themselves as victims of circumstance?

I think that Eleanor doesn’t really know that she has a choice at the beginning of the book, BUT I never got the impression that she saw herself as a victim of circumstance. She is proactive and goes out to find her brother even when her mother wouldn’t. I don’t think she consciously realizes she has a choice about her life until Jie tells her. Nonetheless Eleanor has always behaved as if she has a choice, i.e. she does not simple say yes and amen to everything her mother and society expect of her.

A good example for a character who sees themselves as a victim of circumstances would be Clarence Wilcox. When he was in school with Eleanor’s brother, he bullied Elijah because his father and his friends told him to. I don’t think he realized he had a choice to make there and that he could have simply gone against his father’s wishes. Even as a grown-up he finds himself entangled in his situation and unable to break free because he thinks he has to follow the path his father has set for him and live up to society’s expectations.

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Posted by on September 2, 2013 in Uncategorized