Historical fantasy

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As someone who’s fascinated by female-perspective retellings of the Arthurian legends since reading Mists of Avalon years ago, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to read The Princess of Selgovae and the High King. I was particularly excited for Vivien’s story, yet the tone and style of writing were not especially engaging for me. I’m drawn more to the imagining of personality, feelings, and relationships than to authenticity in speech and historical accuracy. I enjoyed the magic and romance and was particularly impressed with how grounded the story is in research, and Bryce Gibby’s knowledge and passion shines throughout. The annotations were especially useful and added another layer of interest, giving the book the aura of a historical tome. It would be wonderful to see it published as a hardcover with colorful illustrations. It seems to be the first in a series and will be interesting to see what aspect is told next.