Title: The Woman In the Tree: The True Story of Camelot
Author: Natasha D. Lane
Publication Date: November 8th, 2018
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Heart-wretching adventure that leaves you feeling sympathy for every character you meet and wanting to know more once you close the book.
The self-published book, The Woman In the Tree: The True Story of Camelot by Natasha D. Lane delivers another tale of the famous story of Camelot. The book starts with an attempted escape by Gwynevere after an unexpected betrayal by someone whom she and those around her thought they could trust. After escaping the attackers who were pursuing her, she finds herself encased within a tree and it was only after several years was she finally freed by a young man with an unusual streak of silver hair, Alistair. Learning the truth about Gwynevere, she and Alistair embarks on a journey to find Arthur, Camelot’s greatest knight, and discover the truth about the night that led to the imprisonment of Gwynevere about the false king.
There are many stories and books about the story of Camelot and King Arthur, however, being a reader who is not that familiar with the stories did not prove to dwindle my liking for this book. The story includes many twists that may surprise the reader every time because it may not be an event or occurrence that happens often. Because of these twists and betrayals, it is easy to sympathize and pity Gwynevere.
The author touches upon several themes. Gwynevere is a character who has suffered many hardships and still continues to do so throughout the book. Alistair is trying to make a living to the best of his abilities despite lacking financial status. Both characters show perseverance and kindness regardless of their difficulties they are going through. Both have shown their skills in prioritizing what needs to be done. With a mission to slay the false king, they showed their prioritizing skills and dealt with the problems they had professionally even if there were slip-ups sometimes.
There were scenes or sentences where I felt could be elaborated more. Although the characters were designed nicely, it sometimes feels like certain parts of the book were too rushed. When Alistair goes back to his cousins, the stay there felt too short and not a lot of information could be gathered. Because they do not play a big role in the story, it is understandable to not elaborate much on them but from my understanding; they play an important role in Alistair’s life, therefore it might make sense to show more of their relationships with each other.
This is not the first book by Natasha Lane I have reviewed and from my previous experience, this book has a different feel to it. When reading the book, it gives off a more sophisticated air which may be more suited for tweens or young adults. There were parts that reminded me of Coraline by Neil Gaiman such as the scene where the spirits were talking to Coraline. If anyone is a fan of the book or the movie, then this book might be of interest even if there are not a lot of scenes that give the same haunting feel Coraline gives.
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