Only the steward protects the small kingdom of Cambryn, since its queen, Guinevere, is married to Arthur and spends all her time in Camelot. Therefore, the steward's daughter Lynet must travel to Camelot to fetch Guinevere after her father is murdered by her brother. Wracked with guilt at her inadvertent role in the tragedy of Tristan and Iseult, Lynet heads to Camelot.

While there, she realizes that she has few allies, but one person she can count on is Lancelot's squire, Gareth. With the maneuvering of Morgaine in the north (assisted by Lynet's traitorous brother), Lynet has to be resourceful if she wants to save not only herself but also her sister and her home.

Lynet's guilt over her involvement with Tristan and Iseult is an interesting twist but fails to ring true along with the political machinations of the main players. Zettel has brought together a number of interesting characters, but it takes a while for the plot to come together. (Apr., 512 pp., $13.95)
Reviewed by: 
Natalie A. Luhrs