This second novel (previously titled Return to Shalott) follows on from the success of Shalott, winner of the 2001 Society of Women Writers Book Award for young adult fiction.
As the five teenagers find themselves back in the court of King Arthur, past and present collide with shattering results. Caught between Morgan le Fay’s deadly magic and Guinevere’s dangerous plan to save the ancient customs of her people, only courage and love can save the teenagers from fire and death.
Why I wrote the book?
I originally wrote ‘Shalott’ as a one-off, thinking that Callie had done what she’d set out to do, and that was the end of it. NO! By then, I’d become really interested in the characters central to Arthurian legend, in particular the ‘wicked witch’ and the ‘jealous bitch’, Morgan le Fay and Guinevere. They always get a very bad press in the legend, but why? What motivated them to act the way they did? And so Return to Shalott was born. Callie tries to reverse a death in real life, but things go terribly wrong, and the teenagers get caught up in the love affair between Lancelot and Guinevere, the deadly magic of Morgan le Fay, the ambition of Arthur’s bastard son, Mordred, and the story of Bloddeuwedd, Lady of Flowers, and Lleu Llaw Gyffes, the God of Light.