Goodreads: Raised in the shadow of a fort dedicated to training Knights of the Round Table, Deirdre thirsts for adventure. Instead, at 14, she is sent to court to learn the etiquette and talents of a young woman. Court life, however, is more fraught with danger than she expected, and Deirdre finds herself entangled in a deadly conspiracy that stretches deep into the very heart of Camelot. All Deirdre thought she knew and believed in—loyalty, love, bravery—is challenged when she embarks on a quest to defy Fate and save the King
I was pretty iffy about this book when I started. It immediately separates Deirdre from all the other female characters by putting them down, which I strongly dislike. Throughout the book though, it's clear that Deirdre grows up - so her opinions on the role of women in society changes as the book progresses. She starts respecting what they do and the different sort of courage it takes to be a healer or to find out important gossip instead of charging into battle. There's also a dwarf character introduced who I LOVE and who I think has a really interesting story (even if I can't remember much of it now). The book appeared pretty well researched (even if our main character had that modern feeling we often get when we want a character to have our "more cultured" values than what was believed at the time), but I give the same disclaimer I make anytime I say this - I don't know anything about medieval history, so I could be ridiculously wrong on that front.
Overall, this book wasn't for me. There were parts that I really loved - like when the dwarf becomes involved, and when Deirdre begins to respect her older sister, but there were lots of parts that weren't really for me either (and sadly I don't remember the specifics of why, or I'd tell you in case said things don't bother you). I'd recommend it to the avid Arthurian fantasy readers.