The Guinevere Deception
By Kiersten White
Publication Date: November 5, 2019
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From New York Times bestselling author Kiersten White comes a new fantasy series reimagining the Arthurian legend, set in the magical world of Camelot.
There was nothing in the world as magical and terrifying as a girl.
Princess Guinevere has come to Camelot to wed a stranger: the charismatic King Arthur. With magic clawing at the kingdom’s borders, the great wizard Merlin conjured a solution–send in Guinevere to be Arthur’s wife . . . and his protector from those who want to see the young king’s idyllic city fail. The catch? Guinevere’s real name–and her true identity–is a secret. She is a changeling, a girl who has given up everything to protect Camelot.
To keep Arthur safe, Guinevere must navigate a court in which the old–including Arthur’s own family–demand things continue as they have been, and the new–those drawn by the dream of Camelot–fight for a better way to live. And always, in the green hearts of forests and the black depths of lakes, magic lies in wait to reclaim the land. Arthur’s knights believe they are strong enough to face any threat, but Guinevere knows it will take more than swords to keep Camelot free.
Deadly jousts, duplicitous knights, and forbidden romances are nothing compared to the greatest threat of all: the girl with the long black hair, riding on horseback through the dark woods toward Arthur. Because when your whole existence is a lie, how can you trust even yourself?
*THE FIRST BOOK IN THE CAMELOT RISING TRILOGY*
NetGalley provided me with this e-ARC in exchange for an honest review (and then I received a copy in my OwlCrate in December, which was BEAUTIFUL). This story was so incredibly unique!
I know everyone has been hyping this book for months, and I know so many people adored this new take on the Arthurian legend. While I can’t say that I believe it lived up to all of the hype, I did enjoy reading it.
It was so different to read a King Arthur story that…isn’t really about King Arthur. Guinevere was the focus here (obviously. Her name is in the title, so…duh), and was nothing like any Guinevere you’ve seen before.
I won’t lie, my favorite version of Guinevere will probably always be the one from Merlin. This Guinevere just fell flat, I guess? For me, anyway. I ended the book with way more questions than I started it with. There are so many things that didn’t get answered!
For the sake of not being spoiler-y, I won’t go into that here, but if I do read the second book, that will probably be the only reason why.
I will say that I love pretty much any story set in an Arthurian world, so that definitely helped my enjoyment of the book as a whole. Brangien and Tristan were a fun addition from a different story as well!
All that being said, I did enjoy this book out of its pure uniqueness from a traditional story. Kiersten White has a tendency to do that. The feminist aspect of how she changes the perspective of older tales is so interesting! I really am looking forward to reading more of her stuff.
I would recommend this to anyone who loves a good story about King Arthur, but with a fair warning that his presence doesn’t really play much of a role in this, in my opinion. He acted as more of an absentee husband than anything else. Meanwhile, Guinevere puttered around making new friends and pretending to be someone she isn’t.
I gave The Guinevere Deception a solid three drops, maybeeee 3.5? It was a good read, but it didn’t click with me the way it did with a lot of other readers!
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