January 10, 2020

#BookReview: The Guinevere Deception (Camelot Rising #1) by @kierstenwhite


Synopsis: 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*


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Rating: ★★★★
My Review:  
I thought this was going to be a gender swap of King Arthur but it wasn’t. Which was kind of sad. But it was a kick butt retelling of the Camelot take which was so much better. I really loved that when this book takes place everything that happened early in the tale of KA was already done. Morgan Was gone he had defeated the Dark Queen and he was trying to keep his kingdom going. It made the book that much faster! 

The character of Guinevere was wonderful! I loved her spirit and determination. But also that she wasn’t invincible, she had fears, failure, and needed help. She wasn’t per say a damsel in distress. But she knew who she could count on to help her by the end. That she didn’t need to be alone. It was great.

The story itself was a great pace and the ending was wrapped up for the most part. There is one event that happens that could be seen as a cliffhanger. But for the most part this one was a full fledged story in its own right. I am excited to see what happened next though. And this one worked well to introduce us to this new world of Camelot and the characters that live there.

If you are a fan of retelling a or just a lover of anything dealing with Camelot then this one is totally for you!!
 


Go Into This One Knowing: Light to No Romance, Slight Cliffhanger, Great Twist







"An enjoyable and even thoughtful entry into a mythos that has obsessed us for generations." —NPR

“A fresh take on Camelot . . .  this should be another hit.” Booklist


“An acclaimed master of the female-centric retelling turns her hand to Arthuriana . . More diverse than many Camelot representations, this is a retelling designed for a modern audience more interested in people than battles and more intrigued by identity and affection than honor and questing. A promising series opener.”—Kirkus Reviews

“With immersive prose, White captures the spirit of Arthurian legend while adding diversity and a bit of powerful feminist flair in this appealing series opener…. Leaves much to be explored in future installments.” —Publishers Weekly
“First in a series, this fantasy novel will appeal to fans familiar with stories of Arthur, and provides an introduction to those unfamiliar…. Full of battling knights and romance, this is a must.” —School Library Journal


“Readers will be dying to fill in the gaps of Guinevere’s memory and to continue the atmospheric adventure in this Arthurian retelling.”  —Bulletin 









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