Author: Kiersten White
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Published: November 5, 2019
Genre: Fantasy, YA, Retellings
This book is very heavy on historical themes and myths. I honestly don’t know anything about Merlin and Camelot and the historical story that the book revolves on, but I can say that this book mixed magic and history in the story. It had heavy themes of knights and dignity like how it was back in the medieval times. It didn’t have a lot of magic action until the end of the book where a fight happens. There was also a surprising plot to a character but it didn’t feel big for me, it was kind of shallow. But the plot was heavily focused on Guinevere and how women are not taken seriously at their time. There was also minimal romance and only one kiss shared by two characters. It was mostly friendship that stood out throughout the book.
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you again Delacorte Press for sending me an ARC for me to read and review.
I’m not a huge fan of The Once and Future King and the story in general but I loved this one because it comes from the female perspective! I may be biased because I’m a girl but I just loved it as a YA fantasy retelling because I personally have a hard time reading adult fantasy books because of their writing style. But Kiersten White has a good writing style that anyone of any age can read and enjoy.
This book was full on historical mode and there was no modern themes or ideas in the book. It had the brief plot of magic but it focused more on a narrative storytelling of Guinevere’s life. The first part of the book really seemed boring for me but it started to slowly get better along the way. It had no romance, and if you know me, I’m not a huge fan of books without romance. But I still managed to finish the book just to find out what would happen in the end.
Writing style: 4/5
I would highly recommend this book if you’re a fan of medieval fantasy stories with minimal romance and mostly focused on the setting and the characters. It’s a good medieval and historical YA book although it could have been better if the romance was properly set to one person because I wasn’t sure who Guinevere would end up with even as the book ended.