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The Guinevere Deception ARC Review

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* 

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

Plot: 4/5

Romance:

🌶️🌶️🌶️

Overall rating:

Rating: 4 out of 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.

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