Book Review: The Guinevere Deception by Kiersten White
Published November 2019 by Delacorte Press|352 pages
Where I Got It: I own the hardcover
Series: Camelot Rising #1
Genre: YA Fantasy/Re-Telling
There is 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?
From New York Times bestselling author Kiersten White comes a new fantasy series reimagining the Arthurian legend, set in the magical world of Camelot.
I really enjoyed The Guinevere Deception! One, it’s Kiersten White, and I love her, and two, she did a King Arthur re-telling. How could I not like this book?
I really liked Guinevere. She’s pretty awesome, and even though I’m not super-familiar with all of the King Arthur stories, I have a vague sense of the characters and the story. I loved the idea of Guinevere as a changeling, and seeing her navigate Camelot and water was a pretty different but cool take on the story.
White really made the story her own- Guinevere as protector of Arthur against magic, what she did with Lancelot and the appearance of Brangien and Tristan from the Tristan and Isolde story…it’s a really cool re-telling.
Seeing Guinevere on her journey was one of my favorite things about the book. She had a lot to figure out, and I loved taking that journey with her. Things weren’t what she thought they were, but if there’s anyone who can keep Arthur and Camelot safe, it’s her. There’s a lot of gaps in time for her, and I hope she’s able to get those memories back. I don’t know if she will, but she did the best she could with the information she had.
Things between Arthur and Guinevere got my attention. They’re definitely friends, and even though they’re married, I can’t help but wonder if they’ll move past the friends stage into something more. Honestly, I thought there might have been something between her and Mordred, which would have been a little weird because Arthur is his uncle. I know Arthur and Guinevere are fake married and all, but still.
I liked Lancelot, and I can’t wait to see how things go as a knight for Lancelot. Lancelot was not who I expected them to be, though I liked seeing Lancelot fight, and go through the tournament. I think Lancelot will be a great knight, and friend, for Guinevere.
There’s a lot to like about this book, and it’s hard to talk about it because I don’t want to spoil anything. There are some interesting twists and turns, and I want to know what happens next!
4 stars. I really liked this take on King Arthur, and Guinevere is a great character! I loved going on this journey with her.