Book Review – The Guinevere Deception

Title: The Guinevere Deception (Camelot Rising #1)

Author: Kiersten White

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Publication date: November 5th, 2019

352 pages

3/5 stars

Goodreads Synopsis

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?


“There was good, and there was evil, but there was so much space between the two.”

The Guinevere Deception, Kiersten White

I went into this book knowing that King Arthur retellings are not generally my jam. I am just not a huge fan of the King Arthur legend and they are often hit or miss for me. However, I recently read Legendborn by Tracy Deonn and I loved that retellings so I wanted to try this one. Frankly, it was okay – and you can probably assume by my 3 star rating.

I enjoyed parts of this book, don’t get me wrong. I liked the twist where Guinevere is a fake, and that she was using magic secretly in Camelot where it is forbidden. The forbidden magic trope is one I really enjoy. I loved the supporting characters, especially Guinevere’s maid and Mordred. I feel a love triangle coming in the future of the trilogy which I don’t love but also don’t hate.

HOWEVER. You can miss me with Arthur’s character. I fully hope he gets better over the trilogy but he was so blahhhh in this book. Like, I’m here for Guinevere being the main character, it’s fantastic. But Arthur is a complete wet blanket with no real personality. I look forward to the potential of growth for each character.

Lastly, I couldn’t predict where this story was going. Every time I thought I understood, there was some twist. Which normally I was LOVE and flail around about – but I found myself thinking the plot line I was expecting in my mind was better than what was really happening. Some choices of the author just confused me. I am continuing the series, so come back tomorrow for my review of book two, The Camelot Betrayal!

Happy reading, folks!

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