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The Guinevere Deception : Book Review


The Guinevere Deception

Author: Kiersten White

Publication Date: November 5, 2019

Genre: Fantasy, Retelling

Pages: 352

Publisher: Delacorte Press


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?



Do you really need to know anything else? If you are like me and love a good King Arthur retelling than this is the book for you.

I loved this story because it was less about Arthur and more about Guinevere. This is the type of woman empowerment story that makes you feel strong and invincible. Guinevere is strong and confident while also being able to admit that she has her drawbacks. She is humble and caring and such a delight to read about.

My only drawback with this story is that there isn’t a lot of action. The beginning is very slow and kind of hard to get into unless you’re in the right mood for it. BUT, the waiting paid off because it felt like the entire story was building up to something big and it definitely did. It was worth it in the end to wait for the action because I entirely enjoyed where the story went once it took off. This did feel like a very young adult book though so the story is not incredibly dense, which i kind of wish this one was because I wanted the story to continue and the world of Camelot to be expanded! Thankfully there’s two more books coming but still!

The characters are very entertaining in The Guinevere Deception, I enjoyed all of them and that is something rare to achieve. If I don’t like the characters or can’t relate to them it’s hard for me to get into the story. The fact that I would honestly give my life to protect King Arthur should tell you something about how I feel 😂

Overall an enjoyable King Arthur retelling that isn’t too dense and is a fun quick read. As usual I listened to this via audiobook and I can confirm the narrator is amazing!

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