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The Guinevere Deception

af Kiersten White

Serier: Camelot Rising (1)

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Sent by a banished Merlin to protect King Arthur, a sixteen-year-old impersonating the deceased Guinevere struggles to fit in at Camelot where the magic she practices is banished.
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This was another mythology retelling I enjoyed. I don’t know what it is, but similarly with [b:Cursed|39678996|Cursed|Thomas Wheeler|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1557840246l/39678996._SY75_.jpg|61277516], there was just something about The Guinevere Deception that makes me simply say “Yeah, I like it.” Neither Cursed nor The Guinevere Deception had me preaching to the world (or wanting to do so) how much I enjoyed them. This book was definitely a very interesting and incredibly unique take on the Arthurian myth, and the characters were - for the most part - interesting. I'd have to say that Mordred was probably my favorite; in addition, what Kiersten White did with Sir Tristan's story was great. There were a few parts that made me think “Really?” because it felt almost obvious or a bit cliché. I think I’ll have to read the next book (and the third one, whenever it’ll be out) to form a fuller opinion of this series. I do recommend this as a read, though. ( )
  historybookreads | Jul 26, 2021 |

I'm on the borderline of liking this and not liking this (let's be honest I'm leaning more towards). There were so few pros and even more cons to this story that I don't even know where to begin. So I'm going to hit it where it hurts and start off by saying this was an utter disappointment. I had high expectations for this novel and it all crumpled to the ground in flames that was ignited by the lead heroine, Guinevere. There was just something about her that was off-putting and it became more than apparent when she suddenly started to 'developed feelings' for Arthur despite not being in his presence for a full 24 hours. Not joking even though I wish k was joking. I'm sure the only thing that was going for her that I actually liked was the relationship that was bubbling between her and Mordred (love triangle, what joy), and that's only because Mordred was in the equation. I'm almost baffled that the time has come to finally come across a novel that I was more in favor of the secondary characters than the main protagonist themselves regardless that all the characters including the heroine fell flat and lacked depth. In addition to that, I will also mentioned that this novel started off slow in the beginning before continuing to go slow in the middle before ending in a slow lackluster end. It was a borderline borefest and I'm just a tad bit heated because this had so much potential to be a decent Arthurian legend read and it wasn't. At all. So in conclusion it's true what they say, never judge a book by its cover.

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  ayoshina | Oct 2, 2020 |
I always love novels involving the legend of King Arthur, so I was keep to read Kiersten White's retelling and, I must say, I quite enjoyed this book. At times "The Guinevere Deception" was a bit slow but, at the same time, I was surprised how quickly I finished it. I enjoyed the sense of darkness that lurked through each chapter and the threat of the evil queen. However, I found most of the characters fairly bland, especially Arthur, and the only ones I had any time for were Lancelot and Brangien.

I thought Guinevere was going to be a strong, feminist character, and at times she was, but too often she made heedless mistakes and had to rely on others to rescue her.

The last part of the novel was definitely the best. It was full of action and unexpected reveals and left the end wide open for a sequel. However, I don't think I will bother any further with this series. I have read better when it comes to Arthur, Genevieve and Camelot. ( )
  HeatherLINC | Aug 6, 2020 |
This is a wonderful retelling/reimagining with a twisty plot that touches on magic, memory, and royal politics. I loved Guinevere's voice, and many of the twists/reveals were really satisfying. There are also plenty of loose ends that don't get tied up, and the tantalizing hints of bigger reveals to come made me sad I didn't get to see more of those threads revealed in this installment of the series. That said, I feel like the ending was satisfying, and it definitely left me wanting to read more. There's darkness and humor throughout, and I think one of this book's strengths is how relatable and nuanced the characters felt. This is a great choice for a reader who's looking for castles, royalty, and magic, and doesn't mind diving into a new series.

ALSO: hi, if you read this come talk with me about the ending because I was getting some real Last Witch Hunter vibes with that evil queen scene. Yes, I mean the bad Vin Diesel movie. That movie had many faults, but the dark witch queen was pretty entertaining. ( )
  bookbrig | Aug 5, 2020 |
I am a big fan of Arthurian legend and this book has a lot of promise told from Guinevere's viewpoint. But this is no mild trophy queen here! She is not what she appears to be ....

Fun, but the pacing seemed a bit off. Sometimes the book dragged on, and other times it felt like it was lacking description. Still, overall a fun story. ( )
  jmoncton | Aug 3, 2020 |
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