Title: The Guinevere Deception
Author: Kiersten White
Genre: Fantasy, Retelling, YA
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?
Spoiler Free Review
What I Liked:
- The world. I liked the Camelot that White built, theres this scene in the book where they replace the water with wine and I thought that was funny and cool. Anyways, White kept it as the Camelot we all know but also with her own touch.
- The magic. The magic system in this book was interesting. There seems to be two types of magic and in this book we only get to really learn about one so I am interested in if the second book will divulge more into the other kind of magic.
- The retelling. I think White did a good job of retelling the well known King Arthur tale. I watched the BBC show Merlin so throughout the book I kept thinking about the show and comparing them, but not in a bad way just to see the differences between the two.
What I Didn’t Like
- The plot. I couldn’t get into the story/plot. I just found it slow and uninteresting, feels like nothing really happened until the last two chapters. But even though the last chapters were semi-interesting I was at the point where I just didn’t care anymore. I think I skimmed a good chunk of this book because of how uninterested I was, if this book wasn’t apart of my OWLS I might have DNFed it. It took me forever to get through this book because of how slow I found it to be.
- The characters. I could really care less about these characters. The only one I found myself caring about was Guinevere’s handmaid but she isn’t a super main character.
Overall I didn’t love this book and do not think I will continue with the series.