ARC Review: The Guinevere Deception by Kiersten White

Thank you so much to Delacorte Press and NetGalley for letting me read the Guinevere Deception early! I love King Arthur/Merlin/Knights of the Round Table thing, so I was superrrrr excited to read this one!

The Guinevere Deception 4/5 stars

Summary from Goodreads: 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?

I really enjoyed so much of this book! The setting was magical- I love Camelot! The characters were great and I loved seeing familiar names/characters to the stories I grew up with. Parts of the actual plot/storyline were a little confusing- for example, all of the emphasis on Guinevere being a fake but skirting around it in terms of giving us more information on why and who she really was. But, overall, I really enjoyed it and I can’t wait to read book 2 when it comes out!

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