ARC Review: The Camelot Betrayal by Kiersten White

Happy release week to The Camelot Betrayal, the second book in the Camelot Rising series by Kiersten White! This book came out on Tuesday and I’m super thankful to Random House Children’s/Delacorte Press and Netgalley for letting me read an ARC of this book! I love everything about Arthurian mythology, and I enjoyed book one in this series, so I was super excited about book two- and let’s be real, it was even better than book one was!

The Camelot Betrayal 4/5 Stars

Summary from Goodreads:

EVERYTHING IS AS IT SHOULD BE IN CAMELOT: King Arthur is expanding his kingdom’s influence with Queen Guinevere at his side. Yet every night, dreams of darkness and unknowable power plague her.

Guinevere might have accepted her role, but she still cannot find a place for herself in all of it. The closer she gets to Brangien, pining for her lost love Isolde, Lancelot, fighting to prove her worth as Queen’s knight, and Arthur, everything to everyone and thus never quite enough for Guinevere–the more she realizes how empty she is. She has no sense of who she truly was before she was Guinevere. The more she tries to claim herself as queen, the more she wonders if Mordred was right: she doesn’t belong. She never will.

When a rescue goes awry and results in the death of something precious, a devastated Guinevere returns to Camelot to find the greatest threat yet has arrived. Not in the form of the Dark Queen or an invading army, but in the form of the real Guinevere’s younger sister. Is her deception at an end? And who is she really deceiving–Camelot, or herself?

Man, I loved so much about this book! I feel like Guinevere was such a great character and I really liked her so much more in this book! She seemed so real and vulnerable, while still being able to be a queen and lead her people when Arthur needed her to. I loved how her relationships with Lancelot, Brangien, and Arthur grew in this book and I love the new characters we got to meet. I never felt like the plot was ever dragging. Plus, there were these great stories sprinkled within the story that went into more detail on the backgrounds of some of the characters (like we learned the real story of Tristan, Isolde, and Brangien), which I loved. We also saw Mordred a few times. And man y’all, that ending. I cannot wait until book 3 comes out!

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