ARC Review: The Excalibur Curse by Kiersten White

Happy Monday y’all! Ugh I hate how the last few working days before a vacation always seem to drag on so much longer than they should- I’m off for the rest of the year starting Wednesday and I want it to be here now! While the days have been dragging, you know what else has been dragging? Reading! I’ve had the hardest time staying interested in the books I’m reading and I can’t tell if it’s because I’m not enjoying them (well, with this one, that was the reason, but you’ll read all about that later) or if it’s just because everything is going so slowwwwly! Anyway, thank you so much to Delacorte Press and Netgalley for letting me read The Excalibur Curse! This is the third book in the Camelot Rising series and I loved books one and two, which I why I was super excited to read it (and very disappointed when I just didn’t like it).

The Excalibur Curse 3/5 Stars

Summary from Goodreads:

While journeying north toward the Dark Queen, Guinevere falls into the hands of her enemies. Behind her are Lancelot, trapped on the other side of the magical barrier they created to protect Camelot, and Arthur, who has been led away from his kingdom, chasing after false promises. But the greatest danger isn’t what lies ahead of Guinevere—it’s what’s been buried inside her.

Vowing to unravel the truth of her past with or without Merlin’s help, Guinevere joins forces with the sorceress Morgana and her son, Mordred—and faces the confusing, forbidden feelings she still harbors for him. When Guinevere makes an agonizing discovery about who she is and how she came to be, she finds herself with an impossible choice: fix a terrible crime, or help prevent war.

Guinevere is determined to set things right, whatever the cost. To defeat a rising evil. To remake a kingdom. To undo the mistakes of the past… even if it means destroying herself.

Guinevere has been a changeling, a witch, a queen—but what does it mean to be just a girl?

The gripping conclusion to the acclaimed Arthurian fantasy trilogy from New York Times bestselling author Kiersten White finds Guinevere questioning everything—friends and enemies, good and evil, and, most of all, herself.

So there’s nothing really wrong with this book, per se, but in books one and two, I really liked Guinevere and the way she worked with the people around her to make Camelot better and learn more about who she was, but in this book, as soon as she realized who she was/how she became who she was, she was so completely focused on fixing a wrong that she believed was done, and it felt as though she was wanting to do that no matter the consequences (and that was pretty much the whole book- like other things kind of happened, but the whole book felt like it was Guinevere trying to get rid of the version of herself that existed today to make room for the Guinevere that she took over). And that just made for such a boring story in my opinion. Also, it felt like Arthur became a completely different person too! Like he was so much more… evil, without a moral compass and I know that he was supposed to be doing everything he could to follow the path that Merlin left, but what about asking himself whether there was a good reason to what he was doing or not? Besides not being a fan of the way the plot ended up taking shape and where the characters went in their journey, I did enjoy the writing (I always enjoy Kiersten White’s writing style haha) and the pacing. I would say read this book if you’ve read the first two to get the closure you need, but don’t go into it with high hopes.

2 thoughts on “ARC Review: The Excalibur Curse by Kiersten White

  1. omg I totally agree with everything you said – this book wasn’t bad at all but I just ~struggled~ with Guinevere so much more than the first two books. also feel like Arthur got majorly screwed over with his character development because he just a full 180 and became a different person >_< I definitely kept pushing through just to get the closure but ended feeling so meh about it

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