The Guinevere Deception || A Feminist Camelot

“Women are strongest when bearing one another’s pain. We each take a little on ourselves. No one dies, and we all heal together.”

 

Title: The Guinevere Deception
Author: Kiersten White
Page Count: 352 pages
Genre: Contemporary // Young Adult
Rating: ★  ★  ★.5
Publisher: Penguin Teen
Release Date: November 5, 2019
Buy It: Chapters Indigo

 

 

 

 

 

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?

 

 

MY THOUGHTS

Going into The Guinevere Deception I was under the impression that the book was a standalone. As I kept reading it became evident that not many things would be wrapped up by the end and it would definitely be a trilogy. In hindsight I should’ve checked because it would have altered my expectations for this story. Alas…I did not and so my experience was not as exciting as I hoped it would be.

All that aside this book is very well written. The author can take already established stories and ideas and create something entirely her own with unique spins and twists and turns. I really enjoyed the surprises that came from this book. The typical secrets were hashed out differently. We had different takes on beloved characters (ie: Lancelot) and expectations for the legend of Arthur were met.

I was drawn more to the wicked side of the characters and found myself wanting more from the mysterious dark voice between chapaters but perhaps that will come to light in the next book.

I really loved the feminist angle. The author wishes women to lift one another instead of sabotaging each other. There were a couple quotes I found truly inspiring. Loved that she put that into the book where in the original time it would have been hard for women to stand up for themselves as the medieval times were cruel to all.

It was super fun to buddy read this one with my friend @trissinalovesbooks and she loved it so much!

“I loved the dark queen passages and the whole twist on the story. The author has an amazing way of turning the plot on you. I love the original so much I was skeptical going in but coming out I am pleasantly surprised.”
Check out Triss’ instagram for her 5 star review. I will have to settle middle of the road at a 3.5 personally.

Thank you Penguin Teen Canada for sending a copy in exchange for an honest review. 

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