Book Review: The Guinevere Deception

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.

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 received a free digital copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

This is only my second novel by Keirsten White and I must say, I really enjoyed it. I am pretty excited that this is going to be a trilogy.  I love how Guinevere is written as such a strong character in this book. I loved how complicated the author made her. 

The undertones of feminism and strong women! It is so refreshing. In my own personal opinion, I felt there was a bit too much romance or at least emphasis on romance. It really took away from the strong female tropes that this book had established so well. 

The story itself was a bit all over the place. It felt very rushed especially from the beginning. I also really did not like King Authur in this story. His character fell flat and was just not enjoyable. 

I really hope that the next book organizes the story a little bit more. Thank you to the author, the publisher, and NetGalley for allowing me to review this title. 

Image and synopsis taken from NetGalley.

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