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The Guinevere Deception

(Camelot Rising #1)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  17,784 ratings  ·  3,866 reviews
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. ...more
Hardcover, 342 pages
Published November 5th 2019 by Delacorte Press
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Allison It hints at something in the future. I would say it's more about Guinevere wanting to be loved and not knowing where to direct those feelings. So ther…moreIt hints at something in the future. I would say it's more about Guinevere wanting to be loved and not knowing where to direct those feelings. So there's a glimmer of a love triangle or maybe even quadrilateral? It is nowhere near resolved at the end.(less)

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Emily May
That was not a finite or controlled magic. It was a wild and dark and dangerous magic. It was a violent magic, undoing the record of a life and giving it to someone else.

A couple of earlier books aside, Kiersten White is a fave of mine. I enjoyed her historical fiction that reimagined Vlad the Impaler as a woman - And I Darken; I enjoyed her Frankenstein retelling - The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein; and, against all odds, I enjoyed her Buffy spin-off - Slayer. So I'm surprised that
✨ Helena ✨
Feb 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received this complimentary ARC from the publisher, courtesy of NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.


I was so excited for the release of this book and for the most didn't disappoint. I'm pretty familiar with Arthurian mythology, so I think that if you are, as well, you might be able to predict some of the plot points! But there are also enough original twists in the story to also keep you guessing as you read. However, if you're fairly new to the Arthurian myths, everything is
megs_bookrack ((is on vacation))
**3.5-stars rounded up**

There is a magic within her, a power with limits unknown.

Guinevere arrives in Camelot with heavy trepidation in her heart. She has been sent to marry King Arthur, a man she has never met.

All she knows of him are what the legends say, that he is a great man. He's the one who pulled the legendary sword from the stone.

While this is true, Arthur is a great King, who strives to make the kingdom a better place, there are those outside the kingdom who want him gone.

Nilufer Ozmekik
No! No! No! And for the last time screaming till my throat rips apart: “NOOOOO!!!THIS IS NOT THE RETELLING I’VE DREAMT OF”

I’m die-hard fan of Kiersten White’s retellings. I truly enjoyed “Conqueror saga” (especially third book: Bright We Burn was magnificent. Any fantasy lover should devour this book at one bite!) So as soon as I heard she wrote a retelling about Guinevere and King Arthur, I started doing handsprings but accidentally hit my feet to coffee table but that’s okay, I’m limping like
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
i am the kind of person where, once i find something i really enjoy, i practically obsess over it. and i think my newest obsession is arthurian mythology because, oh my gosh, this story is everything i never knew was missing from my life.

im pretty sure i saw disneys ‘the sword in the stone’ when i was a kid but, beyond that, i know absolutely nothing about merlin, king arthur, camelot, or the knights of the round table. but this story is making me want to drop everything and read anything about
Apr 02, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
While I do like gender bent stories and seeing Guinevere’s perspective as the main protagonist, I found the story to be too slow for my tastes with not enough drama to excite me throughout.
I have next to nothing to say about this book.

Well, except the fact that my reading it single-handedly doubled the global use of the Audible “back 30 seconds” button. I was so bored while listening to it that even though I was doing other things - playing Sims, cleaning, revising my world domination plans - my mind STILL wandered.

It’s that boring.

There’s no plot to be spoken of, unless you count “girl who we are supposed to think is strong and powerful and cool wandering around doing f*ck-all a
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
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Mrs. White? Ma’am I need to know if Guinevere is queer.

Edit: we have confirmation that Guinevere is in fact bi. The gays win once again!
i think i'm just destined to always give 3 stars to kiersten white's books

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2 Stars


I love the Arthurian Legend and snagged this immediately when I saw it as a Book if the Month YA choice. I was really excited at the thought of Guinevere having magical powers and being sent to protect Arthur for once instead of simply being the damsel in a distressful love triangle.

And while I do appreciate the effort made here to make female characters strong and with agency...I felt the Feminist underpinnings and what seems to be the constant need for “representation” in every bo
Mara YA Mood Reader
Where’d my socks go, Kiersten? You knocked them the hell off!
Have you ever seen Merlin the British tv series with Colin Morgan? It’s from 2008 to 2012, an older show but I found it in 2015 on Netflix and all five seasons became my life!

I’ve always been intrigued by Arthurian legend, ever since childhood with Excalibur. But that level of intrigue went to new depths when I discovered Merlin.

Before this, I had only read one other of Kiersten White’s amazing works: The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Fr

I... really liked this?

Okay, don't look at your screen like that. I had practically set myself up for failure, all things considered. I mean, as much as I love Merthur Arthurian Legend, if there's something I can't stand, it's love triangles. And, well, just about everyone's heard of the whole Guinevere-Arthur-Lancelot thing. You know how it goes, Arthur's wife AKA Guinevere falls for Lancelot, drama ensues, people die, the works.

Not to mention, I probably hyped this book up for myself to
As someone who is not super familiar with the Arthur legend besides what is known in pop culture, I’m not sure how this would be received by fans of the legend. This retelling is a mix of nature magic, elemental beings, and some gender-swapping and other twists on the original characters. This did read a little younger than I was expecting as Guinevere is 16 and acts like it with her naivety. She seems to not follow threads that will probably be obvious to most readers. There is a love triangle ...more
Whoo boy, do I have some things to say about this one.

A lot of my friends on Goodreads lamented over the first 80% of this book and thought it picked up at the end. I had the opposite reaction. Because of course I did. I actually loved the beginning of this. I was drawn into the mystery and the intrigue. I have a long attention span, and so I was HERE for the minor details of the time period and setting.

And then the book ended…

Gather round, friends, and settle in for another Feminist Rant That N
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Feb 06, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(This review may contain minor spoilers)

Disclaimer: I am not well equipped with the whole story of King Arthur (other than the general part of it), so take my review with grain and salts.

1) Plot:
Undeniably, this book started slow but I like how the story builds up as it goes. The novel relies on flashbacks and let readers be familiar with Guinevere as a character more than it is by coming up with a compelling plot. Still and all, the relentless riddle will still make you intrigue to continu
Amy Imogene Reads
The Guinevere Deception is a story about women's agency and their role in myth—and cleverly ties together known aspects of the Arthurian legends with some much needed LGBT+ and modern sensibilities.

Pacing: ★★ 1/2
Surprises: ★★★★
Ending: ★★★★

I'm so mad at this book because it does not put its best foot forward. The Guinevere Deception starts out so simplistic, so run-of-the-mill, that it's boring. Boring boring. Skim-worthy, even.

But then, we cross the hump. The second half of this
May 08, 2019 marked it as to-read
just imagine this cover in a hardcover copy
Chelsea Humphrey
BOTM YA choice for November 2019!

*Many thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy.
Sep 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Again, I'm in the minority only this time I like a book that some of my friends seem ambivalent to. To be candid, I have a broad appreciation for Kiersten's style of writing especially her inversion of relationship and gender roles.
Apr 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars

The Guinevere Deception is the first instalment in Kiersten White's new series: Camelot Rising.
This book takes Authorian lore and provides a new twist. Guinevere comes to Camelot to marry Arthur- but she is not the real Guinevere, she is Merlin's daughter, sent to protect King Arthur from an unknown threat.

You definitely do not have to be familiar with the surrounding mythology to enjoy this. Prior to picking up the book, the majority of my knowledge came from that one scene in 'Night
Whitney Atkinson
i'm a bit baffled by how average this turned out to be. it read as really underwritten and i wished we had more explanation of the world for readers unfamiliar with arthurian folklore, as well as general backstory on who this girl is and why she's qualified to be arthur's protector. it wasn't necessarily bad, but nothing unique to boost it past 3 stars. ...more
Cindy ✩☽♔
I think my main problem with this book is it offered up too many questions but provided me with very few answers. And the answers I did get felt lackluster and somehow too easy.

Instead of the intriguing, magical tale, I was promised I got a lukewarm story that never seemed to settle with me properly.

Sad to say, because I am a fan of Ms. White's other works. But this was just not for me.

Guinevere's relationship with Arthur was also a mixed point for me. They clearly value and respect each oth
Kayla Dawn
Mar 01, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This was okay, nothing special.
I liked the magic system and the writing style but the characters and the plot were pretty cliché and the little twist towards the end was very predictable.
Jul 09, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Can Merlin be young and have dark raven hair and adorably large ears?
Ashleigh (a frolic through fiction)
I was sad to give this one a low rating, because it's not particularly bad. It was a nice enough read, with lovely descriptions of Camelot and a fun take on Arthurian legend. But I have to admit, I was expecting something more. Based on legend full with knights, magic, and more, this book felt like it should've been a fast-paced, action-packed, whirlwind of a story but ultimately went by quite slowly. It takes until almost exactly halfway for any real event to happen, and when things do happen, ...more
Does anyone else remember the Whoopi Goldberg film ‘A Knight in Camelot’? ‘First Knight’ with Richard Gere as an American accented Lancelot? Or even that one with Keira Knightley as some kind of weird Celtic warrior version of Guinevere?

Yeah, all of those were better than whatever the hell this was.

The Guinevere Deception is an ‘alternative’ retelling of the Arthurian legend where our heroine Guinevere is a changeling witch who has been sent to Camelot by Merlin to protect King Arthur from an u
OMG I GOT THE ARC! I don’t care if it’s a week before it gets published - I AM EXCITED!


I have received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I also have the physical book and YET I still read the ARC first - props? I think so.

The Guinevere Deception was a wild ride. Honestly, I don't read a lot of king Arthur retellings so I was really excited for this one to come out. After reading it, well.. I'm still secretly screaming for book two. Even though
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The Guinevere Deception

I really liked this book even though I haven’t read the original story of Camelot.
Claude's Bookzone
UPDATE 01/03/2021 - review added

Well that was captivating!

I really enjoyed Kiersten's writing in this novel. It felt soft and flowy and time just flew by. I also think the narrator's voice was quite mesmerising. The story was really engaging and the twists on the original legend of King Arthur were brilliant. I liked that there was both softness and steel in Guinevere and I am excited for book 2!

UPDATE 27/02/2021 - Rereading in preparation for reading book 2!
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Kiersten White is the #1 New York Times bestselling, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of many books, including the And I Darken series, The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein, Star Wars: Padawan, the Sinister Summer series, and HIDE. She lives with her family near the ocean in San Diego, where they obsessively care for their deeply ambivalent tortoise. Visit Kiersten online at ...more

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