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The Camelot Betrayal

(Camelot Rising #2)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  2,522 ratings  ·  700 reviews
The second book in a new fantasy trilogy from New York Times bestselling author Kiersten White, exploring the nature of self, the inevitable cost of progress, and, of course, magic and romance and betrayal so epic Queen Guinevere remains the most famous queen who never lived.

EVERYTHING IS AS IT SHOULD BE IN CAMELOT: King Arthur is expanding his kingdom’s influence with Que
ebook, 370 pages
Published November 10th 2020 by Delacorte Press
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Razaele Manales a big fat NO. I'm guessing everything would unfold in the third book.

a big fat NO. I'm guessing everything would unfold in the third book.

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Razaele Same! I actually read the last part for like 5 times just so my small brain could comprehend

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Nov 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this book is pretty much filler, but i personally wouldnt label it as ‘second book syndrome.’

i think a lot of that has to do with the content. even though it doesnt necessarily progress the plot (this is just a side quest and some new characters) until the very end, im so obsessed with arthurian myth that i could read 400 more pages of filler and still be happy with it.

again, i love the creative liberties KW has taken with the original story. i enjoyed the expansion from the foundation laid in
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
3.5 Stars

I love Guinevere and her knight, Sir Lancelot’s, relationship. They have such a strong friendship and I have to keep telling myself Lancelot is a woman as we all know Lancelot was a man. I think this made the friendship even stronger.

I have love/hate feeling about Guinevere and Author’s relationship. I love them both as people of course, but there are just ...things. I happen to like Mordred unless he does something bad in the next book.

I feel that Guinevere is slowly growing into he
Nilufer Ozmekik
Oct 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
I knew deep in my guts the second installment of the series will be so much better just like I knew I shouldn’t drive to another state for six hours for finding a theater to watch “ Tenet” or I shouldn’t try flying kick move I watched at Cobra Kai.

Anyways lessons are already learned. And after the cliffhanger of the first book, I was expecting something more action packed, giving more answers about the identity of Guinevere so I was truly excited to dive into this adventure. And I can honestly
Helena of Eretz ✰
I received this complimentary ARC from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.


I LOVED THIS!!! This was such an improvement over the previous book and that’s taking into consideration that I really enjoyed that one, too! 💙

Guinevere still remains unsure of who she is and what her place is and who she can trust. She’s full of questions, yet surrounded by people who don’t seem to have any of the answers that she seeks. I, personally, really enjoyed her character growth in this book, as well
Mar 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: f-f, 5-stars-2020
Guinevere is such a bad bitch no I will not elaborate
Update: A COVER!!!

My eyes hurt, it is so BEAUTIFUL!!!



Dear Kiersten,

Please send me a copy of this book at your earliest convenience.

Best Personal Regards,



P.S. I don't mean to seem pushy but I MUST REALLY NEED to find out what happens!
alana ♡
I really loved the first book and was looking forward to picking this one up. While I did enjoy this a lot of it felt like filler up until the end of the story. Either way I'm looking forward to see how this will end and will continue to read any kind of retelling Kiersten White is willing to write! ...more
Mara YA Mood Reader
Dec 18, 2019 rated it liked it
11/27/2020: Solid 3 stars. Suffers from second book syndrome with lots of plot and character building still happening as in a first installment and less of plot advancement.

But the ending finally picked up enough that I am looking forward to the third installment and what seems like will be much more Mordred than in book 2!

2/20/2020: We’ve got a cover! I don’t care much for it, I only care to know when I can preorder!

12/18/2019: Coming for you Kiersten!!
♠ TABI⁷ ♠
'Magic always had a price, paid now or paid later.'


accurate rating: 4.5 stars

(may be mild spoilers via scattered opinions in the review . . . )

Well, I'm glad I had an ARC of this to slide right into! Because this was a stunning follow-up to its predecessor The Guinevere Deception, staying in-stride with the same level of intrigue, tension, CONFUSION, lore, mystery and magic. However, I had to begrudgingly detract a bit from my rating, all thanks to King Arthur the Cardboard. I'm sorry, but no am
Nov 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
After THAT ending, I need this book ASAP. I need more of everyone, but especially those sweet G/Arthur moments. Gahhh....I ship them so hard.

Wow...what just happened??

I will admit, when I started reading this one I wasn't sure if I was going to like it as much as the first book. It seemed to start off a little slow and the main conflict seemed to be a little girl, but then the story picked up and just ran. I couldn't put it down.

What I really enjoyed about this book was how we got to learn more about pretty much every character. And even better, White took everything we thought we knew and turned it all around. Now I have no idea wha
Nov 12, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Actual Rating: 2.5 stars

The Camelot Betrayal was very much a mixed bag for me. I was bored to tears for the first 65-70% of the book, and then with the introduction of a new character (Guinevere's "sister") things got much more interesting. A lot happens in the first part of the book, but it doesn't really move the story forward and I just struggled to care about any of it. Part of this is that Guinevere is such a bland character and lacks personality, so when we don't have more interesting char
Melanie (mells_view)
Mar 01, 2020 rated it really liked it

“Life that could turn to death with a shift of the wind. Unpredictable and brilliant and beautiful and terrible.”

I dove into The Camelot Betrayal excited for the love square, and to finally get some answers about Guinevere, not Guinevere. Unfortunately I feel like the love square lost the edge of my favorite angle 🤣, and I think we have even more questions about who Guinevere is. That’s not to say I’m not longer intrigued, because the potential triangle that is left really was built in this
Caidyn (he/him/his)
I received an ARC through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review!

CW: physical abuse, emotional abuse, violence, and misogyny

What a great sequel! I've been anticipating it since I finished reading the first book and I'm so grateful for the ARC! I didn't want to wait until November for it to come out.

The story picks up where it left off with the fallout of the first book. As usual, I'm dancing around things for sequels because I don't want to spoil anyone's enjoyment of the first book. What I
Sheena ☆ Oh, the Sheenanigans!

There wasn't much improvement with this sequel. I am still not a fan of Guinevere. She is terribly naive and I did not agree with almost all her decisions which saddens me because I thought for sure she would grow on me with the sequel but nah. It just didn't happen and that is okay. It's obviously this isn't for everyone and I am left unsure if I will read from this author again in the future. I think the only positive was the strong friendship and connection between the Q
Nov 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"There are many ways to be special."

I don't really know where to start this review. I really liked this book and I am totally here for what the ending promises for the next installment (right now I don't even dare check if there's a release date yet or something because this beauty right here hasn't been out that long).
I loved the pieces of the book in which Brangien and Isolde played bigger parts and Lancelot definetly deserves better than what she gets. I understand why Guinevere chose to
Celia McMahon
Oct 06, 2020 rated it liked it
Thank you, NetGalley for the e-arc.

In this sequel, we find Guinevere still unsure of herself, her relationship with Arthur, and her attraction to Mordred. After the events of the first book, I was so excited to see some character development and some serious antagonists. Alas, I was underwhelmed.

The pacing, for one, was way off. So much in fact that I felt jarred at the way this book was all over the place. I had no idea was the main plotline was; if there was one, it got lost in all the random.
Emily (emilykatereads)
*waves grabby hands at this book despite having absolutely no info on it other than it's the sequel* ...more
Kate (BloggingwithDragons)
Actual rating : 2.5 stars

Following my reading of The Guinevere Deception , I pre-ordered The Camelot Betrayal immediately.  I may have read The Camelot Betrayal entirely in one sitting, but I didn’t think it was as strong of a novel as its predecessor. Mainly, I found myself disappointed in Guinevere and Lancelot’s development in this novel, and that the directions the story went in were often very odd, disjointed, and anticlimactic. What's more, is that the novel couldn't seem to decide whet
Nov 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
4 stars

You can read all of my reviews at Nerd Girl Loves Books.

This is the second book in the exciting YA Fantasy series and it does not disappoint. The book delves deeper into Guinevere's role in Camelot. To complicate matters, the real Guinevere's younger sister shows up in Camelot and refuses to leave.

Guinevere goes on adventures in this book, which brings her closer to her maid Brangien and her knight Lancelot. Her relationships with both are tested, and come out stronger in the end. I real
ShanShan ✨
Dec 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I devoured this in one day. My hopes are high for Guinevere and Mordred 🙏🏼 There is zero chemistry between her and Arthur. Besides Mordred sounds way more hot 😍😂 The wait for the next book is going to be a struggle.
Eva B.
Apr 27, 2020 marked it as to-read
Is that still Guinevere on the cover? She looks really different from the first one.
Nov 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another five star book. Sequel to The Guinevere Deception, we find ourselves once more in Camelot trying to find answers and defend our beloved characters. Who is good? Are the bad guys REALLY the bad guys? What is real?!? And then, just as the action is really going you realize there has to be a third book. Because this one is over. THIS IS WHY I DON'T READ SERIES THAT ARE NOT COMPLETE! And so, I will sit back and impatiently wait for the next book. ...more
Isabel ✰
I wanted...more from this?

I feel like it suffered a little bit from middle book syndrome, because I felt like there wasn't a good purpose? I can tell we're gearing up for something and I enjoyed the smaller "side-quest" type plotlines that happened in this book, but ultimately there wasn't much of a climax because White was so committed to the cliffhanger. I struggled a little bit to pull myself back from skimming and while I am also enjoying the ongoing mystery surrounding Guinevere's identity
This book was a whole lot better than the first one, mostly because Guinevere was better as a character. It also helped that the love triangle? square? pentagon? was almost completely gone. A lot of the book was completely unnecessary though.
I was kind of confused at what was happening at the beginning of the book since the only thing that I remembered about The Guinevere Deception was the ending (view spoiler) The book as a whole was
rachel ☾
#1) The Guinevere Deception ★★★½☆

please let guinevere x lancelot become canon 🙏

Trigger warnings for (view spoiler)
Leah Waters
Jan 04, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-fantasy, dnf
DNF at page 115. I just don't care enough to continue, which is too bad because I really loved book 1. ...more
Nov 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
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ARC provided by Random House Children's through NetGalley.

3.5 stars ✨

The Camelot Betrayal takes place shortly after the events of the end of The Guinevere Deception and it was surprising how easily I was able to fall back into the world of Camelot and this story. This book focused a lot on Guinevere and her character development and I was 100% here for it.

Guinevere continues to struggle to figure out how she belongs in Camelot and her place as Queen. Thro
lobelyys (tired af)
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Nov 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
I only read brief excerpt not a full book review.
It seem that Gweiniver is growing up. I saw some maturity in her character that made her more interesting. Her friendship with Lancelot is strong. I'm not sure about Arthur, he's such a dud relationship wise (IMHO) what about this other guy ? We shall see. I can't wait to get my hands on the whole book
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Kiersten White is the New York Times bestselling author of many books for teens and young readers, including And I Darken, Now I Rise, Bright We Burn, The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein, and Slayer. She lives with her family near the ocean in San Diego, where she perpetually lurks in the shadows. Visit Kiersten online at and follow @KierstenWhite on Twitter.

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