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The Guinevere Deception

(Camelot Rising #1)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  720 ratings  ·  402 reviews
From New York Times bestselling author Kiersten White comes a new fantasy series reimagining the Arthurian legend, set in the magical world of Camelot.

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 wi
Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Published November 5th 2019 by Delacorte Press
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Chaima ✨ شيماء
(jolts up awake) OH SHIT Kiersten White, queen of retellings, is writing a reimagining of the Arthurian legend and it's coming out this year!!!!!!!!
Helena of Eretz ✰
I received this complimentary ARC from the publisher, courtesy of NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.


OMG OMG OMG!!! Arthurian mythology is what I was raised on! And by Kiersten White?! 😱 SIGN ME THE HECK UP!!!

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 this one didn't work for me. I love Ar
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 them
There is a magic within her, a power, that even she has yet to find the limit of.

In its opening pages, we find an unsure Princess Guinevere arriving in Camelot for the first time. Sent there to marry King Arthur, all she knows of him are what the legends tell. For he is a great man, the greatest, the one to pull the sword from the stone.

While it is true, he is a g
Val ⚓️ Shameless Non-Snowflake ⚓️
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 “representat
Chelsea Humphrey
BOTM YA choice for November 2019!

*Many thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy.
Amy Imogene Reads
This is a 4 star ending trapped behind a 2 star first half.

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—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 hal/>/>/>/>
May 08, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
just imagine this cover in a hardcover copy
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?
ELLIAS (elliasreads)

AN ARTHURIAN RETELLING???!?!?!!?!?!!??!?!?!?!!?!

ASDA1@#!@SDKSD)()$*#FGH!@#!#)!@#AKSDLJASDKAS:D.!@#_!(@)_!@)#Y!@(#)!* )!D:SFK

my poor broke college ass will drop out because im going to be fucking screwed over by all these AMAZING NEW 2019 RELEASES!!!!
Sophie "Beware Of The Reader"
4,5 « jigsaw puzzle » stars


I love Kiersten White’s « The Conquerors saga” and when I learned that she had a release planned about Arthurian legend, I was over the moon.

Then, I saw many disappointed reviews and began to stress….


Well maybe I am easy to please or I roll with the flow but I had a great time reading!

This was read in one day while I kept falling asleep not out of boredom but because I had the flu. Every time my eyes drooped I was so frustrated as I wanted to keep reading! That in my standards is a good read!


The Guinevere Deceptiread!
Megan ❀
dnf at 98 pages

Listen, NO ONE is more upset than me about this. Kiersten White's And I Darken is one of my favorite books, so naturally I was absolutely ecstatic about a new retelling trilogy from her. But after 100 pages of The Guinevere Deception, the only feeling I have towards the book is overwhelming boredom.

I don't mind slow reads. I know some people don't like them, but I have no issue with them as long as there's something to keep intrigued - be it the characters, atmosphere, world-building, or even a re
Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔
Certainly not my favorite work by Ms. White

*Review to come*
Melanie (mells_view)
There was good, and there was evil, but there was so much space between the two.

Ok. So before reading this one I read some of the negative reviews, so I was mentally prepared for the first parts of the story to be slow rolling. And it was exactly that, slow slow rolling. But oddly, I enjoyed it. I am someone who does NOT usually enjoy so much building of a retelling world, but this is sort of an alt universe Camelot, so there was a bit of building that was necessary. It definitely picks up
Alexandra Elend Wolf
This cover is beautiful so beautiful.

I just want to stare at it all day.

Isn't it crazy how I keep adding Kristen White's books to my tbr when I haven't read a single one? A little bit. But, hey! They all sound amazing! And I keep swearing that I'll find time to read them soon 😅

Also, White's personality? Love her! I think her sense of humor is just like mine. And yes, I'll keep adding her books to my tbr just because of that. I don't feel as
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 l
Thoroughly enjoyed this!
Nicki Chapelway
I don't even tend to like Kiersten White books, but the second she said Arthurian mythology with changelings... I was on board.
Mercedes Roth
**I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.**

Actual Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Stars
Recommend: Maybe

This breaks my heart a little bit, I'm not gonna lie. I truly love Kiersten White, she is one of my favorite authors, so when I heard about a Camelot retelling that painted Guinevere in a hero light? Well, I immediately added it to my TBR and impatiently waited for its release day then sque
Mar 06, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
My heart is so happy right now.
Oct 30, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
OMG I GOT THE ARC! I don’t care if it’s a week before it gets published - I AM EXCITED!
Yusra  ✨
Apr 30, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I literally could not care if there isn’t a title, synopsis, cover, nothing. I WANT THIS NOW
Wendy ⏃: ✦Cheeky Chicks Blogger✦
3.5 STARS!

The Guinevere Deception was my first book by Kiersten White and it took a different direction than I thought it would. Kiersten gives the King Arthur legends an unexpected twist that will leave you wanting more from the last page. Also, let's note that the cover of this novel is absolutely stunning!

Though the story had a bit of a slow start, I was immediately intrigued by Guinevere and Mordred's chemistry. Guinevere is sixteen and has been raised in a convent. She leaves home to wed King Arthur; howe/>The
Tracy (Cornerfolds)
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Actual rating: 4.5 stars

As you may know if you have visited my blog in the past, I am obsessed with the And I Darken series by Kiersten White! When I saw she was writing a book based on the King Arthur legends I knew I had to have a copy! I didn't know much about this book going into it and I never could have prepared for what I got.

This story begins as Princess Guinevere is entering Camelot for the first time, only she isn't Guinevere at all. She has/>Actual
Caidyn (SEMI-HIATUS; BW Reviews; he/him/his)

CW: kidnapping, physical assault, and (well) deception

The reason I decided to request this one is because I love Arthurian mythology. While I don't always love the retellings, I'm a sucker for at least trying them. And I was pleasantly surprised by this one!

Arthur is king. Merlin is gone. Guinevere is coming to marry Arthur. Except she's not who she says she is. She's there to protect him, to keep him safe now that Merlin's left the scene. And, she's magical. Camelot
Nov 14, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, fairy-tale, fantasy
Camelot has kicked out Merlin, and moved into a magic free zone. It is forbidden to use magic inside the borders. Arthur is under some sort of danger so he must marry a protector (Guinevere) disguised as his bride. This protector is a magical person and King Arthur knows. So what is going on ?
Guinevere who isn’t Guinevere is sent to save the King. She must protect him from what ? she doesn’t know, how would she do this saving ? She doesn’t know. She doesn’t know a lot. Merlin her father bu
The Guinevere Deception is one of those slow starting but suddenly you find yourself completely reeled in.

Kiersten White has a completely new take on the magic, mystery and fable that is King Arthur's tale. The focus is on Guinevere, or a woman that is impersonating the true Guinevere. This story begins with a young woman traveling across the enchanted lands, taking the place of Arthur’s deceased bride Guinevere. She has been raised and sent by Merlin, who has been banished from Camelot, but
Emily (emilykatereads)
"There was good, and there was evil, but there was so much space between the two."

There's something hauntingly beautiful about Kiersten White's writing This story is unlike her recent ones, and we take a step away from the darkness we normally see. We follow Guinevere into the legend of King Arthur, and we're introduced to a beautifully written cast of characters and a re-imaging of the story unlike any I've yet to see. Guinevere isn't Guinevere, she's a changeling. And she's sent by Merlin to protect Arthu/>There's
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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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