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eARC The Camelot Betrayal

[A quick note: I was given this book through NetGalley. A big thank you to NetGalley and Random House Childrenโ€™s for this eARC in exchange for my honest review. I was nervous about this one, but I am so happy with how it turned out. Overall, I really enjoyed it! It took me a little longer to read, since my friend was visiting so I didnโ€™t do a ton of reading while she was here. Oh, and that cover?! How gorgeous!]

โ€œ๐—•๐˜‚๐˜ ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ผ๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—บ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ถ๐—ฟ ๐˜„๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜€๐˜ ๐—ถ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐˜‚๐—น๐˜€๐—ฒ๐˜€. ๐—”๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—š๐˜‚๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ณ ๐˜„๐—ฎ๐˜€ ๐—ป๐—ผ๐˜ ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ป๐—ผ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜.โ€โ€”Kiersten White

Guinevere has accepted her role as queen. Her relationship with Arthur is growing, but her feelings for Mordrid leave her confused. Worse still, the decisions she makes for her people leave a trail of casualties behind her. When a girl arrives in Camelot claiming to be her sister, she is convinced that Camelot is under attack from within. Can she get to the bottom of Guinevachโ€™s true identity before Camelot falls to her charms?

The Camelot Betrayal is rich with internal conflict. Guinevere struggles with her true identity, her lack of memory, and the consequences of her decisions. She struggles with blame because of what she did in the previous book. Overall, this story is everything I love from a traditional fantasy. Knights, kings and queens, political intrigue, adventure, quests. But also romance and deception. It checks all the boxes.

โ€œ๐‘ป๐’‰๐’‚๐’• ๐’˜๐’‚๐’” ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’๐’•๐’‰๐’†๐’“ ๐’๐’Š๐’† ๐’๐’‡ ๐’”๐’•๐’๐’“๐’Š๐’†๐’”. ๐‘ฌ๐’—๐’†๐’ ๐’Š๐’‡ ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’”๐’•๐’๐’“๐’š ๐’˜๐’‚๐’” ๐’•๐’๐’๐’… ๐’•๐’“๐’–๐’†, ๐’Š๐’• ๐’๐’†๐’—๐’†๐’“ ๐’•๐’‚๐’๐’Œ๐’†๐’… ๐’‚๐’ƒ๐’๐’–๐’•๐’˜๐’‰๐’‚๐’• ๐’‰๐’‚๐’‘๐’‘๐’†๐’๐’†๐’… ๐’‚๐’‡๐’•๐’†๐’“ ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’’๐’–๐’†๐’”๐’•. ๐‘จ๐’ƒ๐’๐’–๐’• ๐’‚๐’๐’ ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’˜๐’๐’–๐’๐’…๐’”โ€”๐’—๐’Š๐’”๐’Š๐’ƒ๐’๐’† ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐’๐’•๐’‰๐’†๐’“๐’˜๐’Š๐’”๐’†โ€”๐’•๐’‰๐’‚๐’•๐’๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ๐’†๐’“๐’†๐’… ๐’๐’๐’๐’ˆ ๐’‚๐’‡๐’•๐’†๐’“ ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’๐’†๐’‚๐’• ๐’„๐’๐’๐’”๐’† ๐’๐’‡ ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’•๐’‚๐’๐’†.โ€

While magic isnโ€™t heavy in this book, I still really love the magical system and world building. Guinevereโ€™s knot magic is so creative and she finds ways to use it in many different circumstances. Especially when it comes to aiding her in her quests.

Once again, I loved the genderbending qualities of this story. Lancelot is still one of my favorite characters. I appreciated Guinevereโ€™s ability to take matters into her own hands. She doesnโ€™t need her husband to save her, nor does she expect or wait for him to. Sometimes to a fault, as we see with the lasting consequences of her decisions.

I also appreciated that we began to see some flaws from Arthur. He will do anything for Camelot. But he also allows emotions to blind him. This comes full circle at the end of the book when his emotions are used against him.

That being said, the story ended on a cliffhanger. I have mixed feelings about that because it was frustrating but it also hints at the potential to come. The entire book, Guinevere struggles with her identity. She has so many questions. With this ending, she is finally in a place where sheโ€™s going to discover who she really is. We are FINALLY going to get answers! But the wait is going to kill me. ๐— ๐—ฌ ๐—ฅ๐—”๐—ง๐—œ๐—ก๐—š: ๐Ÿฐ/๐Ÿฑ


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