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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 Children’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 didn’t do a ton of reading while she was here. Oh, and that cover?! How gorgeous!]

“𝗕𝘂𝘁 𝗽𝗲𝗼𝗽𝗹𝗲 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗺𝗼𝗿𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗶𝗿 𝘄𝗼𝗿𝘀𝘁 𝗶𝗺𝗽𝘂𝗹𝘀𝗲𝘀. 𝗔𝗻𝗱 𝗚𝘂𝗶𝗻𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝗵𝗲𝗿𝘀𝗲𝗹𝗳 𝘄𝗮𝘀 𝗻𝗼𝘁 𝗶𝗻𝗻𝗼𝗰𝗲𝗻𝘁.”—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 Guinevach’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.

“𝑻𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒘𝒂𝒔 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒐𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒓 𝒍𝒊𝒆 𝒐𝒇 𝒔𝒕𝒐𝒓𝒊𝒆𝒔. 𝑬𝒗𝒆𝒏 𝒊𝒇 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒔𝒕𝒐𝒓𝒚 𝒘𝒂𝒔 𝒕𝒐𝒍𝒅 𝒕𝒓𝒖𝒆, 𝒊𝒕 𝒏𝒆𝒗𝒆𝒓 𝒕𝒂𝒍𝒌𝒆𝒅 𝒂𝒃𝒐𝒖𝒕𝒘𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒉𝒂𝒑𝒑𝒆𝒏𝒆𝒅 𝒂𝒇𝒕𝒆𝒓 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒒𝒖𝒆𝒔𝒕. 𝑨𝒃𝒐𝒖𝒕 𝒂𝒍𝒍 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒘𝒐𝒖𝒏𝒅𝒔—𝒗𝒊𝒔𝒊𝒃𝒍𝒆 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒐𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒓𝒘𝒊𝒔𝒆—𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕𝒍𝒊𝒏𝒈𝒆𝒓𝒆𝒅 𝒍𝒐𝒏𝒈 𝒂𝒇𝒕𝒆𝒓 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒏𝒆𝒂𝒕 𝒄𝒍𝒐𝒔𝒆 𝒐𝒇 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒕𝒂𝒍𝒆.”

While magic isn’t heavy in this book, I still really love the magical system and world building. Guinevere’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 Guinevere’s ability to take matters into her own hands. She doesn’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 she’s going to discover who she really is. We are FINALLY going to get answers! But the wait is going to kill me. 𝗠𝗬 𝗥𝗔𝗧𝗜𝗡𝗚: 𝟰/𝟱

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