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The Guinevere Deception



[A quick note: I read this one because I got approved on NetGalley to read the sequel. It was pretty last minute so I had to power through it. While it has been on my TBR forever, this kind of forced me to move it forward. This is a used copy I got on ABEbooks.com and I had my husband clean it up a little by spraying the edges gold. So now it feels like a one of a kind. Isnโ€™t she beautiful?!]


โ€œ๐—›๐—ฒ ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ธ๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐˜€๐˜‚๐—ป. ๐—ช๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฐ๐˜‚๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚, ๐—ฒ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜†๐˜๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ฏ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ต๐˜ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐˜„๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—บ. ๐—˜๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜†๐˜๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐˜€๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ฏ๐—น๐—ฒ. ๐—•๐˜‚๐˜ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—ฏ๐—น๐—ฒ๐—บ ๐˜„๐—ถ๐˜๐—ต ๐—ธ๐—ป๐—ผ๐˜„๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐˜„๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—บ๐˜๐—ต ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐˜€๐˜‚๐—ป ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ต๐—ผ๐˜„ ๐—ธ๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—น๐˜† ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚ ๐—ณ๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—น ๐—ถ๐˜๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐—ฏ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐˜„๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐—ถ๐˜ ๐˜€๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐—ฒ๐—น๐˜€๐—ฒ๐˜„๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ. ๐—”๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ฎ ๐—ธ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—บ๐˜‚๐˜€๐˜ ๐—ฎ๐—น๐˜„๐—ฎ๐˜†๐˜€ ๐˜€๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฒ ๐—ฒ๐—น๐˜€๐—ฒ๐˜„๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ.โ€โ€”Kiersten White


Guinevere has been sent to Camelot on a secret mission: protect King Arthur under the guise of Camelotโ€™s queen. Her secrets are a small price if it means protecting Arthur from a new threat looming on the borders. Magic has been banished from Camelot, along with Merlin, but its darkness is fighting to regain footing. Guinevere might be the only hope Camelot has left, or she might just be its undoing.

This was EVERYTHING I wanted out of a King Arthur story. And FINALLY! A story rich with female heroes who donโ€™t always need men to save them. I loved the show of female strength. But what I loved most was Lancelotโ€™s being a woman. This gender bending concept was awesome. Overall, this Arthurian retelling was true to its roots in many ways, but offered a fresh take on the legend. It managed to trick even me! Yet, it still had all the makings of the story we love. Struggles between good and evil, duty and honor, deep seated betrayal, difficult decisions, and more. I found myself surprised by how much I enjoyed Guinevereโ€™s plight.


The female characters in this story were a welcome change. Instead of a story centered around Arthurโ€™s knights saving the day, we see key women stepping up to the plate. I canโ€™t begin to tell you how refreshing this was. Guinevere went to Camelot with one purpose: protect King Arthur. This was her calling, prompted by Merlin. She was ready to do whatever necessary to protect him, even if it meant giving her own life for the future of Camelot. She was NOT a damsel in distress. She never expected to be saved by men like Arthur, even when she needed saving the most. Thank goodness there were other women who DID save her.

โ€œ๐—ฃ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—บ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—พ๐˜‚๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—น๐˜† ๐—ฑ๐˜‚๐˜๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐˜„๐—ฎ๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—บ๐—ผ๐˜€๐˜ ๐—ฎ๐˜€ ๐—ฒ๐˜…๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜‚๐˜€๐˜๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ฎ๐˜€ ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—บ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ด๐—ถ๐—ฐ. ๐—ช๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ฟ๐˜‚๐—น๐˜† ๐˜„๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ด๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ด๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ. ๐—”๐—น๐—น ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐˜€๐˜‚๐—ฏ๐˜๐—น๐—ฒ ๐—ด๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐˜† ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ฑ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ฎ๐˜†, ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐˜„๐—ฎ๐˜†๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐˜† ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐˜„๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ณ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—บ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ผ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—บ! ๐—ฆ๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ฑ ๐—บ๐˜‚๐—ฐ๐—ต ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ.โ€

And then there was the magic. While it wasnโ€™t a hugely fleshed out aspect, there was creativity. I loved the idea that knots could possess magic, and used for various types of spells like protection and confusion. Something so simple that fit so well with the medieval times setting. So cool!

The other great thing in this story is the famous betrayal. Dun dun dun!!! What would the story of King Arthur be without betrayal?! It is so necessary. I kept waiting for it to happen. Eventually, I thought it might not. Part of me didnโ€™t want it to, either, because the character I suspected was one I was really fond of. But when it did, I was caught off guard. I both cursed and applauded.

All in all, this wasnโ€™t what I would consider โ€œepicโ€ fantasy, as there werenโ€™t layers upon layers of world building, magic development, plot, characters, etc. It was definitely more of a traditional fantasy feel. My only qualm was that the first half moved a little slow at times, but the writing itself was so poetic in places, that it didnโ€™t matter much. I enjoyed Kiersten Whiteโ€™s story voice and prose. Now Iโ€™m ready to dive into the second book, and quite excited to see how Guinevere and Arthur handle the new dangers coming their way. ๐— ๐—ฌ ๐—ฅ๐—”๐—ง๐—œ๐—ก๐—š: ๐Ÿฐ/๐Ÿฑโญ๏ธ

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