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The Guinevere Deception: 1 (Camelot Rising Trilogy) Paperback – Import, 13 October 2020

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"An enjoyable and even thoughtful entry into a mythos that has obsessed us for generations." —NPR

“Spellbinding,… Unique and refreshing” Hypable


“A fresh take on Camelot . . .  this should be another hit.” Booklist


“An acclaimed master of the female-centric retelling turns her hand to Arthuriana . . More diverse than many Camelot representations, this is a retelling designed for a modern audience more interested in people than battles and more intrigued by identity and affection than honor and questing. A promising series opener.”—Kirkus Reviews

“With immersive prose, White captures the spirit of Arthurian legend while adding diversity and a bit of powerful feminist flair in this appealing series opener…. Leaves much to be explored in future installments.” —Publishers Weekly

“First in a series, this fantasy novel will appeal to fans familiar with stories of Arthur, and provides an introduction to those unfamiliar…. Full of battling knights and romance, this is a must.” —School Library Journal


“Readers will be dying to fill in the gaps of Guinevere’s memory and to continue the atmospheric adventure in this Arthurian retelling.” Bulletin 





About the Author

KIERSTEN WHITE is the New York Times bestselling author of The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein, the Slayer series, the And I Darken trilogy, and many more novels. She lives with her family near the ocean in San Diego, which, in spite of its perfection, spurs her to dream of faraway places and even further-away times.

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  • Publisher : Ember (13 October 2020)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 352 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0525581707
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0525581703
  • Reading age : 12 - 17 years
  • Item Weight : 272 g
  • Dimensions : 13.87 x 1.91 x 20.96 cm
  • Customer Reviews:
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Reviewed in India on 25 April 2020
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cannot wait for the next book in the trilogy!
By The Urban Reader on 21 May 2020
I'd like to begin by telling you all how much I enjoyed reading this book! The last couple of fantasy books which I had read made me feel too old to be reading this genre, but The Guinevere Deception turned that around for me and reminded me why fantasy books are downright fabulous!
The Guinevere Deception by Kiersten White is the first book in the Camelot Rising trilogy which is a reimagining of the Arthurian Legends. Now, all those who are familiar with the Arthurian legend through either literary history, other works of fiction or have seen the popular Netflix show The Adventures of Merlin, will be able to relate to the characters a lot and will also be able to predict some of the plot twists.
Initially, the book introduces a few key characters, namely Guinevere, Merlin, Mordred, Brangien and of course King Arthur. Guinevere is the daughter of Merlin who is married off to Arthur with the mission to save him and Camelot from dark magic! The story is quite interesting right from the start as a few stereotypical suspicions get busted early on.
As the story progresses you will find yourself questioning the loyalty of every character which is introduced, sometimes so much that it might as well leave you feeling frustrated. The best part about the book for me was that there was never any suspence for the sake of it. It's fast paced and smooth narrative held my attention the entire time.
Now let's talk about the relationship shared between Guinevere and King Arthur. Initially, I loved them. I was even hoping for more to happen, but their romance was a bit too tame for me. I was as disappointed as Guinevere to realize that it wasn't easy revolving around someone who didn't revolve around her. The wait for something more to happen even made me more hopeful for Mordred and Guinevere to eventually share a romantic relationship. Arthur's cousin, Mordred is a complex character about whom I loved reading thoroughly, I won't ruin it for any of you but I still can't make up my mind about him.
For me, more than the story, this book was about exploring the complex characters which are not just one-dimensional. Some are both strong and weak, some are clever and foolish, and some are in love and yet they play it safe. The book played a fine balance between two ends of a spectrum but left me longing for some extreme wild restive passion. Guinevere's character is shown to be determined, as someone who doesn't quit. This was more than a welcome change for me as a reader given some of the books I have read lately. Her most intriguing characteristic is that she turns her sadness into determination and doesn't allow it to hold her. Lancelot was the only character who unabashedly did everything she could to be where she wanted, she had the craziness I was wishing for in Guinevere. Her strength, persistence and fire to become a knight is inspiring!
The story with its modern twists also had a pinch of LGBTQ+ and didn't back off from repeatedly reminding it's readers that there was nothing in the world as magical and terrifying as a girl. Some revelations about Merlin has me rattled while the interludes of Merlin's arch nemesis the Dark Queen kept the story interesting throughout.
The magical element in the story was also disappointing because they were of Merlin-esque epicness. The book continuously fiddles with the fact that there is so much space in between the two poles of good and bad. This narrative element feels perfect for the empathetic souls.
There are many questions still unanswered with a hope for some strong character build up in The Camelot Betrayal coming out this November. I rate this book 3.5 out of 5 bookmarks being extremely hopeful that White has saved the best for the next two books in the trilogy!
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Reviewed in India on 5 March 2020
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4.0 out of 5 stars cute
By Shreya || reydiantreads@ig on 5 March 2020
one word : cute (ʃƪ^ᴗ^)

This was my first Kiersten White book and I'm so sad to admit that it would have completely slipped past my radar had I not received it in a book box.

Guinevere Deception is simple, well written and it draws you in beautifully. There's a lot to like in the book, Lancelot will be a surprise if you're familiar with Aurthurian legend and also the fact that Mordred is King Aurthur's cousin ( Thank God ).

But for me the standout was the cutesy budding romance between Aurthur and Guinevere. I smiled like a loon all through their scenes together. This is truly the stuff I like, nothing too obvious but the hints are there and the readers are tying themselves in knots over it and the slow burn, oh the slow burn.

Guinevere is not your incapable damsel in distress YA heroine, she has agency. A good chunk of the book is the direct consequence of her actions which she deals with along with other characters. She's so proactive. I love that. Aurthur is just so nice okay, so very nice and respectful, he's a proper gentleman. He gives her space. He exists in his own space, he's good and kind and wants to protect Guinevere and it's all so cute and lovely.

They are definitely going to play with my heart with all the slow burn romance but I'm happy to let them !

well my only complaint was that nothing much happened plot wise, a lot it was just setup and establishment for things to come in the next two books but that didn't deter my enjoyment of it at all.
Camelot Betrayal can't come out quick enough !!
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