Guinevere Deception Bk 1 C/F
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Princess Guinevere has come to Camelot to wed a stranger: the charismatic King Arthur. With magic clawing at the kingdom's borders, the great wizard Merlin conjured a solution--send in Guinevere to be Arthur's wife . . . and his protector from those who want to see the young king's idyllic city fail. The catch? Guinevere's real name--and her true identity--is a secret. She is a changeling, a girl who has given up everything to protect Camelot.
To keep Arthur safe, Guinevere must navigate a court in which the old--including Arthur's own family--demand things continue as they have been, and the new--those drawn by the dream of Camelot--fight for a better way to live. And always, in the green hearts of forests and the black depths of lakes, magic lies in wait to reclaim the land. Arthur's knights believe they are strong enough to face any threat, but Guinevere knows it will take more than swords to keep Camelot free.
Age Group : Ages 12-18
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REVIEW FROM MY BLOG ON INSTAGRAM (book_ventures96)
This book was a joy to read. I know the Arthurian legend but this is my first actual exposure to a book based on it. @authorkierstenwhite took the legend and made it entirely her own. This is not a retelling, it’s a reimagining and I appreciate that. Mostly retellings would be exactly that; the author retelling the story with new characters and not changing much at all. Let me tell you I am not a big fan of that. But White takes these old stories and she retells them with a female protagonist and I am HERE for it. She knows how to write a feminist book without it being thrown in your face. Or without reminding us repeatedly that the writer supports feminism. White does this in subtle way, as it should be.
We learn about Camelot through Guinevere’s eye and it sounds like a wonderful place to be. Its this medical setting that is slowly breaking out of its walls and embracing modernism. There is a certain timelessness about Camelot, its like a city witnessing one passing of decade to another. I think that's one reason why its such a fascinating setting. And what contributes to Camelot's distinctiveness is the king itself.
The book romanticizes kindness and Arthur’s goodness is something that enchants not just Guinevere but the readers. This book does justice to feminism without being on your face, and it achieves this by introducing Lancelot, the First Lady knight in Arthur’s court. Did I fan girl? Hell yes! Another character worth the mention is Mordred and I know I’m not suppose to root for him but I can get behind a goal oriented character like him. I loved how despite what happened at the end, we learn that his feelings for Guinevere were sincere. Lastly, I enjoyed the magic system too and it blends quite nicely with the world we are in. In a nutshell if you are a fan of epic fantasies that are character driven, this is your cup of tea.
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