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  • ★★★-3

Review: The Guinevere Deception by Kiersten White (Spoiler-Free)

If I fail, then it is over. My dream is dead. I have nothing to build a future around. And if I succeed... I step past everything I have known into everything I have wanted.

This book was just so ~ meh ~ for me. I was excited going into it because I really don't have much experience with Arthurian legend, and I thought this might be a good place to start. Unfortunately, I think one would benefit greatly by already being familiar with the myth before diving into this book.

Aside from that though, I just think this book is kinda boring. There were interesting moments, don't get me wrong, they're why I kept reading until the end. But they didn't make up for the rest of the nothingness. It felt like Guinevere was doing similar tasks over and over again, and a new interesting thread was only introduced every like 50-100 pages. Also, the question I wanted answered the most apparently isn't until book three. I feel like if that was the case, the author should have introduced it more midway through this book rather than the beginning.

There were a few twists in here I enjoyed, although I must admit they weren't the most unpredictable by any means.

I really also loved the character of Brangien!! Female friendships are just the best thing in fantasy books. Lancelot is great too, and the hint at a romance between her and Guinevere seems promising.

I didn't enjoy this enough to continue the series though, but I wouldn't completely say it was bad either. It didn't hook me, but it didn't bother me. I have a feeling I will forget about it rather quickly.

The writing style, however, was a highlight, and I'm definitely excited to try out And I Darken!


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