The Guinevere Deception PDF/EPUB â The Guinevere

The Guinevere Deception PDF/EPUB â The Guinevere I received this complimentary ARC from the publisher, courtesy of NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.OMG OMG OMG Arthurian mythology is what I was raised on And by Kiersten White SIGN ME THE HECK UP There is a magic within her, a power, that even she has yet to find the limit of.In its opening pages, we find an unsure Princess Guinevere arriving in Camelot for the first time Sent to marry King Arthur, all she knows of him are what the legends tell For he is a great man, the greatest, the one to pull the sword from the stone.While it is true, he is a great King, one who strives to make the kingdom a better place, there are those outside the kingdom who threaten him Unbeknownst to anyone but themselves, Guinevere hasn t actually been sent from a royal family in the South to marry Arthur, she has been sent there to protect him.You see, there is to Guinevere than meets the eye, much than a fragile Princess desiring a life of luxury She holds secrets so dark, they are unclear even to herself.It has been a long time since I have consumed any media focusing on the Arthurian legend I had a wonderful time reading this and thought it was splendidly done I felt very connected to Guinevere s character and enjoyed following her on her journey of self discovery.I think if you have any interest in the story of Arthur and Guinevere, you should definitely give this book a shot I think it was a nice twist to hear the story from her perspective, which is much darker and convoluted, in this case, than I anticipated In fact, it was intense at times trying to piece it all together.She is confused about a lot of things, her past, which she doesn t remember, her purpose and her heart I think she experienced a lot of growth over the course of the book and although not all of her choices were the best, I think she was doing the best she could.The supporting cast of characters were also fantastic I love Arthur and am hoping for a deeper connection between them for the second book This left off in an incredible spot and I know the next book is going to take the story up a whole other notch Thank you so much to the publisher, Delacorte Press and Random House Children s, for providing me with a copy of this to read and review This was a highly anticipated book for me and it did not disappoint I look forward to continuing with this series i am the kind of person where, once i find something i really enjoy, i practically obsess over it and i think my newest obsession is arthurian mythology because, oh my gosh, this story is everything i never knew was missing from my life im pretty sure i saw disneys the sword in the stone when i was a kid but, beyond that, i know absolutely nothing about merlin, king arthur, camelot, or the knights of the round table but this story is making me want to drop everything and read anything about them that i can get my hands on even though i dont know much about the mythology this story is based on, i can tell that KW truly made this story her own these characters and their personalities feel original to her this story and i could really empathise with them and their development throughout i am very excited to continue this series and i cant wait to see where it goes in the meantime, please send all of your king arthur recommendations my way P 4.5 stars That was not a finite or controlled magic It was a wild and dark and dangerous magic It was a violent magic, undoing the record of a life and giving it to someone else A couple of earlier books aside, Kiersten White is a fave of mine I enjoyed her historical fiction that reimagined Vlad the Impaler as a woman And I Darken I enjoyed her Frankenstein retelling The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein and, against all odds, I enjoyed her Buffy spin off Slayer So I m surprised that this one didn t work for me I love Arthurian mythology and White s feminist spins on old tales, so what could go wrong Firstly, I think this book kept us in the dark for way too long So long that it became not interesting for me All we know is that Guinevere is not the real Guinevere but a changeling witch, sent by Merlin to protect King Arthur We spend so long not really knowing where the story is going, though Guinevere s goal of protecting Arthur feels open ended and not tied to any real conflict This means that she spends a lot of time wandering around, chatting with familiar characters like Mordred and Brangien, and not doing much of anything Even when a touch of drama appears, she is hurried off to safety If the growing romance was supposed to be the main point of tension, I didn t really get a sense of that Arthur was so bland and forgettable though arguably all the characters were.I also did not feel like this story was taking place in the 5th 6th centuries There was very little to capture the feeling of the time and place, which is the exact opposite of what I would say about the author s And I Darken trilogy I guess I also just don t believe that feminism is rewriting history to pretend sexism didn t exist, which it felt like this did The way women are treated felt untrue to the times And it is so jarring when Guinevere, who is supposed to be a 5th century lady , says I doubt a bowl of piss will be one of the weapon offerings at the tournament Not to mention the fact that this word dates to the 14th century yes I checked cos it sounded weird , a good 800 900 years too late for the Arthurian legend.There are a couple of twists that of course I won t give away, but I will say that the first one was so obvious I guessed it as soon as the view spoiler knight appeared on page with their face covered I knew it was a woman hide spoiler From New York Times bestselling author Kiersten White comes a new fantasy series reimagining the Arthurian legend, set in the magical world of Camelot There was nothing in the world as magical and terrifying as a girl.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 wifeand 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 takethan swords to keep Camelot free.Deadly jousts, duplicitous knights, and forbidden romances are nothing compared to the greatest threat of all the girl with the long black hair, riding on horseback through the dark woods toward Arthur Because when your whole existence is a lie, how can you trust even yourself THE FIRST BOOK IN THE CAMELOT RISING TRILOGY 2 StarsSigh.I love the Arthurian Legend and snagged this immediately when I saw it as a Book if the Month YA choice I was really excited at the thought of Guinevere having magical powers and being sent to protect Arthur for once instead of simply being the damsel in a distressful love triangle And while I do appreciate the effort made here to make female characters strong and with agencyI felt the Feminist underpinnings and what seems to be the constant need for representation in every book these days while appreciated overwhelmed everything else And the story suffered for it.The characters are all quite bland, especially Arthur And, we are kept in the dark regarding many details for far too long I became bored waiting for something to happen We spend the vast majority of the book watching Guinevere flail aimlessly about, seemingly without any true purpose When something finally does happen, I found myself not really caring I was also kind of disappointed in the magical elements of the story I guess I just expected. No No No And for the last time screaming till my throat rips apart NOOOOO THIS IS NOT THE RETELLING I VE DREAMT OF I m die hard fan of Kiersten White s retellings I truly enjoyed Conqueror saga especially third book Bright We Burn was magnificent Any fantasy lover should devour this book at one bite So as soon as I heard she wrote a retelling about Guinevere and King Arthur, I started doing handsprings but accidentally hit my feet to coffee table but that s okay, I m limping like Kaiser Soze which gave me threatening and charismatic look That s what my neighbors kids thoughts who keep screaming when they see me walking in the street After Guy Ritchie s worst adaption on big screen, I needed to read something fascinating and I truly believed this gifted author could give me the riveting page turner I wholeheartedly desired.I didn t request an Arc copy because if I got rejection, I couldn t take it easily last time I got rejected for a book I wanted to read sooo sooo much, I burned my kitchen Not my fault I tried to cook grilled cheese sandwich As a result we had a grilled kitchen counter So finally I took the book into my hands and excitedly flipped the pages But Something was wrong Correction Too many things went wrong Silver lining part If you are patient enough to read than 300 pages, last part of the book is entertaining, fast pacing, exciting, promising.But Nearly 350 pages were slow, meaningless, boring and dull The facts Guinevere is not the real Guinevere, she is a witch, assigned from Merlin to protect Arthur But you gotta walk in the dark corners of the book too long to understand the motives, real purposes of the characters Guinevere seems like hanging in the palace and talking with the people about last week s soccer fixture or new trendy places of Soho If the character does all those things, I don t get surprised because I m not sure the book takes place at the 5th century All those characters looked like being frozen by a powerful spell Because nobody takes any action or does something crucial to warn us a big danger threatens the kingdom.I feel like most of the time I think maybe this book can be named as Much Ado About Nothing alas Shakespeare already chose the name before the author and his memorable play was full of action and amazing characters, I wish this book can have them, too So after too much bla bla blaa, zzztttttttt I took several delicious nap breaks , glugglugg don t forget alcohol breaks and easily sensible, foreseeable twist I didn t need my spider senses to find it The neighborhood kids found the twist before it was coming, too because I read aloud this book in front of their houses to punish them , we may reach the ending Finally we get our fast pacing, exhilarating writing he waited for the beginning of the book because the author needs to leave a great impression for the sequel.So I m gonna read the sequel I have doubts but I still love this author s way of story telling and last pages of the book showed me there is still hope for this series I was about to give two stars but I raised to three only for the last parts of the story.I didn t like it , I was so close to hate it but I loved last 40 pages But I have to admit I expected from the author I hope the sequel will be promising, twisty, fast pacing and contain remarkable characterization. That cover is amaze balls I want the damn art Mel BOTM YA choice for November 2019 Many thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy. This is a 4 star ending trapped behind a 2 star first half The Guinevere Deception is a story about women s agency and their role in myth and cleverly ties together known aspects of the Arthurian legends with some much needed LGBT and modern sensibilities.Pacing 1 2Introduction Surprises Ending I m so mad at this book it does not put its best foot forward The Guinevere Deception starts out so simplistic, so run of the mill, that it s boring Boring boring Skim worthy, even But then, we cross the hump The second half of this book is gorgeous It s lyrical, it s feminist, it s evocative of the Kiersten White that I remember from my long ago read of And I Darken where women had their own agency and commentary that I put down my kindle and went what Is this the same story The Guinevere Deception follows Guinevere, the wife of the newly made King Arthur Arthur has won Camelot, and now he rules in a realm where magic is pushed to the edges of his borders and everything is free from chaos and everything is wholesome and good Ha Obviously, this is a disaster waiting to happen Enter Guinevere, except we, as the reader, know the Guinevere is not really the princess at all, but the daughter of Merlin, sent to be the last line of defense for King Arthur she is supposed to keep the king safe from magicby using the forbidden magic herself Such a good plan No holes at all Right Guinevere enters into the world of Camelot and starts exploring the city and its people in the most mundane ways possible The dialogue is meh, the chapters go slowly, and I caught myself jumping ahead several times because we were so clearly treading water, waiting for something to happen Then, some things happen I won t spoil anything in the plot because I think most of the enjoyment comes from being surprised, but The Guinevere Deception has some significant tricks Guinevere isn t as milk toast as she seems, Arthur isn t that stupid, Lancelot appears in THE MOST EPIC TWIST as a different take on the character, women support women, some LGBT rep enters as breath of fresh air in this traditional hetero tale, and I just really enjoyed the turn of events The entire time I was reading The Guinevere Deception, I kept saying to myself man, I miss Kiersten White when she gets dark Maybe this is too light for me, and I ll stick with her darker content But I can see the hints of darkness in the set up for book two, and call me intrigued I think White has things up her sleeve Definitely pick this one up if you re a fan of legends, myths, retelling, feminism, LGBT , and good old fashioned plot twist surprises I think this one is worth enjoying if you can get over its own problematically dull beginnings Thank you to Delacorte Press for an ARC of this title in exchange for an honest review.Original notes Ahhhh I just received the ARC of this It comes out next week Oh dear Can t wait

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