Series: Camelot Rising #1
Published by Delacorte Press on November 5, 2019
Format: eARC, Hardcover
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There is 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 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.
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?
From New York Times bestselling author Kiersten White comes a new fantasy series reimagining the Arthurian legend, set in the magical world of Camelot.
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I desperately wanted to love this book. It was one of my most anticipated books of 2020. It started with quite an intriguing premise and while I enjoyed it, I’m sad to say I just didn’t love it.
Note: I do want to say that I did originally receive this and start reading it as an ARC. Due to health stuff and life, I didn’t finish it prior to publication and ended up buying the hardcover.
The mystery behind Guinevere’s past and how it all links to her present was super interesting to me and I wish that had been explored a bit more. I really enjoyed her relationship with Brangien and watching that develop was just so sweet. But Guinevere’s relationships with Arthur and many of the other characters just fell flat for me. Don’t get me wrong, there were some moments that definitely had me completely invested, but overall I just felt like there was something lacking in her connections between a lot of the other characters. Although, I will say that is something that Guinevere herself does struggle with in the book.
Overall, I found the book to be a very safe and comfy read. I never really felt like the characters were in any real danger; it was quite apparent that they would come out just fine from each encounter they had with their enemies. This book just didn’t carry the stakes and all consuming fantasy elements that I had hoped for going into it.
With all that said, it wasn’t a bad book and if you’re looking for a very comfy and leisurely fantasy to read I’d definitely recommend this. I am definitely interested enough that I’ll be picking up the second book later this year when it comes out.