The Guinevere Deception – Kiersten White

   The Guinevere Deception (Camelot Rising #1) – Kiersten White, Ember (Delacorte), (9780525581703), 2019

Format:  Paperback

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review) 4

What did you like about the book? This thrilling take on Arthurian legend is filled with twists, magic, romance and action.  Merlin has been banished, along with all magic, from Camelot.  He sends his daughter in the guise of Guinevere to protect the king as his queen. But, who is this changeling and whom can she trust?  Fun updates to the story include a gender switch for Lancelot and LGBTQ characters.  The reader will be enthralled as Guinevere struggles with her new identity and what her role should be.  It all leads up to an epic betrayal that threatens all of Camelot.  Readers will eagerly await the next installment.

Anything you didn’t like about it? No

To whom would you recommend this book?  Fans of Kiersten White will welcome this new trilogy.  Recommended for readers interested in Arthurian legends,  retellings of classic tales, and authors such as Marissa Meyer and Thomas Wheeler.

Who should buy this book?  Public libraries and high school libraries

Where would you shelve it? YA fiction

Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles?   Yes

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City:  Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA

Date of review: 11/6/20           

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