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The second book in a new fantasy trilogy from New York Times bestselling author Kiersten White, exploring the nature of self, the inevitable cost of progress, and, of course, magic and romance and betrayal so epic Queen Guinevere remains the most famous queen who never lived. EVERYTHING IS AS IT SHOULD BE IN CAMELOT: King Arthur is expanding his kingdom’s influence with Que The second book in a new fantasy trilogy from New York Times bestselling author Kiersten White, exploring the nature of self, the inevitable cost of progress, and, of course, magic and romance and betrayal so epic Queen Guinevere remains the most famous queen who never lived. EVERYTHING IS AS IT SHOULD BE IN CAMELOT: King Arthur is expanding his kingdom’s influence with Queen Guinevere at his side. Yet every night, dreams of darkness and unknowable power plague her. Guinevere might have accepted her role, but she still cannot find a place for herself in all of it. The closer she gets to Brangien, pining for her lost love Isolde, Lancelot, fighting to prove her worth as Queen’s knight, and Arthur, everything to everyone and thus never quite enough for Guinevere–the more she realizes how empty she is. She has no sense of who she truly was before she was Guinevere. The more she tries to claim herself as queen, the more she wonders if Mordred was right: she doesn’t belong. She never will. When a rescue goes awry and results in the death of something precious, a devastated Guinevere returns to Camelot to find the greatest threat yet has arrived. Not in the form of the Dark Queen or an invading army, but in the form of the real Guinevere’s younger sister. Is her deception at an end? And who is she really deceiving–Camelot, or herself?


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The second book in a new fantasy trilogy from New York Times bestselling author Kiersten White, exploring the nature of self, the inevitable cost of progress, and, of course, magic and romance and betrayal so epic Queen Guinevere remains the most famous queen who never lived. EVERYTHING IS AS IT SHOULD BE IN CAMELOT: King Arthur is expanding his kingdom’s influence with Que The second book in a new fantasy trilogy from New York Times bestselling author Kiersten White, exploring the nature of self, the inevitable cost of progress, and, of course, magic and romance and betrayal so epic Queen Guinevere remains the most famous queen who never lived. EVERYTHING IS AS IT SHOULD BE IN CAMELOT: King Arthur is expanding his kingdom’s influence with Queen Guinevere at his side. Yet every night, dreams of darkness and unknowable power plague her. Guinevere might have accepted her role, but she still cannot find a place for herself in all of it. The closer she gets to Brangien, pining for her lost love Isolde, Lancelot, fighting to prove her worth as Queen’s knight, and Arthur, everything to everyone and thus never quite enough for Guinevere–the more she realizes how empty she is. She has no sense of who she truly was before she was Guinevere. The more she tries to claim herself as queen, the more she wonders if Mordred was right: she doesn’t belong. She never will. When a rescue goes awry and results in the death of something precious, a devastated Guinevere returns to Camelot to find the greatest threat yet has arrived. Not in the form of the Dark Queen or an invading army, but in the form of the real Guinevere’s younger sister. Is her deception at an end? And who is she really deceiving–Camelot, or herself?

30 review for The Camelot Betrayal

  1. 4 out of 5

    jessica

    this book is pretty much filler, but i personally wouldnt label it as ‘second book syndrome.’ i think a lot of that has to do with the content. even though it doesnt necessarily progress the plot (this is just a side quest and some new characters) until the very end, im so obsessed with arthurian myth that i could read 400 more pages of filler and still be happy with it. again, i love the creative liberties KW has taken with the original story. i enjoyed the expansion from the foundation laid in this book is pretty much filler, but i personally wouldnt label it as ‘second book syndrome.’ i think a lot of that has to do with the content. even though it doesnt necessarily progress the plot (this is just a side quest and some new characters) until the very end, im so obsessed with arthurian myth that i could read 400 more pages of filler and still be happy with it. again, i love the creative liberties KW has taken with the original story. i enjoyed the expansion from the foundation laid in the first book and had a lot of fun reading about some new king arthur tales, but with KWs own twist on them. i thought the ending was done very well - its a cliffhanger, but one that didnt annoy me. instead, it has me very excited for how the story will progress in the next book! ↠ 4 stars

  2. 5 out of 5

    Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

    3.5 Stars I love Guinevere and her knight, Sir Lancelot’s, relationship. They have such a strong friendship and I have to keep telling myself Lancelot is a woman as we all know Lancelot was a man. I think this made the friendship even stronger. I have love/hate feeling about Guinevere and Author’s relationship. I love them both as people of course, but there are just ...things. I happen to like Mordred unless he does something bad in the next book. I feel that Guinevere is slowly growing into he 3.5 Stars I love Guinevere and her knight, Sir Lancelot’s, relationship. They have such a strong friendship and I have to keep telling myself Lancelot is a woman as we all know Lancelot was a man. I think this made the friendship even stronger. I have love/hate feeling about Guinevere and Author’s relationship. I love them both as people of course, but there are just ...things. I happen to like Mordred unless he does something bad in the next book. I feel that Guinevere is slowly growing into herself in this book. We shall see where the next book takes us. I mean that ending!!!! Oh, and that cover!!! Gah!! I need an art book full of all the beautiful book covers!! *Thank you to Netgalley and Random House for a digital copy of this book Happy Reading! Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾 BLOG: https://melissa413readsalot.blogspot....

  3. 4 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    I knew deep in my guts the second installment of the series will be so much better just like I knew I shouldn’t drive to another state for six hours for finding a theater to watch “ Tenet” or I shouldn’t try flying kick move I watched at Cobra Kai. Anyways lessons are already learned. And after the cliffhanger of the first book, I was expecting something more action packed, giving more answers about the identity of Guinevere so I was truly excited to dive into this adventure. And I can honestly I knew deep in my guts the second installment of the series will be so much better just like I knew I shouldn’t drive to another state for six hours for finding a theater to watch “ Tenet” or I shouldn’t try flying kick move I watched at Cobra Kai. Anyways lessons are already learned. And after the cliffhanger of the first book, I was expecting something more action packed, giving more answers about the identity of Guinevere so I was truly excited to dive into this adventure. And I can honestly say: this book satisfies all of my expectations. Firstly we all know Lancelot as forbidden love of Guinevere and seeing her as a woman, their intimate, true, sizzling chemistry were the brilliant ideas which brought an original aspect to the story. ( I don’t know your thoughts but since the beginning of the first book: I have complex feelings about Arthur and I didn’t much believe his chemistry and involvement with Guinevere. I supported team Mordred! He is the patient one always respects her wishes and he is the one who can love her unconditionally! Now I’m torn between team Lancelot and Mordred! ) This book is still slow burn, but there are real good additional characters and some jaw dropping twists but it’s mostly about Guinevere’s inner fight and search to find who she really is. She is still naive, jumping into conclusions without thinking twice which bothered me a lot. But her character started to grow on me ( I still can tell it for Arthur!) I don’t want to give away too much about the story’s development but again I honestly admit: second book is more promising and I’m so excited about the next installment after this powerful ending with another cliffhanger! ( actually I’m biting my nails and screaming so loud! I need the next book ASAP!!!! Argghkkk!!! ) I cannot wait! I cannot wait! I cannot wait! I cannot wait! I cannot wait! I cannot wait! I cannot wait! I cannot wait! I cannot wait! Special thanks to NetGalley and Random House Children’s/ Delacorte Press for sharing this digital copy of one of the most anticipated books of the year in exchange my honest opinions.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Helena of Eretz ✰

    I received this complimentary ARC from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review. I LOVED THIS!!! This was such an improvement over the previous book and that’s taking into consideration that I really enjoyed that one, too! 💙 Guinevere still remains unsure of who she is and what her place is and who she can trust. She’s full of questions, yet surrounded by people who don’t seem to have any of the answers that she seeks. I, personally, really enjoyed her character growth in this book, as well I received this complimentary ARC from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review. I LOVED THIS!!! This was such an improvement over the previous book and that’s taking into consideration that I really enjoyed that one, too! 💙 Guinevere still remains unsure of who she is and what her place is and who she can trust. She’s full of questions, yet surrounded by people who don’t seem to have any of the answers that she seeks. I, personally, really enjoyed her character growth in this book, as well as the development of her inter-personal relationships. My favourite one in particular is the bond that she has with her knight, Sir Lancelot. They’re my favourite pairing in this series and it’s not even romantic. It’s just such a pure bond of friendship and loyalty and I love it SO MUCH. In terms of the romance...Guinevere has absolutely no chemistry with King Arthur...like AT ALL. So, I’m definitely team Mordred, who actually wants the best for her and is constantly in her thoughts. Arthur treats Guinevere more like a convenience. She rules when he’s unavailable; she’s there when he needs someone to confide in. There doesn’t seem to be any actual feelings involved, which makes it difficult for me to root for them as a couple. You can see the passion with Mordred, but mere comfort and warmth with Arthur. I’m definitely hoping for a Guinevere + Mordred endgame and I’ve decided that their ship name is MORVERE. (Yes, I’m always rooting for the bad boys ahahah 😂) So, now I’m left counting down the days to the finale! I’m incredibly excited to see how everything will go down and I’m so happy that Kiersten has done justice to Arthurian mythology. This is just yet another reason why she’s one of my favourite authors! 😉

  5. 5 out of 5

    Boston

    Guinevere is such a bad bitch no I will not elaborate

  6. 4 out of 5

    megs_bookrack

    Update: A COVER!!! My eyes hurt, it is so BEAUTIFUL!!! SWIPE RIGHT!!! Original: Dear Kiersten, Please send me a copy of this book at your earliest convenience. Best Personal Regards, Meg xoxo P.S. I don't mean to seem pushy but I MUST REALLY NEED to find out what happens! Update: A COVER!!! My eyes hurt, it is so BEAUTIFUL!!! SWIPE RIGHT!!! Original: Dear Kiersten, Please send me a copy of this book at your earliest convenience. Best Personal Regards, Meg xoxo P.S. I don't mean to seem pushy but I MUST REALLY NEED to find out what happens!

  7. 5 out of 5

    alana ♡

    I really loved the first book and was looking forward to picking this one up. While I did enjoy this a lot of it felt like filler up until the end of the story. Either way I'm looking forward to see how this will end and will continue to read any kind of retelling Kiersten White is willing to write! I really loved the first book and was looking forward to picking this one up. While I did enjoy this a lot of it felt like filler up until the end of the story. Either way I'm looking forward to see how this will end and will continue to read any kind of retelling Kiersten White is willing to write!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Mara YA Mood Reader

    11/27/2020: Solid 3 stars. Suffers from second book syndrome with lots of plot and character building still happening as in a first installment and less of plot advancement. But the ending finally picked up enough that I am looking forward to the third installment and what seems like will be much more Mordred than in book 2! 2/20/2020: We’ve got a cover! I don’t care much for it, I only care to know when I can preorder! 12/18/2019: Coming for you Kiersten!!

  9. 5 out of 5

    ♠ TABI⁷ ♠

    'Magic always had a price, paid now or paid later.' accurate rating: 4.5 stars (may be mild spoilers via scattered opinions in the review . . . ) Well, I'm glad I had an ARC of this to slide right into! Because this was a stunning follow-up to its predecessor The Guinevere Deception, staying in-stride with the same level of intrigue, tension, CONFUSION, lore, mystery and magic. However, I had to begrudgingly detract a bit from my rating, all thanks to King Arthur the Cardboard. I'm sorry, but no am 'Magic always had a price, paid now or paid later.' accurate rating: 4.5 stars (may be mild spoilers via scattered opinions in the review . . . ) Well, I'm glad I had an ARC of this to slide right into! Because this was a stunning follow-up to its predecessor The Guinevere Deception, staying in-stride with the same level of intrigue, tension, CONFUSION, lore, mystery and magic. However, I had to begrudgingly detract a bit from my rating, all thanks to King Arthur the Cardboard. I'm sorry, but no amount of literary mastery could save the flop he was, no matter how hard this book tried to make him some sort of deep character. However, the plot did move faster than the first book so that did help balance out my frustration towards certain character arc developments. "I keep trying to be clever, and it works but it causes so much damage." "Ah. Yes, that is the price of being clever. We win, and we hurt other people, and we always, always hurt ourselves." That quote basically sums up the main points of the plot. Guinevere is still struggling to learn who she is, where and how she fits into the world because she is just simply trying to belong somewhere. And y'know, I understood that part of her character really well . . . which was heightened from the fact that her memories are still jumbled, mysteries made by Merlin still swirl chaotically in her head, causing confusion for her every day . But despite all of that, Guinevere goes on. She keeps trying, she keeps working, keeps fighting to make a space in the world that she can call her own. 'She could feel the sparks of desire, but they were nothing compared with his determination to do the right thing. To protect her.' After two books, you'd think Arthur might have a bigger role?? Nope, he's still as cardboard as ever! And in this one Arthur annoyed me so much, particularly in his behavior towards Guinevere. Yes, I get that they're young and he's got the weight of a budding kingdom resting on his shoulders B U T— He just isn't good enough. Maybe it's because Arthur is TOO GOOD that he's such a flop. There's no decent depth to his character, no driving flaw that gives him a real sense of humanity. He's forever more myth than man, a character aspect that keeps wounding Guinevere more and more as she tries to create something of their marriage, tries to make space in his heart to be more than just his protector queen. But again and again, I just kept staring at the pages, wanting to just jump in and slap some characters around . . . and boot Guinevere off to Mordred. 'It was the cruelest thing Mordred had done yet, making her miss him instead of hate him.' Guinevere and Mordred truly have more chemistry in half-woven dreams and meetings of just a few paragraphs length than ANYONE ELSE! And if that isn't reason to give me shipping hope for these two, I don't know what is. But really, it was just so awkward seeing Guinevere try to mold herself into something else for others, sad and hurting when it was so hard to earn their love . . . WHEN IT WAS ALWAYS, A L W A Y S AS EASY AS BREATHING WHEN SHE WAS WITH MORDRED. Yes, I have a lot of feelings about this pairing!! But, honestly Mordred asks nothing of her and accepts who she is without hesitation. His presence was an unwavering constant in the book as, when Guinevere was always in her most vulnerable and real mind, no acting, she thought of him. "It is harder to find a good friend than a queen, I think." I really don't know what to think about Lancelot. It's a bit hazy where the knight stands with Guinevere, particularly regarding the original myth of their forbidden love. Could it be endgame? I honestly don't know since Guinevere rarely shows true emotion or sparking passion with anyone but Mordred, and even that's through thoughts and glances and feelings rather than action. All I know is that I highly enjoy this rendition of Lancelot, and while a queer spin to that tale would be a refreshing thing . . . there just doesn't seem to be enough groundwork laid out necessarily for that to feel realistic. Honestly, the way Lancelot adores and seeks for the approval of Arthur is similar to the way Guinevere seeks the king's love and attention to their "marriage".So the two, queen and knight, they felt more like friends, like sisters, than potential lovers from my perception of everything. "I am living. I am free. I am doing what I choose, when I choose, how I choose." Now allow me to end by shrieking about THAT ENDING!! It was everything I wanted but it was also devastation because I have to wait more than a year to find out what happens next. I am confused but elated. I am hopeful but also pragmatical. But, most of all, I am desperate for the final book. I received a digital ARC from Delacorte Press via NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. Quotes in the review and reading updates were taken from an uncorrected ARC copy.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Cassie

    After THAT ending, I need this book ASAP. I need more of everyone, but especially those sweet G/Arthur moments. Gahhh....I ship them so hard. After THAT ending, I need this book ASAP. I need more of everyone, but especially those sweet G/Arthur moments. Gahhh....I ship them so hard.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Melanie (mells_view)

    3.5* “Life that could turn to death with a shift of the wind. Unpredictable and brilliant and beautiful and terrible.” I dove into The Camelot Betrayal excited for the love square, and to finally get some answers about Guinevere, not Guinevere. Unfortunately I feel like the love square lost the edge of my favorite angle 🤣, and I think we have even more questions about who Guinevere is. That’s not to say I’m not longer intrigued, because the potential triangle that is left really was built in this 3.5* “Life that could turn to death with a shift of the wind. Unpredictable and brilliant and beautiful and terrible.” I dove into The Camelot Betrayal excited for the love square, and to finally get some answers about Guinevere, not Guinevere. Unfortunately I feel like the love square lost the edge of my favorite angle 🤣, and I think we have even more questions about who Guinevere is. That’s not to say I’m not longer intrigued, because the potential triangle that is left really was built in this one. A continuation of Mordred’s understanding and just the magical chemistry he has with Guinevere. The deep friendship and connection that Guinevere has with Lancelot. Lancelot is full stop devoted to her queen, and it’s just. sigh 🥰. I love that both potential love interests want Guinevere to be her best self even if they have two very different versions of showing and achieving that. Arthur, my sweet baby love. I love him and I wanted him to be end game, but in this book he was questionable. His priorities are different and j respect that, but we shall see. For him to be back in the game things in book three have to be majorly different, and unless the author shocks the heck out of me, I don’t see it coming. Ok into the non-romantic plot, who the heck is Guinevere? What the heck is the Dark Queen planning for Camelot? We still really don’t fully know, maybe some clues are dropped or maybe I’m just playing aloof, but I feel hopeful for what we will learn and end up with in book three. I feel like in TCB Guin was working hard to protect Camelot and figure out who she is and what she wants, whiles keeping up with her secrets and appearances. She of course falls into many bad circumstances along the way, because would she be not Guinevere without being kidnapped or held at knife point? Probably not. I loved that throughout this story we met new characters, and they even had their own stories that added a layer to Guinevere’s story. I also sort of liked that we got growth from those around her while she felt she was at a standstill. It’s like she’s being held underwater and swimming and swimming, but she can’t get where she wants to be. I’m just hoping in TEC she breaks out from everything holding her back, gets some answers, and maybe some love too. If I said I know what to except going into the next installment, I’d be full stop lying. I think that there are so many potential avenues for what will go down in the finale of this series, and I’m excited for it and to finally have some answers. I think this was a good second book, because it added some new characters and some new questions. Sigh, is it 2021 yet? 😂 “...It felt anything but safe. It still felt right, though.” AVAILABLE NOVEMBER 10TH! *ARC

  12. 4 out of 5

    Caidyn (he/him/his)

    I received an ARC through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review! CW: physical abuse, emotional abuse, violence, and misogyny What a great sequel! I've been anticipating it since I finished reading the first book and I'm so grateful for the ARC! I didn't want to wait until November for it to come out. The story picks up where it left off with the fallout of the first book. As usual, I'm dancing around things for sequels because I don't want to spoil anyone's enjoyment of the first book. What I I received an ARC through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review! CW: physical abuse, emotional abuse, violence, and misogyny What a great sequel! I've been anticipating it since I finished reading the first book and I'm so grateful for the ARC! I didn't want to wait until November for it to come out. The story picks up where it left off with the fallout of the first book. As usual, I'm dancing around things for sequels because I don't want to spoil anyone's enjoyment of the first book. What I really loved was Guinevere having to still make peace with her past and the present, Lancelot getting built up more and the relationship she has with Guinevere, and the inclusion of a f/f relationship that was on the page and just accepted by people. Overall, this was a solid sequel and I'm definitely excited to order a copy so I can have that finished product in my hands! Pre-review I like it!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Bethany

    Actual Rating: 2.5 stars The Camelot Betrayal was very much a mixed bag for me. I was bored to tears for the first 65-70% of the book, and then with the introduction of a new character (Guinevere's "sister") things got much more interesting. A lot happens in the first part of the book, but it doesn't really move the story forward and I just struggled to care about any of it. Part of this is that Guinevere is such a bland character and lacks personality, so when we don't have more interesting char Actual Rating: 2.5 stars The Camelot Betrayal was very much a mixed bag for me. I was bored to tears for the first 65-70% of the book, and then with the introduction of a new character (Guinevere's "sister") things got much more interesting. A lot happens in the first part of the book, but it doesn't really move the story forward and I just struggled to care about any of it. Part of this is that Guinevere is such a bland character and lacks personality, so when we don't have more interesting characters on the page it's a challenge. This also felt padded with occurrences and side plots that were unnecessary, such as the retelling of Tristan & Isolde with side characters. I think if this book had been shorter and kept interesting characters on the page more of time, it would have been stronger. My other issue with this is the way it's handling Lancelot. In this version *spoilers for book 1!* Lancelot is a lady knight and part of why I read on is I was curious to see if we were going to get a bisexual Guinevere, because that would be interesting. Having read book 2....I still couldn't tell you. It feels kind of like queer-baiting if I'm being honest because there are moments between the women that could be read as sapphic, but the dialogue speaks only of friendship and there's nothing in Guinevere's thinking that indicates a clear attraction to Lancelot (unlike her ongoing attraction to Arthur and Mordred). But if you're retelling this classic story involving a love affair between Guinevere and Lancelot, I'm really not sure how you turn that into a friendship, make it a push pull between the "good boy" (Arthur) and the "bad boy" (Mordred) and not realize it comes across as queer-baiting. Maybe that will change in book 3, but it feels far too late in the game. She has a sapphic side couple, so is that supposed to make up for not having it here? I don't know but it's strange and frustrating. I think if there is supposed to be romantic interest, that should have been more clear, especially from Guinevere's perspective. It definitely reads like Lancelot is in love with her without saying it in so many words, but.... I just didn't like how that was handled. Apologies for the lengthy ramble! I received a copy of this book for review. All opinions are my own.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sheena ☆ Oh, the Sheenanigans!

    There wasn't much improvement with this sequel. I am still not a fan of Guinevere. She is terribly naive and I did not agree with almost all her decisions which saddens me because I thought for sure she would grow on me with the sequel but nah. It just didn't happen and that is okay. It's obviously this isn't for everyone and I am left unsure if I will read from this author again in the future. I think the only positive was the strong friendship and connection between the Q There wasn't much improvement with this sequel. I am still not a fan of Guinevere. She is terribly naive and I did not agree with almost all her decisions which saddens me because I thought for sure she would grow on me with the sequel but nah. It just didn't happen and that is okay. It's obviously this isn't for everyone and I am left unsure if I will read from this author again in the future. I think the only positive was the strong friendship and connection between the Queen and Sir Lancelot, and Mordred. The chemistry between those particular characters was undeniable that oftentimes, I forgot about her growing feelings for Arthur. Considering everything—it’s definitely a ‘it’s not you, it’s me’ read. I can understand why most readers will gravitate towards this YA fantasy retelling but my issues with connecting with the characters and immersing myself in the storyline was problematic and affected my reading experience. I didn’t care enough to finish this and I hope other readers can at least find some joy with this release.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Grüffeline

    "There are many ways to be special." I don't really know where to start this review. I really liked this book and I am totally here for what the ending promises for the next installment (right now I don't even dare check if there's a release date yet or something because this beauty right here hasn't been out that long). I loved the pieces of the book in which Brangien and Isolde played bigger parts and Lancelot definetly deserves better than what she gets. I understand why Guinevere chose to "There are many ways to be special." I don't really know where to start this review. I really liked this book and I am totally here for what the ending promises for the next installment (right now I don't even dare check if there's a release date yet or something because this beauty right here hasn't been out that long). I loved the pieces of the book in which Brangien and Isolde played bigger parts and Lancelot definetly deserves better than what she gets. I understand why Guinevere chose to act this way with her but damn if you're friends... at least try to explain! Arthur is constantly getting on my nerves whenever he's mentioned and Guinevere... not my favorite mc of all time but she's fine and I can't wait to see what's still in store for her. (And for Mordred who I need to read more of!!)

  16. 5 out of 5

    Celia McMahon

    Thank you, NetGalley for the e-arc. In this sequel, we find Guinevere still unsure of herself, her relationship with Arthur, and her attraction to Mordred. After the events of the first book, I was so excited to see some character development and some serious antagonists. Alas, I was underwhelmed. The pacing, for one, was way off. So much in fact that I felt jarred at the way this book was all over the place. I had no idea was the main plotline was; if there was one, it got lost in all the random. Thank you, NetGalley for the e-arc. In this sequel, we find Guinevere still unsure of herself, her relationship with Arthur, and her attraction to Mordred. After the events of the first book, I was so excited to see some character development and some serious antagonists. Alas, I was underwhelmed. The pacing, for one, was way off. So much in fact that I felt jarred at the way this book was all over the place. I had no idea was the main plotline was; if there was one, it got lost in all the random. There was no steady flow of storyline. the chapters felt like a sitcom where each episode has nothing to do with the one before it. The characters fell flat. Each sounded exactly the same with next to no uniqueness. I couldn't latch on to anyone besides Mordred, who takes a backseat this time around. Funny enough that the boy in black gave the story the most color. I think I expected a bit more romance? Seeing as things sort of ramped up and with how Guinevere Deception ended and with her choices and all, I expected something more than a vanilla romance where the man can't even be bothered to...feel much of anything. At least Guin was trying. I felt for her. All in all, this was a weak installement to the series. There seems to be a build up to something, but I don't see it. At all. There was a hint of an antagonist the the first book, but this one had next to nothing save for one little spoiler at the very end. You can't have readers slog through 400 pages of a sequel and give them absolutely nothing in return. Guin should have had some character arc at some point. We should have had some romance. We should have seen some huge reveal that knocks our socks off. I'll hold out hope for the last book, but at this point, It's not looking good.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Emily (emilykatereads)

    *waves grabby hands at this book despite having absolutely no info on it other than it's the sequel* *waves grabby hands at this book despite having absolutely no info on it other than it's the sequel*

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jane

    4 stars You can read all of my reviews at Nerd Girl Loves Books. This is the second book in the exciting YA Fantasy series and it does not disappoint. The book delves deeper into Guinevere's role in Camelot. To complicate matters, the real Guinevere's younger sister shows up in Camelot and refuses to leave. Guinevere goes on adventures in this book, which brings her closer to her maid Brangien and her knight Lancelot. Her relationships with both are tested, and come out stronger in the end. I real 4 stars You can read all of my reviews at Nerd Girl Loves Books. This is the second book in the exciting YA Fantasy series and it does not disappoint. The book delves deeper into Guinevere's role in Camelot. To complicate matters, the real Guinevere's younger sister shows up in Camelot and refuses to leave. Guinevere goes on adventures in this book, which brings her closer to her maid Brangien and her knight Lancelot. Her relationships with both are tested, and come out stronger in the end. I really like her relationships with both women. Guinevere learns a bit more about what her magic can do, but the strength of it frightens her. Guinevere's relationship with Arthur also grows deeper. After being constantly sidelined by duty, the couple finally takes the time to talk with each other about their relationship. The danger of the Dark Queen still lurks over Camelot, and toward the end Guinevere makes a decision that may change the fate of Camelot forever. It also leaves the reader with one heck of a cliffhanger! So cruel of the author!! I enjoyed this book just as much as I did the last one. It is well written and is a quick and easy read. As with most YA books, there is no sex and the violence is very muted and "off-camera". If you haven't started reading this series yet, now is a great time to get going and read both books. I really look forward to reading the next book in the series. Thank you to Random House Children's/Delacort Press and NetGalley for a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    Another five star book. Sequel to The Guinevere Deception, we find ourselves once more in Camelot trying to find answers and defend our beloved characters. Who is good? Are the bad guys REALLY the bad guys? What is real?!? And then, just as the action is really going you realize there has to be a third book. Because this one is over. THIS IS WHY I DON'T READ SERIES THAT ARE NOT COMPLETE! And so, I will sit back and impatiently wait for the next book. Another five star book. Sequel to The Guinevere Deception, we find ourselves once more in Camelot trying to find answers and defend our beloved characters. Who is good? Are the bad guys REALLY the bad guys? What is real?!? And then, just as the action is really going you realize there has to be a third book. Because this one is over. THIS IS WHY I DON'T READ SERIES THAT ARE NOT COMPLETE! And so, I will sit back and impatiently wait for the next book.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Isabel ✰

    I wanted from this? I feel like it suffered a little bit from middle book syndrome, because I felt like there wasn't a good purpose? I can tell we're gearing up for something and I enjoyed the smaller "side-quest" type plotlines that happened in this book, but ultimately there wasn't much of a climax because White was so committed to the cliffhanger. I struggled a little bit to pull myself back from skimming and while I am also enjoying the ongoing mystery surrounding Guinevere's identity I wanted from this? I feel like it suffered a little bit from middle book syndrome, because I felt like there wasn't a good purpose? I can tell we're gearing up for something and I enjoyed the smaller "side-quest" type plotlines that happened in this book, but ultimately there wasn't much of a climax because White was so committed to the cliffhanger. I struggled a little bit to pull myself back from skimming and while I am also enjoying the ongoing mystery surrounding Guinevere's identity and past, I also wanted more revelation about that in this book. Overall, quite a bit of filler in this book that I wish had been used more judiciously for character development or introducing new conflict, but still a decent entry in the series. I excitedly await the next installment.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Eva B.

    Is that still Guinevere on the cover? She looks really different from the first one.

  22. 4 out of 5

    ShanShan ✨

    I devoured this in one day. My hopes are high for Guinevere and Mordred 🙏🏼 There is zero chemistry between her and Arthur. Besides Mordred sounds way more hot 😍😂 The wait for the next book is going to be a struggle.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Leah Waters

    DNF at page 115. I just don't care enough to continue, which is too bad because I really loved book 1. DNF at page 115. I just don't care enough to continue, which is too bad because I really loved book 1.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Breanna

    THIS REVIEW & MORE → Paws and Paperbacks ARC provided by Random House Children's through NetGalley. 3.5 stars ✨ The Camelot Betrayal takes place shortly after the events of the end of The Guinevere Deception and it was surprising how easily I was able to fall back into the world of Camelot and this story. This book focused a lot on Guinevere and her character development and I was 100% here for it. Guinevere continues to struggle to figure out how she belongs in Camelot and her place as Queen. Thro THIS REVIEW & MORE → Paws and Paperbacks ARC provided by Random House Children's through NetGalley. 3.5 stars ✨ The Camelot Betrayal takes place shortly after the events of the end of The Guinevere Deception and it was surprising how easily I was able to fall back into the world of Camelot and this story. This book focused a lot on Guinevere and her character development and I was 100% here for it. Guinevere continues to struggle to figure out how she belongs in Camelot and her place as Queen. Throughout The Camelot Betrayal, she has to make tough decisions and she ends up questioning herself, especially when it came to the use of her magic. Character-driven books are either hit or miss for me, but since I was so invested in Guinevere I absolutely loved the focus on her growth. Another aspect of the story with a heavy focus is Guinevere’s background, thanks to the arrival of Guinevach, the real Guinevere’s sister. New pieces of information are revealed and speculated upon, but nothing is confirmed. Guinevere’s background is one of the thing’s that intrigues me the most so I was hoping for more concrete information, however, even with the small crumbs we were given I was happy that I had guessed one of those pieces correctly. I’m really looking forward to learning the whole picture in the next book! I know I’m in the minority with this opinion, but I really loved Guinevere’s budding romance with Arthur! Maybe it’s because I was never a fan of Mordred, but I found it to be very sweet and realistic. There is clearly a lot of respect, trust, and friendship already between theme, and the spark of desire that has now been flamed was perfect. I don’t believe they’re without flaws and I’m not sure if I even believe they’ll actually fan into anything more, but a girl can dream! For the most part, the plot was pretty forward moving. There were a few spots where it seemed to slow down too much for my liking, but it picked back up pretty quickly afterward. I will admit that I had expect a bit more action-wise regarding the Dark Queen and magic and struggled to find the “main plotline” for this book. Once I came to terms that there really wasn’t more going on other than important character development for Guinevere and other smaller plots involving beloved side characters, I was able to move past my reservations and enjoy this more fully. The Camelot Betrayal was an excellent installment for this series and continued to be full of all the Arthurian folklore I love. The story is more focused on Guinevere’s character growth than anything, but it was all beautifully written. I cannot wait for the third book!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Yodamom

    I only read brief excerpt not a full book review. It seem that Gweiniver is growing up. I saw some maturity in her character that made her more interesting. Her friendship with Lancelot is strong. I'm not sure about Arthur, he's such a dud relationship wise (IMHO) what about this other guy ? We shall see. I can't wait to get my hands on the whole book I only read brief excerpt not a full book review. It seem that Gweiniver is growing up. I saw some maturity in her character that made her more interesting. Her friendship with Lancelot is strong. I'm not sure about Arthur, he's such a dud relationship wise (IMHO) what about this other guy ? We shall see. I can't wait to get my hands on the whole book

  26. 5 out of 5

    AJ

    Thank you the Random House Children's Publishers for allowing me to read an arc of this book in exchange for an honest review! ”Guinevere did not remember the stars so much as she knew them down to her soul. She had stared up at them for so long they were written on her mind where no one—not even Merlin—could erase them.“ I think this was honestly a pretty good sequel.. I felt like the the character development was well written and I enjoyed how Guinevere is still trying to find herself and wh Thank you the Random House Children's Publishers for allowing me to read an arc of this book in exchange for an honest review! ”Guinevere did not remember the stars so much as she knew them down to her soul. She had stared up at them for so long they were written on her mind where no one—not even Merlin—could erase them.“ I think this was honestly a pretty good sequel.. I felt like the the character development was well written and I enjoyed how Guinevere is still trying to find herself and who she is. The romance wasn't a huge surprise but I think it will play out perfectly. There were still big chunks in the book where the pacing was slow and I needed action to happen, but when it finally did I was pleased. I’m interested to see where the amount of self growth and confidence lends Guinevere in book 3! 3.5/5 ✰’s

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kate (BloggingwithDragons)

    Actual rating : 2.5 stars Following my reading of The Guinevere Deception , I pre-ordered The Camelot Betrayal immediately.  I may have read The Camelot Betrayal entirely in one sitting, but I didn’t think it was as strong of a novel as its predecessor. Mainly, I found myself disappointed in Guinevere and Lancelot’s development in this novel, and that the directions the story went in were often very odd, disjointed, and anticlimactic. What's more, is that the novel couldn't seem to decide whet Actual rating : 2.5 stars Following my reading of The Guinevere Deception , I pre-ordered The Camelot Betrayal immediately.  I may have read The Camelot Betrayal entirely in one sitting, but I didn’t think it was as strong of a novel as its predecessor. Mainly, I found myself disappointed in Guinevere and Lancelot’s development in this novel, and that the directions the story went in were often very odd, disjointed, and anticlimactic. What's more, is that the novel couldn't seem to decide whether it wanted to be a new feminist take on Arthurian legend or it wanted to follow in its classic footsteps. This resulted in The Camelot Betrayal's themes feeling confused. Regardless of all this, Mordred was by far my favorite part of The Camelot Betrayal.  “Guinevere realized with a start that what she missed most about Mordred was the sense that he saw her. In every room, in every situation, he had seen her first and foremost.” Every time Mordred, who betrayed his uncle Arthur and his beloved Guinevere in the previous novel, enters a scene, he lights up the page. With his black hair, green eyes, sarcasm, intelligence, and conflicting loyalties, I wondered if I’m really reading this series for him at this point. It’s certainly not for Guinevere anymore, nor was it for bland Arthur or Lancelot. In The Camelot Betrayal, I found Guinevere to be whiny, a poor decision maker, and very much like many depictions of the classic Guinevere. And I have no idea what she sees in her husband, Arthur, who seems so irrevocably bland in comparison to his nephew, Mordred. He’s married more to his kinghood and duty than to Guinevere, and his neglect and absent-mindedness towards everything else, especially his wife, is a hard pill to swallow.  “Arthur could not put Camelot second to Guinevere, ever. Lancelot could put Guinevere first, always.” It made it very hard for me to believe that there is even a love triangle in The Camelot Betrayal, as Mordred is so much better in every way that it’s practically appalling that Guinevere wastes the time of day moping after her busy husband. And if I hoped that Lancelot being a female would spice things up a bit, I was even more wrong. At this point, I don’t even understand why author Kiersten White made Lancelot female. During my reading of The Guinevere Deception, I hypothesized that the two most likely possible reasons White made Lancelot a female was for her to compete with Guinevere for King Arthur’s affections, or to enter into a romantic relationship with Guinevere. To my dismay and bewilderment, neither of these things happen. Instead, Lancelot follows Guinevere around like a lost puppy, protecting her and claiming she wants to become her friend. The novel tells us repeatedly how Lancelot fits neither in the knights, as both a woman and Guinevere’s dedicated knight—not King Arthur’s—or among the ladies of Camelot. So, this woman, like imposter Guinevere who wasn't raised as a lady, is often on the outs of Camelot’s society.  “He always took knights, but never Lancelot. Lancelot was her knight, specifically, but Guinevere wondered how that made Lancelot feel. She had earned her place among Arthur’s knights, the same as any of them. Better, even. She had gotten further in her tournament than any other knight ever, fighting Arthur himself to a draw. And yet she was always left behind. Just like Guinevere.” So Guinevere and Lancelot, who both seem to have very strong cases of imposter syndrome, form a rather unremarkable friendship. There are scenes (view spoiler)[ and a confession of love (hide spoiler)] that border on queer baiting, especially with Guinevere remarking that Lancelot, like the only other character who makes her feel passion, Mordred, is the only one that sees her as herself, and not as the false Queen of Camelot. I think a lot of readers will find this relationship disappointing, whether from a perspective of queer-baiting, or just from the author’s lack of doing anything interesting with her female Lancelot—both were certainly the case for me. Though there are some hints to what female Lancelot’s true purpose is, (view spoiler)[ being some sort of free agent for the powerful Lady of the Lake (hide spoiler)] I found this terribly uninteresting. I would’ve liked to see Arthur fall for Lancelot, only for this female Lancelot to betray Camelot to the Lady of the Lake, or something more interesting than simply being a plot device or missed opportunity.  I was also dismayed by other narrative choices of The Camelot Betrayal. In an incredibly random turn of events, Guinevere decides to go on a quest to rescue Isolde, of the Tristan and Isolde legend, from being burned at the stake. Um, if characters need to tell the readers several times that they are going on a quest and how exciting it is, that should be a sign to the author that what she is writing is extremely random and an odd decision. Basically, it felt like playing a video game, when suddenly a side quest that most of all the characters decide is extremely important for various, questionable reasons, locks all the progress for the rest of the game until you complete it.  “No one was safe around her. She was not a protector. She was a curse.” This side quest was very frustrating, bizarre, and above all, unnecessary and only led to Guinevere making even more extremely poor and impulsive decisions. The Camelot Betrayal tries to use this side quest and Guinevere’s rash decision-making as a bonding point for her and for King Arthur—the weight of the crown and all that jazz—but I didn’t find it convincing or interesting, just forced. Guinevere was already interesting in her own right without costing the lives of others with her magic and blaming herself for it—this just made her seem weak and unsure to me—more like the typical, classic indecisive Guinevere, who is constantly torn between two men and unable to make a rational decision to save her life. I much preferred in The Guinevere Deception where she believed herself to be the protector of King Arthur and was more confident in her own abilities to protect him. Though I think The Camelot Betrayal wanted to make her more sympathetic and pull her closer to Arthur, I didn’t like her lack of conviction and belief in herself, and her blindness to the matters of her heart. The Camelot Betrayal’s Guinevere no longer felt like a false, capable Guinevere, but the old and familiar one, which was sad to me. “Mordred thinks you are something special. Something new.” Morgana frowned, pressing her forehead against Guinevere’s in an embrace. “But we are always special. We are always new. Until they manage to destroy us.” What was more entertaining to me than the character development of Guinevere or Lancelot, as well as their foolish side quests, was the appearance of Guinevere’s younger sister, Guinevach, at Camelot. Guinevere is plagued with worry that Merlin’s spell to make her appear as the true Guinevere, and not an imposter, has not worked on this younger sister. And with not having the true Guinevere’s memories or even her own, she is woefully unable to play-act the part of the real, deceased Guinevere that her sister knew. I was very intrigued by this twist, which never occurred to me at all is in the realm of possibilities for what could happen in The Camelot Betrayal.   “Ah, yes. That story. That is what happens when men tell your stories. Would you like to hear the real story?” But much like the case of Lancelot’s, the conclusion to the mystery of Guinevach’s intentions were entirely anticlimactic and disappointing. After all of Guinevere’s worrying, and Arthur’s refusal to believe Guinevere's worry that her sister is any threat to Camelot or to his own wife herself, it (view spoiler)[ turns out Merlin’s spell worked on her, or something, and Guinevach just wants to be close to her sister, with no nefarious intentions whatsoever. And shockingly, Guinevere quickly makes amends with her like she never suspected her of being a threat to the realm. (hide spoiler)] To me, this really undermined one of the greater themes of the novel, that men rewrite history to suit themselves, not believing in the agency of women to have any role in this same history. I thought this entire storyline and how it was handled so simply, like that of Tristan and Isolde’s and Lancelot’s, really did a disservice to the series. It was also shocking that appearance of Morgan le Fay, the most devious witch of Arthurian legend, made so very little waves. I also wished that the series would make up its mind on one of its other main themes, of men or women being the true villains of history. The series really seems to change its mind on this theme constantly, one moment showing men willfully unable to comprehend the true power of women, their own ways of fighting through gossip, back-handed compliments, or societal scheming and the next making it appear that men are the only ones with power and the ability to change things. I think perhaps originally Lancelot was made female to further show Arthur and his knights discounting the ability of women to fight or to be capable of more than embroidery, but then the series constantly backtracks by making it seem like Guinevere will actually be the one to destroy Camelot and those important to her. Can women accomplish things or not? It's as if the series can't decide whether or not to follow the roots of the legend, with Guinevere ultimately leading to the downfall of Camelot and its virtues, or to create a new, feminist version where these ladies are powerful and capable of saving the men and their kingdom. It's a shame, because the series could've been far greater and more coherent if it had just simply decided on what it wanted to be—a world run entirely men, doomed to be ruined by women, or saved by women's same secret, unrecognized power.  Instead, The Camelot Betrayal swings back and forth between these two dichotomous possibilities, and as a result feels messy, indecisive and like one giant missed opportunity for decisive and decent foreshadowing. “My sweet, foolish boys. My stolen brother and my tragic son. You may yet be the death of them both.” Despite this indecision in story-telling and other, lacking writing choices in character development as well as in the constant telling and not showing that was present in the first novel as well, I really enjoy these books. And after writing this review especially, I’m not exactly sure why I like them so much. Whether it’s my love for the character of Mordred or just seeing the classic characters in new situations, I tear through this series, and I can say with certainty that I will be reading the next entry in the trilogy. I’ve even thought about buying physical copies of the trilogy to put next to my other King Arthur retellings, but I’m going to wait to see how much I like the conclusion of the trilogy. The Camelot Betrayal leaves off on quite the cliffhanger, but as it promises much more Mordred, I hope to be very happy in the next entry of the series. It would be a deal breaker for me if something bad happens to his character, and I imagine I would not want copies of the series if author Kiersten White decides that his character needs to meet a tragic end, as the character so often does in legend. With all this in mind, I really struggled with what rating to give both entries in the series, The Camelot Betrayal especially. Though I really enjoy these books, I know the writing is subpar, so I can’t in good conscience give them higher ratings. And as I found The Camelot Betrayal’s/ meandering storyline and lackluster characterization even weaker than its predecessor, Bloggingwithdragons.com My Book Review Policy Connect with Me: |instagram||tumblr||twitter||pinterest||facebook||email|

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jenn

    I skimmed a LOT. I just didn’t care. I’m spoiled and wanted romance. I didn’t get it. I’m holding out hope for the next one. We shall see... I received an arc and this is my small snippet review.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Alaina

    I have received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I have questions. So so so so so so SO many questions right now guys. The Camelot Betrayal was a really good book to dive into. I mean, I got sucked in and each chapter and page was going by so fast. A lot happens in this book and the twists and such made me think so many things. Honestly, so many ships and so much chemistry and sparks flying left and right throughout this book. Of course things happen that tried to sway me I have received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I have questions. So so so so so so SO many questions right now guys. The Camelot Betrayal was a really good book to dive into. I mean, I got sucked in and each chapter and page was going by so fast. A lot happens in this book and the twists and such made me think so many things. Honestly, so many ships and so much chemistry and sparks flying left and right throughout this book. Of course things happen that tried to sway me from my potential ships but I stayed strong and kept pushing through. Not sure what the outcome will be for anyone romantically but I'm hopeful for someone to be happy in the end. Also, I got more of Mordred and I was a very happy girl. Also Lancelot was still lovable in this book as well. Ugh, so many characters to fall in love with - except for that little girl. Other than that, Guinevere definitely grows throughout the book and is starting to figure out who she truly is. It just sucks that I'm confused about it all right now. I'm not going to lie. That cliffhanger ending has me developing so many questions. Heck, the whole book gave me a long list of them. I'm hoping that the next book will give me some amazing answers and excitement.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Alex

    2020 has been so long that I didn't realize it's only technically been a few months since I read The Guinevere deception, but it was really fun to dive back into this world and characters. My biggest irk with the first book was the amount of perspective chapters we got from (I believe) The Dark Queen and those were gone here, replaced instead with looks into Guinevere's dreams and the backstories of other characters which I enjoyed a lot more. I don't think this quite suffers from middle-book-syn 2020 has been so long that I didn't realize it's only technically been a few months since I read The Guinevere deception, but it was really fun to dive back into this world and characters. My biggest irk with the first book was the amount of perspective chapters we got from (I believe) The Dark Queen and those were gone here, replaced instead with looks into Guinevere's dreams and the backstories of other characters which I enjoyed a lot more. I don't think this quite suffers from middle-book-syndrome but it definitely suffers from middle-book-protagonist-syndrome. Guinevere makes some decisions that are downright idiotic and made me want to scream at her, but I'm guessing that was all necessary to set up third book conflicts. Still, it made her a lot harder to root for since I found her a lot less likable than in the first book. I can't wait to see where this series goes next. (also, I'm madly in love with Lancelot which is definitely a sentence I never thought I'd be saying)

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