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The Guinevere Deception by Kiersten White
Young adult

The Guinevere Deception

by Kiersten White

Quick take

You know King Arthur? This series gives his notorious wife some well-deserved time in the spotlight.

Good to know

  • Illustrated icon, Icon_ForbiddenLove

    Forbidden love

  • Illustrated icon, Icon_FemaleFriendship

    Female friendships

  • Illustrated icon, Icons_Series

    First in series

  • Illustrated icon, Icon_BasedOnAClassic

    Based on a classic

Why I love it

Lily Philpott

I love a good King Arthur retelling, but because there are so many adaptations out there, I’m pretty picky about which ones to indulge in. Thankfully, The Guinevere Deception ticks all the boxes of what I'm looking for in an Arthurian story: there's a badass, magic-wielding Guinevere; a simmering love triangle; action-packed sword fights; and exciting deviations from the dusty original that keep you guessing.

As the title suggests, the book focuses on Guinevere, a young woman sent to Camelot to marry King Arthur in order to secure a political alliance. But Guinevere is not who she says she is. She's less a demure princess than a fierce, kind-hearted warrior and witch, tasked by Merlin with protecting Arthur from a grave danger destined to attack him from inside Camelot.

You might think you know the story of King Arthur, but in this book nothing is at it seems. The Guinevere Deception leaps off the page with a gorgeously detailed medieval setting, and its intricate mystery—not to mention forbidden romance—captivated me from page one. (Plus, I won't spoil it, but the reveal of one of Arthur's knights made me want to fling the book across the room in glee.) You'll love this book if you're looking for a historical fantasy that breathes new life into a classic story, infusing it with magic, romance, and women who are not to be trifled with.

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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?

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  • Longview, TX

    Heart strong Guinevere stories! Magic and mysterious background only improve the story. Also, those vibes between her and Mordred?? *fans myself* Kiersten White always delivers; can’t wait for book 2!

  • Darlington, MD

    What isn't excellent about a King Arthur retelling? Absolutely nothing. I loved this and I am ready for the second book to be out yesterday. Strong female character, magic, hunky knights... Greatstory

  • Knoxville, TN

    I have always loved the story of King Arthur and Merlin. I loved seeing such a unique twist on such a famous story. Beautiful world, unique characters, and a romance to die for! Would highly recommend

  • Riverton, NJ

    This is a really interesting take on a story we all know, and I really appreciate the creativity. Guinevere is a strong, badass narrator and she is surrounded by interesting characters. Worth a read!

  • LaPlata, MD

    I truly enjoyed this alt universe retelling of King Arthur/Camelot. The heroine is still finding her way in this novel, but by the end she’s on a good course that will lead to a great next chapter!

  • Columbia, MO

    I love a retelling of a classic myth & I especially like this one as it casts Guinevere in a new light. I'm not sure about you but I always thought she never got a fair shake in the story of Camelot.

  • Denton, TX

    It was so good!! I couldn't put the book down and finished it in just a few hours, the narration and writing style is so perfect for the tone of the book and the plot and characterizations? Flawless!

  • Ventura, CA

    Wonderful!!!! I have a soft spot for Arthurian retellings, but this one did something special. It was new and fresh, while still containing all of the old themes I love. LOVE Lancelot in this too!

  • Roseville, MN

    Main character pretends to be Guinevere to save the kingdom. This deception takes a toll. She's never sure what is the right decision. Traditional high fantasy with twists and turns but enjoyable.

  • Wrightwood, CA

    I finally got around to reading this, and I so enjoyed it! I am SO happy the sequel comes out next month and that I didn’t read it when I got it. I don’t think I could’ve waited so long!

  • Spearfish, SD

    This is a wonderful retelling of the legend of King Arthur. The characters were well-developed, and so was the setting. Guinivere is a fantastic protagonist, and I look forward to the sequel!

  • Butler, MO

    I thought this book was well written. It definitely had me hooked until the very end. Loved all the twists and turns and the friendship/love of every character. Can't wait for the next book!

  • Pasadena, CA

    I absolutely loved this book. It was riveting and daring and captured every single corner of your imagination. I could not believe the turns the author made, but I adored every single one.

  • Hartsdale, NY

    Really well-crafted and detailed retelling of the Arthurian legend. I love the aspect of found-family in this novel and the focus on the importance of strength and unity between women.


    Loved this book! It's a great new YA series. I love the ties to Arthurian legend, and revisiting favorites like Guinevere, Arthur, and Mordred. I can't wait for the next in the series!

  • Kissimmee, FL

    Loved this! Brought new fresh life to something I loved so much. Not at all cheesy or over done. Leans against tropes and modernizes the mythology while maintaining integrity of it.

  • Dayton, TN

    This is one of the best retellings that I've ever read. There's mystery and chaos and so many interesting characters in a world that's both familiar and a stranger all at once.

  • Indianola, IA

    This book did everything I hoped: I was intrigued, falling in love, mesmerized, confused, and dumped into the world of the story. A fantastic take on the Arthurian legends!

  • Rock Springs, WY

    Now that school is finally over i have some time to read again and this book was a nice start. I love the tale of King Arthur and this was a really cool spin put on it.

  • Louisville , KY

    I loved this new take on the classic King Arthur and Camelot tale. It was so perfect and magical. Exactly what I was in the mood for. Kiersten White never disappoints.

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