A review by bridgette
The Guinevere Deception, by Kiersten White


2.5 stars

The nature horror at the beginning and end are five stars, but everything else is meh.

I loved the And I Darken trilogy, so I was super excited for this retelling. But it fell flat. The pacing was super slow and a lot of novel is just Guinevere going around Camelot doing a lot of nothing, trying to protect Arthur from this vague threat that is never specified. It was too vague to hold any weight or create any real tension.

Magic is outlawed in Camelot, but Guinevere has the magic (the entire point of her is having magic to protect Arthur from a magical threat now that Merlin is banished), but there's very little magic in this.

The side characters were far more interesting than Guinevere and a gender-swapped character has a lot of potential for later books, but I don't know that I will bother with the rest of the series.