The Camelot Betrayal by Kiersten White
Releases: November 10, 2020
"...magic and romance and betrayal so epic Queen Guinevere remains the most famous queen who never lived."
Want to know about the first book? You can read my review of Book 1 here!
Now, back to our powerful Queen Guinevere and the Arthurian legend as we've never seen it before! Book 2 did not disappoint, and I am in immediate need of Book 3 now, please and thank you.
The Camelot Betrayal sets us back into the land of Camelot following the events of book one. Guinevere is struggling with the betrayal of Mordred and the part she played in bringing the Dark Queen back to physical form, not to mention the trauma of being kidnapped and what she had to do to save herself. She continues to question herself--is she the queen Camelot needs, can she ever be that queen? With no memories of her past, Guinevere aches for the company and memories of those around her, but when the real Guinevere's sister shows up at court, Guinevere must decide if the charade is up or if her sister was sent for more nefarious reasons.
I have always loved the legends of King Arthur and his knights, and I spent a lot of time growing up reading and watching so many adaptations. It's such a nice change to see the story from Guinevere's perspective (and not one centered around her affair with Lancelot). She's powerful and holds her own! To get a trilogy? Be still my heart, I love it so much.
I really enjoyed the first book, The Guinevere Deception, and was so excited to get my hands on the second installment of the Camelot Rising trilogy. While it felt different than the first one, for many reasons, I still loved it. White makes being inside a girl's head with no past really interesting and fun. What Guinevere lacks in memories, she makes up for with what she does in the present. Though she's focused on what she doesn't remember, she's powerful and friendly with people surrounding her who would do anything for her (those who know who she really is and those who don't). She's a really likable protagonist, even if she makes mistakes. It grounds her and makes her seem more real.
Though I love Guinevere, I must admit, I missed Mordred and of course the dynamic between the two of them. Even though I know he isn't the guy I'm supposed to root for, I can't help myself! We did, however, get to spend more time with Arthur and got to know him as a character a bit more (which did make me warm to him a bit). Though I can't quite put my finger on why, I'm still not gung-ho for him and Guinevere. He's obviously a kind hearted guy (all the stories say so), but he has to have more to him. He falls a little flat as the Good Guy. Give me more, make me love him! OR give me Mordred back. I missed the witty, cunning Mordred that tested Guinevere and brought out a different side of her. Obviously, I have a thing for the moody bad boy in books. Anyway...
I also really enjoyed the adventures and the new characters. I was happy to see my favorites from the first book back, but it's always nice when new characters fit right in and make me love them, too. They were very interesting and were great foils for Guinevere. I like that the events of the first book really continued to play a part in this one; it's in how Guinevere must now look at the world and the people surrounding her. Are they who they say they are? Are they one of the Dark Queen's minions? White had me guessing the intentions of every character alongside Guinevere.
I will say I was beginning to guess the big twist, but White reveals it right on time. I just felt so enveloped in this story, I couldn't put it down. Each scene, each character, draws you in and I love it.
Definitely pick this one up on November 10th!