The Camelot Betrayal by Kiersten White (Camelot Rising #2)
Reviewed by Sam!
What I drank prior: book club nighttttt. I hate that I’ve had a bottle of wine and a seltzer and I don’t feel super drunk but I’ve had a bottle of wine and a seltzer and I should be good to write a review.
The second book in a new fantasy trilogy from New York Timesbestselling 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?
Drunk Overview: This is the sequel to the Guinevere Deception. A book I didn’t love for a variety of reasons, check the review here if you don’t want spoils. Or don’t. Like Minda says, not your mom.
So we know Gwen isn’t actually Gwen and she accidentally resurrected the dark queen and Modred betrayed her. Gwen chose Arthur and Modred isn’t happy about that but based on what we know, she really should have chosen Modred based on connection alone but betrayal is a thing so she didn’t and now the looming threat is there abd they have no idea when or how this lady is gonna attack Camelot.
Spoiler-free Thoughts: like book 1, this was fine. And only cause the last 25% had actual plot that mattered.
Characters: so like…. there’s only one new character really and it’s the “sister” that we don’t know if it’s the sister cause Gwen isn’t the real Gwen. The other characters make the choices we expect them to make. There is literally no character growth for any of them and wow I don’t think I’ve ever read a 2nd book where that’s the case.
Plot: ok so…. like the first one, this feels like there’re a bunch of side plots that don’t actually matter like Isolde and the festival and the not-pirates. But like… none of it mattered? The only but that mattered was like the last small bit. We talk to Morgaine. We have an actual threat. And that’s what pushed the plot forward. The other things were side quests at best. Page filler at worst. I just need this to be done to get my major question answered “who is she?” Which I still didn’t get answered and it certainly doesn’t follow the lore.
Writing Style: eh
World Building: also eh. Like I just need this to be over.
What to pair it with: wine cooler. Entirely too sweet and does not do the job.
Until next time, we remain forever drunkenly yours,