**Disclaimer: I was given a free e-ARC of the below in exchange for an honest review as part of a tour hosted by TBR and Beyond Tours.**
Title The Camelot Betrayal (Camelot Rising #2)
Author Kiersten White
Release Date November 10, 2020
Publisher Delacorte Press
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?
Giveaway (US Only)
Finished copy of The Camelot Betrayal. The giveaway ends on November 16th.
I was super excited to be chosen for this tour. I really enjoyed the first book and I love a good King Arthur retelling. I also loved the way Tristan and Isolde’s story was woven into the plot and was eager to know more about them.
Some Things I Liked
- As mentioned above, I love the Tristan and Isolde elements. I hope we get more Isolde in the next book and that Tristan also finds someone special. I loved the idea of weaving these tales together.
- The Last Kingdom vibes. For anyone who’s read my blog posts before, you know I’m a big fan of the show. I loved the way Hild, Isolde, and even Guinevere’s stories felt like the hit Viking show. Guinevere’s identity crisis is very reminiscent of Uhtred’s and I also really enjoyed the morally grey characters and their parallels.
- Mordred. He’s definitely my favorite. I wanted more of him but I loved every scene I got. He’s such an interesting and, I suspect, misunderstood character. I really hope he’s featured more prominently in book 3.
One Thing I Wasn’t Crazy About
- The romance. It’s way to slow burn for my taste. Also, the love square is unbearable. Everyone is going to get hurt and the only resolution I can see for that is if two or more characters involved die and I would just hate that. For the record, I’m Team Mordred.
I’ll definitely stick with this series. The beginning of this book had a slow start but it really picked up in the second half. The titular betrayal cut me deep and I’m going to be on the edge of my seat waiting for book 3.
I enjoyed this book. I was a little bored in the beginning because the romance was slow and there wasn’t much action but it really ramped up and the second half was fantastic. I can’t wait to see what happens in the final installment.
Recommendations for Further Reading
- The Excalibur Curse by Kiersten White – I am super excited to read the next book in this series. Despite not having a release date, I’m still patiently waiting for it. I have no doubt it will be a thrilling conclusion to this series.
- The Kinder Poison by Natalie Mae – if you are also Team Mordred, and you enjoy moral greyness, and a charismatic villain, try this series.
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