There is nothing in the world as magical and terrifying as a girl.
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?
From New York Times bestselling author Kiersten White comes a new fantasy series reimagining the Arthurian legend, set in the magical world of Camelot.
Oh my gosh you guys. I want to start by saying I did enjoy the majority of this book. In fact, despite the epic treatise on knot magic (more on this later!), I think it was largely a four star read. BUT. That ending. Wtaf. I was so very let down by the ending, and spent about an hour rant texting my friends who I was reading with lol.
So I’m started at the end. This is apparently the first book in a trilogy but it feels like half of that book. We get no answers to all the teases and taunts laid out throughout the book. One major thing (or set of a couple of things, really) happens and that’s it. The book spends literally THE ENTIRE TIME making you wonder who she really is. It’s even in the blurb. And WE DONT FIND OUT. omg. I’m so angry you guys. It was such a let down and easily reduced the star rating I gave.
Okay all that aside (and trust me that is a much more condensed version of the rant lol), I *did* enjoy the concept and the story. I liked what little we saw of Arthur, who we frankly didn’t see enough. I loved Brangien. And Guinevere is interesting because you aren’t sure who she is. I have my suspicious but it’s super annoying not to know. I did really like her knot magic. There is *a lot* of it though, so it’s definitely not for everyone. But I liked the concept, and how it was sometimes fleeting, and how it took its toll on Guinevere.
I really liked the patchwork knight and how that played out too, plus the witches in the woods. I want more of them. I’m trying not to spoil so I won’t say much about the knight, but I will say that I really didn’t need the queer baiting that happened. I found it frustrating and unnecessary.
Same with Mordred and Guinevere. I liked their friendship and his interest soured it for me. Plus love quadrangle wtf lol.
Overall the story is enjoyable but the romance and the ending dragged it down. I will probably try to read the next one but only if someone guarantees we find out more about who Guinevere actually is!!
from Amazon UK.