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Synopsis: "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?
The second book in a new fantasy trilogy from New York Times bestselling 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. "
My Review: This was one of my most anticipated releases of the year. I love the way White is able to twist something so well known and give it new life with a different perspective. I was a little hesitant with this one though with the added element of the sister but I ended up really enjoying it. I definitely feel like Guinevere lost a bit of her footing after the last book and it was great watching her confidence grow throughout this book. Of course, Kiersten White once again got me hoping for everything to work out for the characters even though I know the various legends, so it was a bit bittersweet with the events involving Arthur near the end. All in all, this was a bit of a slower book but I really enjoyed the developments the characters made and the progress of the story.
My Rating: I really appreciate what White has done with this familiar story, she has created that found family/friend unit from the ground up and instead of surrounding Arthur, it is being built around Guinevere. I am really enjoying watching this happen on the page. I give it a rating of Four Paws.
I received a complimentary copy of this book via Netgalley (I also purchase my own physical copy and audiobook). The above is my honest review and opinion.