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The Camelot Betrayal: Camelot Rising, Book 2

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Hazy storytelling, but Guinevere the witch still intrigues.

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Fantasy fans will enjoy this second trip to Camelot as intrigue builds and relationships get more complicated, but sometimes this world seems as hazy as Guinevere's memory. It doesn't help that The Camelot Deception starts with a half-formed dream of the Lady of the Lake and the Dark Queen. It's too much mystery with too little explanation until much later in the story. Other events also happen with too little build-up, like rescue missions and encounters with Mordred and magical foes. Some of those encounters don't build on the plot of this particular story either. This is one of those sequels where you can easily sort what's setup for the finale.

Still, author Kiersten White will draw readers in with what she always does expertly: digging into complex characters, especially strong women in a world of men (see her fabulous And I Darken series). And the love triangle everyone saw coming -- because it's always been part of Arthurian legend -- is a deliciously tangled mess of emotions and desires. Even if the storytelling can get a little hazy, it's clear by the cliffhanger ending that the finale will be worth it.

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