- File Size: 3028 KB
- Print Length: 368 pages
- Publisher: jimmy patterson (April 7, 2020)
- Publication Date: April 7, 2020
- Sold by: Hachette Book Group
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07X2JD2T9
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,870 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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About the Author
Cori McCarthy studied poetry and screenwriting before falling in love with writing for teens at Vermont College of Fine Arts. From a military family, Cori was born on Guam and lived a little bit of everywhere before she landed in Michigan.
Amy Rose Capetta has spent half of her life writing and the other half in theaters. She studied acting at the Stella Adler Studio as a teenager, spent four years in a Shakespeare troupe, and holds a degree in theater arts from the University of California, Santa Cruz, as well as a master of fine arts in writing for children and young adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts.--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
'Empowering and boisterously modern.' (Booklist)
Praise for Once and Future:--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
‘When I read Once and Future, a bold unexpected re-telling of King Arthur as an immigrant teenage girl, I knew it had all the same thrilling elements that would make the legend…a modern favourite once again.’ James Patterson
‘The inclusive, gender-bent King Arthur retelling that your bookshelf has been missing... An adventure of epic scale.’ B & N Teen Blog
‘A marvelous mythology remix for teens who enjoy action-packed speculative fiction and genderqueer romance.’
Publishers Weekly (starred review)
‘All hail this worthier-than-ever, fresh and affirming reincarnation of the legendary king and her round table of knights, which dazzles with heroic flair, humour and suspense.’
Kirkus (starred review)
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They must infiltrate King Arthur's court without changing the future too much- a feat that proves more complicated when they assume the roles of the story. Merlin also finds himself to be a bit much- and apprentices himself to himself while trying to solve the mystery of his condition and try to reverse it.
If this plot sounds like a lot of fun, it's all delightfully packaged with quips, sarcasm, LGBT love stories, and plenty of twists and turns in the plot that surprised me along the way.
What I loved: This duology is probably one of the most unique and charming retellings (if you can even classify it as such) I have read. The character diversity is amazing with characters identifying as nonbinary, aro/ace, bisexual/homosexual, and of many different races. I love how they all fit together and the different perspectives we get to see by following different characters in third person limited points-of-view.
The writing flows really well and sweeps the reader away into this magical other timeline with comedy, mystery, and engaging characters. This wraps up the major storylines really well, and is quite a satisfying conclusion to such a great duology.
Final verdict: Unique, clever, and delightfully charming, SWORD IN THE STARS is a fantastic conclusion to an epic duology. Highly recommend for people who love sci-fi, comedy, mystery, fantasy, or retellings. There is something for everyone to love in this series!
Please note that I received an ARC. All opinions are my own.
Sword in the Stars is entirely precious. I loved the characters so much! They're diverse, full of heart, and brought back to a time where they have to hide who they are to survive. Sword in the Stars introduces time travel to the mix and if I thought I couldn't be more entertained, I was wrong! Our intrepid queer adventurers have to come to terms with our past mistakes, the way we catch up to us, or we to them. At the same time, we are asked about the role of destiny and agency in our lives.
Time travel can get messy. There's the Butterfly Effect and more, but Sword in the Stars plays with this idea in an entertaining and action packed way. It becomes so self-reflexive in its exploration, and play, with the re-telling aspect. Honestly, Sword in the Stars is one of those books where you can feel the authors having fun. And that fun is contagious!