*I received a copy of this title from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*
Title: Once & Future
Author: Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy
Publisher: Jimmy Patterson
Publication Date: March 26, 2019
I’ve been chased my whole life. As a fugitive refugee in the territory controlled by the tyrannical Mercer corporation, I’ve always had to hide who I am. Until I found Excalibur.
Now I’m done hiding.
My name is Ari Helix. I have a magic sword, a cranky wizard, and a revolution to start.
When Ari crash-lands on Old Earth and pulls a magic sword from its ancient resting place, she is revealed to be the newest reincarnation of King Arthur. Then she meets Merlin, who has aged backward over the centuries into a teenager, and together they must break the curse that keeps Arthur coming back. Their quest? Defeat the cruel, oppressive government and bring peace and equality to all humankind.
No pressure.Review: Overall, this book was just okay for me. It took me a while to get into it initially (cue my eternal struggle with scifi) because I felt like there was a lot of jumping around. I did enjoy some of the characters in the story and I loved that there was a nod to Disney’s Sword in the Stone in there as well.
If you’re looking for a book completely saturated with queer relationships and characters, then this will definitely be right up your alley! There are a few gay relationships, gender fluidity, and even an ace character. This story also doesn’t shy away from sex as well. I really enjoyed the chemistry between two main relationships and one of them was super slow burn.
Now there were a few issues I had regarding the plot and overall flow of the book. There was one part where there was a major time jump with absolutely no transition or explanation. It just kind of happened and it really threw me off, making me think I completely missed something. That’s when things started to go downhill for me. The story got confusing and the end felt rushed. There were also a few twists that irritated me quite a bit.
If you’re in the mood for a super inclusive retelling of King Arthur, then check this book out. While it didn’t completely deliver for me, it was still an okay story in my mind and I think I probably enjoyed the characters and relationships the most.