Once & Future

Once & Future

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King Arthur as you've never imagined! This bold, sizzling YA retells the popular legend with the Once and Future King as a teenage girl -- and she has a universe to save.
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.
*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, humor, and suspense." -- Kirkus
Publisher: New York ; Boston : Little, Brown and Company, 2019.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780316449274
031644927X
Branch Call Number: YA CAPETTA
Characteristics: 354 pages ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: McCarthy, Cori
Alternative Title: Once and future

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LPL_WilliamO Apr 15, 2019

This is the queer, genderbent, SciFi retelling of the legend of King Arthur you didn't know you wanted. It'll draw you in and have you begging for more. Fortunately, there's a followup due out next year. READ IT!


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mdnormand
Jul 18, 2019

So, I am not the target audience for this book. I love a good fantasy and especially enjoy King Arthur or Merlin tales. When I heard this was a futuristic adaptation with a female Arthur I figured I had to try it out.
Unfortunately for me the book is more about relationships with a soft connection to Arthurian legend. I think if you take out all of the hooking up you’d be left with fun, light J fiction novel.
But, this is a teen book and the relationships and sexuality of the characters drive the story. I do believe teens with any connection to the LGBTQ community will love reading about the diversity and seeing themselves in one of these legendary characters. And the writing is good... a little juvenile at times and some of the dialogue is forced. But, I rated it for potential and knowing that the book will delight others. Just not me.

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peterstebinger
Jul 04, 2019

Outstanding LGBTQ+ retelling of the King Arthur legend in space. If you like recast of classic tales - Read this!

LPL_WilliamO Apr 15, 2019

This is the queer, genderbent, SciFi retelling of the legend of King Arthur you didn't know you wanted. It'll draw you in and have you begging for more. Fortunately, there's a followup due out next year. READ IT!

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supergirl421
Apr 11, 2019

I DNF'd This book as I found I wasn't enjoying the story and Writing Style.

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