Hi guys! Today is my stop for the Cursed blog tour and I’m so excited for this one! Cursed is releasing October 1st AND it’s set to be made into a Netflix series(starring Katherine Langford) in 2020! Keep reading to see my thoughts on the book as well as a chance to enter a giveaway for one copy of Cursed!
Author: Thomas Wheeler, Frank Miller
Genre: Fantasy, YA, Retelling
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release Date: October 1st
Synopsis:The Lady of the Lake is the true hero in this cinematic twist on the tale of King Arthur created by Thomas Wheeler and legendary artist, producer, and director Frank Miller (300, Batman: The Dark Night Returns, Sin City). Featuring 8 full color and 30 black-and-white pieces of original artwork by Frank Miller.
Whosoever wields the Sword of Power shall be the one true King.
But what if the Sword has chosen a Queen?
Nimue grew up an outcast. Her connection to dark magic made her something to be feared in her Druid village, and that made her desperate to leave…
That is, until her entire village is slaughtered by Red Paladins, and Nimue’s fate is forever altered. Charged by her dying mother to reunite an ancient sword with a legendary sorcerer, Nimue is now her people’s only hope. Her mission leaves little room for revenge, but the growing power within her can think of little else.
Nimue teams up with a charming mercenary named Arthur and refugee Fey Folk from across England. She wields a sword meant for the one true king, battling paladins and the armies of a corrupt king. She struggles to unite her people, avenge her family, and discover the truth about her destiny.
But perhaps the one thing that can change Destiny itself is found at the edge of a blade.
I wasn’t sure what to expect going into this other than it is an Arthur retelling, but it is so much more than that! Cursed is told from the point of view of Nimue, who is a complete badass. I thought it was pretty neat being told from her point of view rather than Arthur or Merlin. As one event leads to another, Nimue finds herself on a journey to bring the Sword to Merlin with action at every corner(literally, there was a ton of action in this one) The world was built up slowly with familiar characters being introduced throughout it and it was so neat to see the Swords journey through the eyes of the Lady of the Lake.
I thought this was a very unique and captivating King Arthur retelling. The pictures that are included were quite fun to see throughout the book and added more umph to the story. This was an extremely descriptive novel and I am very excited to see the Netflix show when it comes out. Watch out for the cliffhanger though! It will leaving you NEEDING to know what happens next! Recommendedfor fans of Arthurian legends(obviously), action-packed retellings, and all-around fantasy lovers. I am giving this 4 out 5 stars!
*Arc provided in exchange for honest review. All thoughts are my own. Many thanks to the FFBC and Simon and Schuster for having me on this tour!
Thomas Wheeler sold his first screenplay at age twenty-two, to Twentieth Century Fox. He has continued to work on major Hollywood features for the last several years. Wheeler lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Christina, and his son, Luca. The Arcanum is his first novel.
Frank Miller is an award-winning comic book writer, novelist, inker, screenwriter, film director, and producer best known for Daredevil, The Dark Knight Returns, Sin City, and 300, among others. He also created Cursed with Tom Wheeler, which is being adapted as a series for Netflix starring Katherine Langford. Visit him online at FrankMillerInk.com or on Twitter @FrankMillerInk.