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Review: Cursed by Thomas Wheeler

Cursed by Thomas Wheeler

Thomas Wheeler
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Published October 1, 2019

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About Cursed

Soon to be a Netflix original series!

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.

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My Review

An Arthurian story with female lead? Yes, please. I love the description of this book. CURSED is really different than the original story of Arthur and Merlin. I like a lot of the ways the characters and story are reimagined, though.

Merlin is this flawed man who’s hundreds of years old, thanks in part to his magic. Arthur hasn’t really become the hero yet, but you see glimpses of his potential through the story. And then there are all of these really fascinating minor characters in the story, too. With some of them, as their names get revealed, it makes so much sense how they will fit into the story.

Nimue is another great character. I love her adventurous spirit and the way she begins to embrace her role as a leader to her people.

The only part of the book that I really struggled with was the amount of violence. It’s just really not my thing. I’m way too squeamish for a lot of battle gore and torture is way too over the line for me. So I skimmed a few places where the violence got to be too intense.

Other than that, I think it’s a super imaginative tale with lots to offer to fans of the Arthur story and fantasy fans alike.

Content Notes

Recommended for Ages 17 up.

Some characters are from tribes with magic powers or differences in their appearance (tusks, etc). Others are basically English characters.

Profanity/Crude Language Content

Romance/Sexual Content
Kissing between a boy and girl. In one scene, a couple bathe together in a hot spring.

Spiritual Content
Nimue belongs to a tribe with the ability to connect to spirits they call the hidden. She learns to use this ability in different ways. She becomes the keeper of a powerful sword rumored to grant ultimate rule to a king who claims it. Red paladins fight the Druid tribes seeking to destroy anyone with magic, believing they are an abomination to God and that destroying them is a purifying act.

Violent Content
So. Much. Violence. Lots of battle violence and gore. Some torture and references to torture. Child soldiers. It’s pretty brutal.

Drug Content
Some reference to drinking alcohol.

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