Overall rating: So-so 🤷🏻♀️
Cursed is a YA retelling of the King Arthur story told from the point of view of Nimue, a female Fey whose village is viciously ransacked. The aftermath leaves her orphaned with a final mission given to her by her mother, get the sword to Merlin.
The story starts off really strong and full of action which, surprisingly, carries on through most of the book. There were some pieces in the middle where I felt the different characters got a bit confusing and the plot slowed down for me but as with any first novel in a series, they came together with time. The ending was worthwhile, pulling together the overlying themes of self growth and coming of age.
Overall, there were some really great parts of this book. I loved the action, I loved the strong female lead and I loved the magical element but something about it missed the mark for me. 3-stars.
So, do I recommend it? Possibly. If you’re a diehard purest of the original tale, the changes in this story may not be for you but if you’re a fan of fantasy and open to exploring and expanding the the original Arthurian legend,this may be something you enjoy.
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