Sword in the Stars

320p. (Once & Future: Bk. 2). Little, Brown/Jimmy Patterson Bks. Apr. 2020. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780316449298..
Gr 9 Up–A thrilling sequel and epic conclusion to Capetta and McCarthy’s Once and Future. After defeating the Mercer Corporation in her first battle, Ari (the 42nd incarnation of King Arthur), Queen Gweneviere, the cursed young Merlin, and the Rainbow Knights travel back in time to the Middle Ages to steal Arthur’s Grail from the all-seeing time enchantress, the Lady of the Lake. While on the perilous quest, these futuristic time-traveling heroes can’t skew the time line or alter the course of history—an impossible task once Ari comes face-to-face with the original Arthurian legend, and the young, cursed Merlin meets his older past self. After completing her quest, Ari must face a powerful foe in the final battle that will determine her fate and the end or continuation of the curse that brings the Arthurian legend alive throughout time. This is a stimulating installment in a stellar series. The descriptions, character development, unique plot twists, and conclusion will leave readers thirsting for a third novel. Pair with Kiersten White’sThe Guinevere Deception and Mari Mancusi’s The Camelot Code.
VERDICT This inclusive, gender-bent adventure story is a must-have science fiction/fantasy sequel for all young adult collections.

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