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Cursed - An Arthurian Re-Telling with Feminist Touch!

Updated: Jul 29

Hello all! Its me again with another book review. This time it is Cursed written by Thomas Wheeler and illustrated by Frank Miller! Basically this is King Arthur retelling with female protagonist!


Nimue (Lady of Lake from original story) is a teenage girl from SkyFolk clan (one of the many Fey Kind of People with their lifestyles integrated with nature and magic) and daughter of the village chief. She is touched by dark magic in her young age hence she will be treated as an outcast in her own clan.


There is a puppet King Uther, who supposed to be ruling the kingdom is either deceived by Merlin the Magician or His Mother Queen Regent and there is an usurper who claims himself as true heir to the throne.


There is some religious group serving to one True God who proclaim themselves as Red Paladins. They are controlled by pope and church of Vatican. They take it upon themselves to cleanse the earth of creatures other than Human Kind. They raid many Fey villages and burn them to ashes.


When Nimue's village is put to torches, her mother set her on an expedition to hand over the Sword of Power to Merlin. When Nimue is caught in the middle of 3 powerful forces who were looking for the sword, She gains acquaintance of young mercenary named Arthur and thereafter travel together but their loyalty is tested number of times.


But soon when the time comes, will Nimue be ready to make a terrible sacrifice for the survival of the Fey Kind? Will she be able to deliver the sword to Merlin and keep her head to herself? What will be the fate of the sword? And who is that one true king? are all answered in the course of the story.


This is my first Arthurian Retelling so I enjoyed it. Its kinda slow burn and the momentum is gained only after 60%. I was kind of disappointed at the illustrations though. It was nowhere related to the story. May be if you are fan of Frank Miller you might like it. I will rate the book between 3.5 to 4⭐


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