Once & Future | Amy Rose Capetta & Cori McCarthy | Review

“Arthur was the one true king who saved his people from the Dark Ages. He gave a voice to all, righted the wrongs … made a round table.”






I’ve been chased my whole life. As a fugitive refugee in the territory controlled by the tyrannical Mercer corporation, I’ve always had to hide who I am. Until I found Excalibur.

Now I’m done hiding.

My name is Ari Helix. I have a magic sword, a cranky wizard, and a revolution to start.

When Ari crash-lands on Old Earth and pulls a magic sword from its ancient resting place, she is revealed to be the newest reincarnation of King Arthur. Then she meets Merlin, who has aged backward over the centuries into a teenager, and together they must break the curse that keeps Arthur coming back. Their quest? Defeat the cruel, oppressive government and bring peace and equality to all humankind.

No pressure.


Firstly I wanted to say that I received an early copy of this book from Rock the Boat. Thank you so much, I am so grateful to have been given this book for free.

I’m not really sure where to start with my review to this, I don’t really have much to say. I had so much hope going into this book, but I just couldn’t help but feel let down.

Once & Future is a gender bent retelling of the King Arthur story, but set in space. The book takes on a different view of this story which displays different sexual orientations. Our King Arthur protagonist, Ari, is a pansexual female. The legend that is Merlin is gay. If this is not the making of a quality plot then I don’t know what is. This part of the book I really enjoyed, it was refreshing to see such a modern take on such a popular myth.

I found that I really struggled with the writing style of this book, it just didn’t seem to draw me in. I feel like it was fast pace, but not fast paced that was a positive experience for me, I felt like too much was crammed in and I couldn’t enjoy the main plot as much as I would have liked. Whilst I liked what I was reading I did not feel the urge to pick the book up and found myself being able to leave the story where it was at the point that I left it. The last 100 pages were a skim read for me, I needed to know how the book ended but I did want to finish it as soon as I could. I definitely think this is just a personal thing for me and I have heard that so many other people thoroughly enjoyed this book.

The ending of this book did satisfy me and it made me want to read the next book so I am definitely looking forward to that. This retelling is so different to any other retelling that I have ever read. I recommend that you go and preorder this book which is out a week tomorrow! It is definitely a must read for 2019.

Again, thank you to Rock the Boat for sending me a free copy of this book. You can get preorder your copy here.

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