Saturday, September 14, 2019

#ARCREVIEW: Cursed By Thomas Wheeler, Illustrated by Frank Miller

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Cursed by Thomas Wheeler, Illustrated by Frank Miller
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Release Date: October 1st, 2019
Format: egalley*
My Rating: 
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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.
I really like Arthurian Myth, and I haven't read a lot of retellings (save for Avalon High by Meg Cabot which is amazing), so I was really excited to get my hands on this book. I think this book has an interesting take because it pulls in a lot of the myths but also puts it in the backdrop of how Christianity started to take over. It really focuses a lot on how pagans and people of other religions were straight up hunted down by the church. It's definitely an interesting take on the myth, but in the historical context it makes a lot of sense.

I kind of love that in this retelling the hero is actually Nimue...not Arthur. Girl is a BAMF, and I loved watching her grow in strength. She went from a young girl who didn't want any responsibly, but ends up as the person who can stop the war. I also enjoyed that Merlin is kind of written as a drunk in this book. It made me laugh. That's not really a spoiler, but he has some interesting things about him in this one. 

This book also has some illustrations along with the printed words which are done by Frank Miller. Miller is pretty big in the comic world, so he might sound familiar to you. I have to admit...I don't think I really care for his illustration style. I think I will get a lot of hate for that, but I just don't think it's for me. The artwork in here didn't really appeal to me all that much, but if you are a Miller fan you will probably really enjoy it.

My only big obstacles with this book was the ending! It ends on a big moment, that just felt so incomplete to me. I'm not sure if this is just one book and its going to be a series. The ending just felt a little flat to me.

I think if you like Frank Miler or are interesting in Arthurian myth you will enjoy this one!

*I received a review copy of this book via the publisher Simon and Schuster Children's Publishing via Netgalley. I voluntarily read and reviewed this book and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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