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Sword in the Stars

(Once & Future #2)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  101 ratings  ·  68 reviews
In this epic sequel to Once & Future, to save the future, Ari and her Rainbow knights pull off a heist... thousands of years in the past.

Ari Helix may have won her battle against the tyrannical Mercer corporation, but the larger war has just begun. Ari and her cursed wizard Merlin must travel back in time to the unenlightened Middle Ages and steal the King Arthur's
Paperback, 368 pages
Published April 7th 2020 by Rock the Boat
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    Enne (they/them)
    EXCUSE ME. The fact that I do not have this book in my hands right now is, quite frankly, homophobic.
    Mar 25, 2019 marked it as to-read
    Hi I need this. Right now.
    Feb 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: arc, own, 2020-read
    I received an ARC of this at Yallfest thanks to the publisher and The NOVL. All opinions are my own.

    Sword in the Stars had everything I loved in Once & Future plus even more! The medieval Camelot adventure and all the timeline hopping was both mind-boggling and entertaining to no end! The gang starts their misadventure by time traveling back to the middle ages of Camelot and of course, they are separated right off the bat.

    I loved seeing and living the tale of King Arthur through the
    Lauren Stoolfire
    I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

    I'm so glad I decided to stick with the Once & Future duology from Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy because it just gets better from where it left off. While the first book was a fun adventure, it didn't quite blow me away like I was hoping it would but Sword in the Stars picks up the slack. It's so much fun and quite a unique retelling at that. The characters have grown quite a bit throughout the course of the story and
    Sol ~ TheBookishKing
    majorly disappointed in this one / horrible pacing and lack of ability to tell a coherent story truly ruined this.
    Kathy - Books & Munches
    Apr 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: pre-orders
    After reading Once & Future, the first book in this amazing queer duology and.. I couldn't resist requesting the sequel as well. Huge thanks to Rock the Boat for providing me with an ecopy of this book to review!

    I lost my heart to this mix of sccience fiction and fantasy filled with queer rep so.. prepare for some gushing on my part!

    If you didn't know yet, both these books retell the story of King Arthur in the most brilliant way. Set in space, Once & Future already hit a lot of my
    Caught Between Pages
    A gorgeous, hopeful conclusion to this duology, and an excellent addition to the Arthurian canon.
    Ari, Merlin, and the knights of the rainbow get up every time the Big Baddies (both the tangible villains of the story, and the intangible, insidious forces of sexism, racism, homophobia, transphobia etc.) knock them down and never once is their triumph assumed, keeping the stakes high and the victories feeling all the more sweet. The relationships between the characters we know from O&F are
    Nicole| Booklover.zzz | Zamudio-Roman
    3.5 stars

    Lets start with what I liked. I really liked the unique story, characters, and plot twist. I was not a huge fan of the execution of it all.

    Idk what happened but the writing was amateurish, kinda bad, and hard to follow sometimes. Im really disappointed because I really enjoyed Once & Future. The book read like it had too much necessary content cut from it, which threw the flow of the narrative off. Occasionally the authors tried to come to the rescue a few times by doing a massive
    Wow wow wow wow wow.

    I've never read a book like Once and Future, I've never read a conclusion like Sword in the Stars. This duology is so good, and so important for spreading diversity in a genre that unfortunately doesn't see much of it. There's so much representation in these books, so much love, power, and determination sprinkled on every page. It makes me wish there was more for me to read, more books to anticipate, but, honestly, Sword in the Stars is the perfect end to this epic journey
    I really enjoyed Once and Future, the first book in this series, and the second book did not disappoint! The knights of the rainbow are back, like WAY back, in medieval times, and they are dropped right into the middle of the King Arthur legend. You can expect the same pace and almost nonstop action that came with Once and Future, along with amazing queerness and some twists and turns that you won't see coming.

    This book got super weird, but in the best way. And it had all the things I enjoyed in
    Thank you so much to the publisher for providing me with this eARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review!


    This cover!!! And the tagline "girls make better kings" I'm swooning.
    Ari Clay
    Sep 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Hello, my name is Ari & the fact that I don't currently have this book in my hands is, in fact, treason.
    Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    This book. Oh my heart. This book. I had WAY too much fun with this book. Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy truly outdid themselves and exceeded my wildest hopes by creating the most epic and perfect conclusion to this journey. First things first, and before I gush any further, Sword in the Stars is a sequel and should be read after Once and Future. Quick recap: Once & Future is Arthurian legend fantastically reimagined in spacehilarious, sexy, endlessly creative, and marvelously gay. In ...more
    Mar 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: yabc-reviews
    See my full review here:

    SWORD IN THE STARS is a satisfying conclusion to a delightful YA fantasy retelling of King Arthur in space! Picking up right after the first left off, we now catapult into the past- to the original King Arthur as the team must procure the Holy Grail. Merlin is still aging backward and getting frighteningly young, Ari is still in love with Gwen, and Gwen is still pregnant with Ari's brother Kay's baby. Merlin still has the hots for
    Lisa-marie Saunders
    Mar 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Absolutely superb sequel. I'm not a huge fan of time travel books, avoiding them usually, but this one was really great! Most time travel books either bamboozle me with science or are so simplistic as to be farcical. But this one was just the right level - and dealt with the 'grandfather paradox' absolutely perfectly, using it to further the story & complete it, making it make perfect sense, instead of allowing it to contradict. This book was the perfect blend of science-fiction and fantasy, ...more
    Mar 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    (Disclaimer: I received this book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

    Sword in the Stars is entirely precious. I loved the characters so much! They're diverse, full of heart, and brought back to a time where they have to hide who they are to survive. Sword in the Stars introduces time travel to the mix and if I thought I couldn't be more entertained, I was wrong! Our intrepid queer adventurers have to come to terms with our past mistakes, the way we
    Sara Codair
    I love love love everything about this book. It was the escape I absolutely needed right this week. It was beautiful and funny. It is literally my favorite Arthurian retelling ever.

    I got a free review copy from NetGalley. I probably will eventually post a longer review here and/or on my blog, but right now, I don't have the words to properly express how awesome his was.
    Mar 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    What a ride! More thoughts coming soon...
    Lily  Grimm Pitch
    Mar 10, 2020 marked it as to-read
    *bangs fist on table* space gays space gays sPACE GAYS
    Feb 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
    I really enjoyed this - funny, touching, gutsy, messy, heroic fun.
    Tween 2 Teen Book Reviews
    I LOVED this book! A great conclusion to the series!
    Soleil de Zwart
    Mar 30, 2020 rated it did not like it
    Shelves: dnf
    I was enjoying quarantine up until this point.
    Lydia Rogue
    Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    So admittedly I had not read Once & Future before I got a copy of The Sword in the Stars. As the authors were handing the book to me, they warned me to to look at the back cover, sneak a peek inside or practically breathe on this book before I read Once & Future.

    I'm really glad I heeded their advice. This book is incredible and is a direct sequel to the cliffhanger twist ending of Once & Future.

    This is the point where I warn you away from this review if you've not read Once &
    Working on my review for Netgalley. I have many thoughts
    Nov 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: 2020-arcs
    Filling in the mythological gaps left by centuries of retellings, the anticipated sequel to ONCE & FUTURE was everything I wanted and more. Completely full of love for the original Arthurian legend while fearlessly adding their own twists and turns, SWORD IN THE STARS is not just the perfect end to this duology; its one of my most anticipated books of 2020. Ari and her diverse Knights return to end the Arthurian cycle once and for all, but all final quests come with the most terrible costs. ...more
    Zaneta  @ I'm Fully Booked
    Thank you to NetGalley for providing and eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

    I'm going to try to keep this as spoiler free as possible, but this is the second (and final book) in this series, so if you haven't read the first - why are you even here?

    In Sword in the Stars we're transported to Medieval Camelot. Ari and the knights, and Merlin, obviously, need to retrieve Arthur's chalice and bring it back into the future. I love me some heist stories, so I was hopeful. I got got
    As a general rule I am extremely skeptical of time-travel plots, because theyre usually messy and confusing and generally full of people messing up the timeline because theyre too stupid to follow the rules. This time-travel adventure? Brilliant. They didnt commit any of the big time-travel crimes, and they were very aware of the fact that they had to stick to the legend. They, uh, didnt. But they were aware of it, which made me a lot more forgiving. The timelines were also super clear. Which, ...more
    Mar 05, 2020 rated it liked it
    Shelves: lgbtqiap-rep
    I liked this one better than Once & Future! I think that's because it strongly skews towards fantasy more than scifi, and fantasy is definitely more my preference and comfort zone. I read this a lot faster than Once & Future as well, and usually I can only eat scifi in small portions at a time. However, this one was predominantly about Merlin as opposed to Ari like the first one and I love Merlin and am largely indifferent towards Ari so that probably helped.

    Again, I enjoyed the focus on
    Apr 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    It Is going to be so hard to not bumble my way through this because I frickin ADORED this book. I loved it with every part of my being. When Amy and Cori said that they pulled out all the tricks ever and gave it their all, I was not expecting to be sundered by just how astonishing this end product was going to be. I. WAS. NOT. PREPARED.

    That being said, lets move on to why this book is so amazing. We find ourselves in the middle ages and our band of heroes is disparate. Stakes are high from the
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    Amy Rose Capetta, the author of Echo After Echo, holds a master of fine arts in writing for children and young adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She lives in Vermont with her partner, author Cori McCarthy, and their young son.

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