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Sword in the Stars

(Once & Future #2)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  1,259 ratings  ·  306 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 Grail---
Paperback, 355 pages
Published April 7th 2020 by Rock the Boat
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Andrea This book would be fairly confusing if you don't read the first book. A lot of stuff is assumed and it picks right up from where the first book leaves off.

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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 character
Kathy - Books & Munches
Apr 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, 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 expectations
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 series.
Apr 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
I have this problem where often, when I love the first book in a series, I'll end up sorely disappointed in the second book. This often makes me very hesitant to pick up any sequels. But because I loved Once & Future, I did really want to read the sequel.

And I'm so glad I did, because this book was at least as fun as the first one. I love how queer and diverse a cast this duology has, and I loved the way it showed that history was a lot more diverse than we're taught.

Where Once & Future is mos
Sol ~ TheBookishKing
majorly disappointed in this one / horrible pacing and lack of ability to tell a coherent story truly ruined this.
May 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: may-2020-tbr
I really loved this book it was the perfect ending to one of the best duologies I have ever read. I really loved the characters especially Ari,Gwen,Val and Merlin. I really loved the romance between Ari and Gwen this is the kind of love you think of when you think of one true love. I also really loved Merlin and his struggles and the twist I did not expect (view spoiler) I also really loved the romance of him and Val. I just really loved a ...more
Aug 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
stories were never just a string of pretty words on a page or attractive strangers on a screen. They climbed inside your head, reordered things. Tore up parts of you by the roots and planted new ideas.
Magic, really.

(Page 344)

This sequel to once & future is a book filled with hope and love and emotions. After the events of the first books, the group is once again faced with the almost impossible task to save each other and the whole universe.
To avoid spoilers I obviously can’t say much else abo
I'm going to do my best to write my thoughts coherently without being too emotionally charged. This was a bad follow up to a mediocre first novel and overall, felt disrespectful to Arthurian legends.

It felt like none of the characters went through any growth. Who they were at the beginning of this novel was who they were at the end, barring Merlin. Ari, Gwen, Val, Jordan, and Lam all felt the same. If we were told about growth, such as in the instance of King Arthur I, that's it
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 straine
Mar 30, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
I was enjoying quarantine up until this point.
The whole going back to the Middle Ages thing was what sold me on this one, but the amount of depth we got to our characters in this book... wow.

This book was definitely a great addition to this world and really helped the story wrap up so nicely and we got answers to all the questions we had. I was thrilled, to be honest.

Sure, some parts were a bit cheesy and some thing played out too easily, but this was a good book. There was a lot of depth added to the storyline both surrounding the main cha
Melodie Pennington
I wanted so badly to enjoy this book despite its flaws, the way I did with Once and Future. Unfortunately, it was a tough sell.
Book 1 tended to be a little preachy about queer politics, but you see so little positive representation that I could look past it. Sword in the Stars began with so much of this that I wanted to skip through the first quarter of the book- positive representation can be done without destroying narrative...the choir’s already heard it and it is so heavy-handed that I can o
Apr 08, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc-s, reviews
This duology has done a number of things really well, and those things are particularly difficult to strike a balance with. The representation within this book is incredibly diverse, but perhaps more impressive was the development of relationships, which all feel very real rather than a quintessential cookie-cutter friendship or romance. Unfortunately, something also felt a bit off.

Whilst this is every bit the satisfying conclusion to the story so far, there were some issues with pacing and chao
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.
Aug 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
I had to force myself to stop guessing what was going to happen because I just couldn't get it right, at all. Damn this sequel was bloody good. I love Ari and Gwen... and their family. ...more
Nicole| Booklover.zzz | Zamudio-Román
3.5 stars

Let’s 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. I’m 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 am
Jun 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Sword in the Stars is a brilliantly schemed sequel to Once & Future and entertaining conclusion to this duology. I mentioned that I was a Arthur and Merlin fan in my review of the first novel and due to this I was incredibly pleased when I realised majority of the sequel would be based in the exact era the Arthurian legend derives from! The sequel takes place almost instantly after the ending of Once & Future, it’s fast paced and full of action, and takes place in Camelot itself. In the first bo ...more
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 space–hilarious, sexy, endlessly creative, and marvelously gay. In Capet ...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 onc
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 ac
Laura Newsholme
Apr 07, 2020 rated it it was ok
This was such a disappointing book for me that had a lot of missed opportunities and was incredibly disjointed in the narrative. It tells the continuing story of Ari, the 42nd reincarnation of King Arthur, as she attempts to retrieve a magical cup from Camelot.

The Positives: The cast of characters is very diverse, which is always great to see.

The Negatives: The plot was just all over the place and it was hard to keep things straight because the action jumps from one thing to the next with little
Apr 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: transathon
Sword in the Stars is honestly one of the best books I've ever read. This duology was such an enjoyable read and I loved the entire main cast of characters, everyone has an important role in the story. There were plenty of unexpected twists that shocked me in a good way and I was absolutely delighted with the ending. The two main couples were such a joy to read and my queer heart desperately needs more books like this. Ari had so much depth to her and I loved her all the way through. Merlin was ...more
Welp this made me feel even more feels than the first book, and it was even weirder, I loved it

I didn't have as much problems with the pacing of the relationships in this one since they were already mostly established. It ended up just being a very queer very weird wild ride and I loved it for it. It was fun and fast-paced and honestly not my usual kind of books? I'm more of a character-driven books loved, and this is clearly focused on plot rather than characters, but it was so fun and weird an
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. ...more
Apr 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is an absolutely fantastic conclusion to this magical duology.
Once & Future ★★★★☆
Sword in the Stars ★★★★☆

This duology is such a wild ride.

Once & Future was a sci-fi retelling of Arthurian legend set in the future, in space, with a slowly aging backwards Merlin and the forty-second reincarnation of King Arthur as teenaged girl named Ari. That book left off with our squad preparing to travel back in time to the original Knights of the Round Table to steal a magical artifact with the power to help them defeat the megolomanic Mercer corporation's stranglehold
A Million Books
Jul 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020, ya, space, sci-fi
I loved the premise of this series from the minute I read it and Sword In The Stars did not disappoint one bit.

I absolutely loved Merlin, Ari, Val, Lam, Arthur, Gwen and everything else. I loved the concept of family across time and space, the inclusiveness, the jokes, the magic and pretty much everything else.

If you're bored of reading YA SF filled with tropes, dive into this gender flipped King Arthur retelling that defies them all!
Jun 29, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't get into this book as much as I did for Once & Future, but it was still an interesting take on the Arthurian legend. ...more
Jul 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars
we did it, joe
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A. R. Capetta (all pronouns), the author of Echo After Echo and The Lost Coast, has lived in Austin and worked as a professional baker, and holds a master of fine arts in writing for children and young adults from VCFA. A.R. Capetta is married to author Cory McCarthy; they live in Vermont with their young baker.

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