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Sword in the Stars

(Once & Future #2)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  63 ratings  ·  45 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
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Paperback, 368 pages
Expected publication: April 7th 2020 by Rock the Boat
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Enne (they/them)
Jun 20, 2019 marked it as unreleased
EXCUSE ME. The fact that I do not have this book in my hands right now is, quite frankly, homophobic.
Iris
Mar 25, 2019 marked it as to-read
Hi I need this. Right now.
Andrea
Feb 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, own, 2020-read
Expanded RTC closer to the publication date!

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! So many things were finally revealed in this story, but it was perfect. My new favorite character is Jordan and she needs her own book because YES SHE IS THAT AMAZING. All in all, I was completely satisfied with this ending, even though some of it was bittersweet.
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
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Sol ~ TheBookishKing
majorly disappointed in this one / horrible pacing and lack of ability to tell a coherent story truly ruined this.
Kathy - Books & Munches
Dec 03, 2019 marked it as earcs-tbr
Shelves: sequels-to-buy
Pretty, pretty cover.

I can only hope there'll be a pretty, matching special edition for my copy of Once & Future because I NEEDDD.

Simply need all the queer books and if that means diving into scifi more often? I am not complaining at all.
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
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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
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Kayla
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
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Candice
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
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Ari Clay
Sep 17, 2019 marked it as to-read
Hello, my name is Ari & the fact that I don't currently have this book in my hands is, in fact, treason.
whatsjennareading
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
Cora
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.
Lily  Grimm Pitch
*bangs fist on table* space gays space gays sPACE GAYS
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 &
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Cassandra
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
Marilla
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
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Olivia
Mar 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: yabc-reviews
See my full review here: https://www.yabookscentral.com/yafict...

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
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Matthea
Mar 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
OMG!!! I am soo fortunate to receive the ARc from NetGalley!! With the craziness of the world, I hadnt had the chance to finish the novel until late last evening! First and foremost, I am a massive James Patterson fan, his YA stuff is fabulous along side with his house publications. When I found out I received an ARC I flipped out !!!

Since this novel is not set to release until April 7th, 2020, I shall be providing a spoiler free review, and as we all know I struggle with being spoiler free haha
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Meghan
This book was received as an ARC from JIMMY Patterson in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

I have read many modern adaptations of King Arthur's Court and Sword in the Stone but after reading Once and Future and loving the book so much, I had high expectations for this book and the result was strongly positive. Ari has made it through her Battles against the tyrannical Mercer corporation but a bigger war is at stake that could
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Serena
Mar 09, 2020 rated it liked it
**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.**

Please note that this is the second book in the Once & Future duology.

Camelot, sword fights, adventure, time jumping this book has it all. The first book left with a bit of a cliff hanger but this one gave it the bittersweet ending that I was looking for.
I did feel that certain plot lines that had had a good amount of build up were quickly resolved just
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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
Kat
Jan 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to NetGalley and James Patterson publishing for the E-arc copy of #SwordintheStars.
I cannot tell you how much I enjoy the two ladies collaboration in the first novel. I was looking forward to the second installment of their work together. Sword in the Stars is so much more than the first book. The reader becomes involved in the timeline and you want to see Ari succeed. She is the backbone of the novel. I am not a fan of time travel novels, but these I have made an exception for gladly.
Jacolise
Mar 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received an arc from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
The duology was fantastic! The whole idea was brilliant. I loved the diversity in characters that isn't seen nearly enough! The plot had everything in it, adventure, love, mystery, loss, wisdom...
The spin on the tale of Arthur and Merlin (who is fabulous), was so new and refreshing. Completely different from any other retelling or twist, it sucks you in.
Sad it's ending, but so worth it! Perfect conclusion with enough drama, tears
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Matt Simpson
Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC

I was very happy to read the continuation of the series as I love basically everything to do with Arthurian Legend - especially unique takes.

This installment was as easy to read as the first. My only complaint is that it picked up where the first left off, and I felt a little lost to begin with, and had to go back and reference the first book. Sometimes I felt that plot points developed and I got lost ad had to go back and re-read sections to catch what I missed.

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Katelyn Beane
Mar 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I LOVED this book. It made my heart happy. I laughed, I cried, I squealed, I felt a lot. The King Arthur myth is legendary, the fact these authors took such a beloved myth and turned it into something that made me so happy is amazing. Hats off to the authors. The storytelling, the inclusion, the diverse characters that felt like real people made for an incredible reading experience. I recommend this book to everyone that loves a good story; for this is storytelling at its finest with moments of ...more
Jacolise
Mar 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The duology was fantastic! The whole idea was brilliant. I loved the diversity in characters that isn't seen nearly enough! The plot had everything in it, adventure, love, mystery, loss, wisdom...
The spin on the tale of Arthur and Merlin (who is fabulous), was so new and refreshing. Completely different from any other retelling or twist, it sucks you in.
Sad it's ending, but so worth it! Perfect conclusion with enough drama, tears
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Insert Name Here
It's a while since I read Once and Future, so I didn't really remember who most of the characters were. Even beyond that, though, while I enjoyed this read I thought it could be much better. The action sequences didn't seem to be very clear to me - I had a lot of trouble picturing what was going on from the way it was described. It's an interesting series and I think it'll sell well, but I'll be recommending a reread or a look at a character list before starting.
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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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