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3.19  ·  Rating details ·  577 ratings  ·  248 reviews
Aquél que empuñe la Espada de Poder será el único y verdadero rey. Pero, ¿y si la Espada ha elegido a una Reina?
Nimue creció siendo una marginada. Su conexión con la magia oscura la convirtió en alguien temible para su pueblo Druida, pero ella siempre ha querido escapar de aquellos que la repudian. Hasta que un día su aldea es asaltada brutalmente por los Paladines Rojos,
Tapa dura, 464 pages
Published November 6th 2019 by Oceano Gran Travesía (first published October 1st 2019)
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Jenna In my opinion, no. There were many very detailed death scenes that totally disturbed me. Lots of blood, burning, breaking bones, crucifying, harsh…moreIn my opinion, no. There were many very detailed death scenes that totally disturbed me. Lots of blood, burning, breaking bones, crucifying, harsh language at times, etc. My face while reading this book was set in a grimace through every fight scene.(less)
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Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I feel like I’m this book’s exasperated mother: “I’m not mad, just disappointed.”

For a long time, we didn’t see a lot of Arthurian retellings and spinoffs. Now suddenly there are quite a few and unfortunately, they are all similar and all pretty bad.

Though this particular offshoot had its moments, it’s largely disappointing.

The basic plot isn’t really a problem. It’s a good idea and a semi-creative spin on the original legend. Unfortunately much of the detail and storytelling style is
May 21, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-finish
I got an ARC of this at a conference and was excited, because Frank Miller was collaborating with an author, and it was already optioned for a Netflix series. Turns out, the author is in fact a screenwriter. This was a planned multimedia project, essentially, and it reads like one. There's zero interest in keeping with any kind of historical period between names, technologies, forms of dress...and the person who gave it to me at the publisher's booth called it a genderbent Arthur story. More ...more
Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen
Book – Cursed
Author – Thomas Wheeler
Series – N/A
Cliffhanger? - No
Publication Date – October 1, 2019
Genre – YA Fantasy
Rating – 3.5 out of 5 Stars

Complimentary copy generously provided by the author through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

My Thoughts - Story
I was totally wrong with what I was expecting when I requested this book. I thought it was going to be a retelling of Arthur being a girl, instead it is a story through Nimue’s POV. This was not what I was expecting but I kept an
Apr 02, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received an ARC of this book.
As a huge fan of Arthurian lore and legend I was very excited to read this book. It was a "fresh" take on the story from the point of view of Nimue. She has always been treated as an outcast in her tribe, despite the fact that her mother was the leader of their Druid village. One day after trying to make her escape, Nimue is faced with the massacre of her village, the death of her mother, the discovery of an ancient magical sword, and the meeting of a young man
My Rating: 2.5 Stars
Can you ever have too many Arthurian retellings? The magic, the characters, the intrigue, all with a different spin, which is what Thomas Wheeler has done with his own sense of flare and creative license.

CURSED has the plot, the bones and some pretty original thoughts, but something was just off for me, maybe that special spark that fantasy brings to a story. Expect to see characters in a completely different light, some positive, some, not so much. Told through Nimue’s point
Oct 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ok....who else gravitates to books/graphic novels that have that lovely sticker "Soon to be a Netflix Original Series'' or "Now a Major Motion picture"? I know I do!

While I hate the darn sticker on the front cover of my book (Geez....wrap them in plastic and put that darn tag on the plastic so you aren't marking up my book!!' And DON'T make it a perma-part of the cover art....I don't want an ad displayed on the front cover of a book I paid for! Mini rant over.) I come running every time I see
Lindsi (Do You Dog-ear?)
DNF at 41%

Cursed wasn't a terrible book, but I never felt compelled to pick it up. I kept choosing to read other books instead, which is why I wasn't able to finish this one before its release date. The characters were flat and uninteresting, and I wasn't able to connect with them or their individual stories. Merlin is a drunk. A manipulative, ridiculous drunk that didn't contribute much to the story. Arthur can't decide if he wants to be dependable or flaky, and Nimue was a very one-dimensional
Jul 04, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf, 2019, arc
I read the first hundred pages before I gave up. At first glance, this seems like a strong female protagonist book, but it's more like "wreckless protagonist sometimes accidentally does the right thing" book. There will be demand for this book, and I know who I will recommend it to, but unfortunately it's not for me.
Nov 14, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As I have said before, I love retellings of classic stories, I am such a sucker for them. So OF COURSE this book was on the top of my TBR list as soon as it was released. Arthurian legend, but Nimue gets the sword??? YES PLEASE! This was also a priority read because I am a pretentious sucker who thoroughly enjoys talking about how much better the book was than its TV/film adaptation. So when I hear that it is already in production to be a Netflix show I new it was a must read.

I wasn't
Mikaela Garcia
The beginning was too wast so I didn't get to know about Nimue more, and when I come to the middle it was to slow and I didn't like the ending very well. It was good, but I wasn't blown away.

The illustration was really cool, I like the most in the book and Merlin was very irritable also Arthur.
Jul 03, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: blog, 2019, netgalley

I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Cursed is an Arthurian retelling.

Overall, I thought the story was well-paced. It was action-packed, engaging, and eventful. I found the last half of the story a lot more intriguing than the first half due to the story-building. It was like everyone was meeting at the same place and battle would soon ensue.

I felt like the story lost a little of the grandeur that we see in our original tale
Alyson Stone
Book: Cursed
Author: Thomas Wheeler
Rating: 2 Out of 5 Stars

I would like to thank Netgalley and the publisher, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers for providing me with this ARC.

I went into this one with really high expectations. I mean, look at just how much it has going for it. However, I do feel like this book was just made for the screen and the screen alone. I don’t know what is it about taking a script and turning it into a book just makes everything fall apart. I think this would
Jun 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this, so much action. It filled the hole that Game of Thrones left in my heart. Great fun, love the strong female retelling of this tale. Can't wait for the second.
Deanna (Deanna Reads Books)
This review was originally posted on my review blog Deanna Reads Books
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
*I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

DNF @ 25%

Having grown up with a mother who loves King Arthur and other similar stories and even has an The Lady of Shalott painting hung up, you can say that I've grown fond of the stories myself. I'm always game to try out a re-telling of King Arthur. When I saw this one available and noted it would also be on Netflix, I knew I wanted to read it before eventually watching it.

Unfortunately, I just
Sep 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaway-wins
When Nimue’s village is attacked by Red Paladins and everyone is killed, Nimue’s mom hands her the Sword of Power and tells her to deliver it to Merlin. The saying goes: “Whosoever wields the Sword of Power shall be the one true King.” Nimue feels the power whenever she holds the sword. With the help of Arthur and the Fey Folk, Nimue must defeat the paladins and Uther.

For anyone who is a devoted fan of Arthur and Merlin, this book may not be for you. It really does not follow the original story
Lis Carey
I tried to like this book. I really did.

It's an Arthurian story in which Things Are Different, and the Sword that empowers the True King has gone to Nimue--designating, instead, a True Queen.

I ought to love this.

There are a whole range of Fey peoples, of different types and features and magic. Nimue is one of them.

I ought to love this.

Nimue and Morgan and others are interesting characters.

I ought to love this.

Unfortunately, the bad guy characters are stereotypically, cartoonishly evil. It
Kasey Giard
Oct 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An Arthurian story with female lead? Yes, please. I love the description of this book. CURSED is really different than the original story of Arthur and Merlin. I like a lot of the ways the characters and story are reimagined, though.

Merlin is this flawed man who’s hundreds of years old, thanks in part to his magic. Arthur hasn’t really become the hero yet, but you see glimpses of his potential through the story. And then there are all of these really fascinating minor characters in the story,
Sep 11, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to Simon & Schuster's for providing the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

The premise of this book is what drew me to want to read the ARC, but instead of an enticing story I got a letdown. Due to the choppy writing style, I could not get into the story or really appreciate any of the characters.

It's an amazing concept with the female twist on the King Arthur legend if the writing weren't such a drag.
Sep 08, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comic-con
I received an ARC at SDCC 2019.

This was one of the books I was anticipating this year when I first heard about it. Very sad that it didn't go the way I thought it would have gone.

Didn't really connect with any of the characters. The story line felt force together and all of it just felt too rush. There really wasn't any character development during the story. I felt as if the reader had to rely on knowing the Arthurian legends already. I could have been such a good storyline but at the end it
Nikki Mola
Jun 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-reads

I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley for review

Cursed is a YA retelling of the King Arthur told from the point of view of Nimue, a female Fey whose village is viciously ransacked. The aftermath leaves her orphaned with a final mission given to her by her mother, get the sword to Merlin.

The story starts off really strong and full of action which, surprisingly, carries on through most of the book. There were some pieces in the middle where I felt the different characters got a
Thank you Netgalley and Simon & Schuster Canada for sending me a complimentary arc of this book.

2.5 stars.
When I saw the blurb of this book, I was so excited to read it. But the whole potential of this book was wasted because of the writing style. This book was written with the sole purpose of being adapted to a Netflix show and the writer is a screenwriter. You can clearly see that when you are reading the book. It felt like I was reading a script. There was no depth in writing or the
Bliss Garza
Aug 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was such a great read. Now, I'm not a good reviewer.. not much experience in reviewing,, just reading. But .. this was a book out of my usual reading material. It was wonderful adventure and great characters... Can absolutely see another book coming after this.. just has to be a series.
P.S. sorry for my horrible review skill... I am not sure how to properly write one.
Actual rating: 3.5 stars
Brenna Clark
Jun 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank so much to NetGalley for this ARC! One of the things I really love about using NetGalley is the access to titles that I would have never heard of had it not been available on their website. I would have seen the show when it came out, noticed it was based on a book, and been so far behind on the times as I tried to read to catch up. Luckily though, I was approved and got to read about Nimue first hand.

As we grow up, we learn about history both fact and fiction. We’re told what wars
Nimue, an outcast young Druid, finds herself the reluctant leader of a revolution when the Sword of Power comes to her. Desperate to save her people from Church prosecution, she must decide who to trust and who to betray.

I really, really wanted to like this one. It should have been brilliant! But sadly, for me, the execution didn't live up to the promise. Plot elements were dropped in awkwardly, I never felt like I had all the background, and a couple of characters just vanished randomly. To me,
Sep 30, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This young adult fantasy is a retelling of the King Arthur lore focusing on the Lady of the Lake character. Nimue, presumably the Lady of the Lake, has the Sword of Power unknowingly thrust upon her after the Red Paladins invade her village. As she fights for her fellow Fey folk and seeks understanding of her true role in all of the chaos, she will find friends from all walks of life, enemies that burn with hatred against her very name, and an adventure that spans across many landscapes. Many of ...more
Deedi (DeediReads) Brown
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If you like fantasy retellings and badass girl warriors, then my friend, this is the book for you. Especially if you’re familiar with King Arthur, Camelot, Excalibur, Merlin, and all that good stuff. Honestly, I don’t know a whole lot about those stories, and I still really enjoyed it. And the more you know, I can only imagine the better it will get.

Our main character is Nimue, who comes from a Fey village. She has a close connection with “
K Whatsherface
If I had realized that while this book was being written it was simultaneously becoming a screenplay I probably wouldn't have read it and just waited for the show. I dont tend to read books that are novelization of movies. They're often not as good. I love reading the books movies are based on though because it's fun to see what had to change when turning novel into a much more visual medium. I do love the illusions and if we want to be fair I started getting sick around the time I started this ...more
Heidi Wahlstrom
I am interested in Arthurian legends and I think it's fun when an author takes creative license to put a different spin on the stories so I picked up this book. I enjoyed the different roles the characters played that are completely different from the original Arthur myths. For instance Nimue, the lady of the lake, carries the sword, Arthur is a knight for hire, Merlin is a drunk, and Lancelot a killer. There were also many minor characters who appear such as Bors, Morgan, and Gawain.

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Thomas Wheeler sold his first screenplay at age twenty-two, to Twentieth Century Fox. He has continued to work on major Hollywood features for the last several years. Wheeler lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Christina, and his son, Luca. The Arcanum is his first novel.
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