Sword in the Stars (Once & Future #2)
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---the very definition of impossible.It's imperative that the time travelers not skew the timeline and alter the course of history. Coming face-to-face with the original Arthurian legend could produce a ripple effect that changes everything. Somehow Merlin forgot that the past can be even more dangerous than the future...

Sword in the Stars (Once & Future #2) Details

TitleSword in the Stars (Once & Future #2)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseApr 7th, 2020
PublisherRock the Boat
ISBN-139781786077011
Rating
GenreFantasy, Science Fiction, Young Adult, Retellings, LGBT

Sword in the Stars (Once & Future #2) Review

  • Enne (they/them)
    January 1, 1970
    EXCUSE ME. The fact that I do not have this book in my hands right now is, quite frankly, homophobic.
  • Iris
    January 1, 1970
    Hi I need this. Right now.
  • Kathy - Books & Munches
    January 1, 1970
    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
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 strained and tested by both the events of the previous book and by the setting at the start of the second, but ultimately the bonds of love and trust formed between Ari and Gwen and Jordan and Val and Merlin and Lam are the true heroes of the story and the driving force that saves the world. The story wasn't without its flaws: like book one, I felt that the story was on hyperdrive at times, though the pacing was far less distracting in SitS than it was in O&F for me. Additionally, I thought some large problems (view spoiler)[ specifically, Merlin's reverse aging, finding out how to leave the past, and the whole Nin thing (hide spoiler)] were resolved far too easily given the build up they got throughout the duology. But regardless, I really enjoyed it. I'm struggling so much to not spoil the whole book in this review, mostly because I want EVERYONE to know it and read it and get the same joy from it I did. Come April, GRAB YOURSELF COPY PLEASE! Future you will thank you.
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  • Candice
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 the first one - lots of different types of queer folx, magic, time travel, twists on the King Arthur legend, Monty Python references, and even a little meta moment that you hopefully catch (hint: it takes place in a library).If you liked Once and Future, this is a must read so you can finish out the story, which IMO comes to a very satisfying conclusion. A really fun, quick read!
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  • Ari Clay
    January 1, 1970
    Hello, my name is Ari & the fact that I don't currently have this book in my hands is, in fact, treason.
  • Emily
    January 1, 1970
    This cover!!! And the tagline "girls make better kings" I'm swooning.
  • whatsjennareading
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 Capetta and McCarthy’s retelling, Merlin is a newly minted teenager stuck in a tormenting cycle of failed Arthur reincarnations as he ages backwards. Ari is the newest and 42nd reincarnation, the first female Arthur, and quite possibly Merlin’s last chance to get things right and break the cycle before he ages backwards into infancy. Gwen is the queen of Lionel–a medieval planet straight out of a Renaissance Festival–and Ari’s old flame from Knight Camp. Rounding out the group are a vibrant and incredibly diverse cast of characters who make up the rest of the knights of the round table. Together they must figure out a way to defeat Mercer, the evil corporation controlling the entire galaxy, rescue Kay and Ari’s moms who have been illegally imprisoned, figure out how to lift the barrier that’s keeping Ari’s home planet in exile, and unite all of humankind in peace.(view spoiler)[At the end of Once and Future, we left our brave, ragtag, fabulous group of heroes as they portaled into the past, to Camelot, to avoid the Mercer corporation, keep Gwen’s baby safe, and hopefully retrieve a weapon that could be used to defeat Mercer once and for all. I’m going to try and keep this review as spoiler free as I can because I think it’s more fun that way, but it will be a surprise to no one that things absolutely do not go as planned. The gang must stay inconspicuous, try not interfere with the cycle, and steal the chalice while simultaneously fending off Nim’s attempts to derail them and surviving the toxic masculinity and heteronormativity of the time–oh, and Merlin is still aging backwards.In Sword in the Stars, we get to see so much more of Ari, Val, Gwen, Jordan, Lam, and especially Merlin. Capetta and McCarthy did a phenomenal job showing how the different members of the group overcame the limitations caused by the harsh gender norms that tried to force them all into boxes that simply did not fit. Despite the difficulties, each stayed true to themselves and the character growth that happened as a result was beautiful. Side note: the muscly and heroic knight version of Ari made me crush HARD.My only complaint about Once and Future was the pacing for some of the larger plot points as they had so much to pack into the first book while also needing to establish rules and world building. There was no need for that in this second installment and the plot benefited immensely as a result. All of the factors I loved so much from the first book–magic, diversity, romance, spaceships, witty banter, unforgettable characters, and even a little bit of smut–were back in full force plus so much more. The authors play with time in so many creative and surprising ways and it was absolutely delightful. I had to put the book down multiple times to exclaim over the many unexpected twists and turns the story took, and was on the edge of my seat all the way to the very end. (hide spoiler)]I’m so incredibly grateful to jimmy patterson books for giving me the chance to read and review this book. I dropped everything the day it arrived and read it in less than 48 hours, enjoying every single moment. I highly recommend this duology to everyone and I so hope that Capetta and McCarthy write more books together soon!
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  • Lydia Rogue
    January 1, 1970
    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 & 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 & Future. No spoilers for The Sword in the Stars, however.Ready? Here we go!Listen - I don't like time travel stories. I don't like King Arthur stories much either. However, this was a refreshingly different take on King Arthur, and the time travel was well-handled, especially within the context of the Merlin mythos, that it didn't bother me at all. So if you've finished Once & Future and have a bad taste in your mouth because of the time travel, I promise just take a deep breath and give this book a try anyway. I think the most refreshing part of this series was who the villain was. One of the reasons I'd turned away from King Arthur retellings was the fact that the villain was always one of the same three characters. Not this time! Excellent choice of bad guy - and how to deal with the character.This book felt very topical, even though it's set some hundreds of years in the past/future and deals with a lot of the social issues that we deal with today. That being said, I'm very glad for the slight hiccup in which we, the readers, don't have to subject ourselves to Ari & crew learning about homophobia, misogyny, racism and more for the first time. It's one of the few books I've read that really feels like it was written first and foremost for a queer audience without a second thought for anyone else. No need to subject ourselves to learning about the homophobia/transphobia/racism etc. of the middle ages - no need to learn about those once again first hand. We don't have to re-traumatize ourselves to enjoy the story. I thoroughly enjoyed the references - and the self-reference! - at the end. Calling out the queerbaiting in Merlin was an excellent touch (and I'm going to cry if they cut it from the final published copy). Overall, an excellent read and I highly recommend it.Copy was an ARC from the publisher/authors.
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  • Cassandra
    January 1, 1970
    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; it’s 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. 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; it’s 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. Between the gut-wrenching emotional beats and the meta jokes that make you laugh so much your face aches, SWORD IN THE STARS is a triumph.
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  • Meghan
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 affect the present and future and it all dated back to King Arthur and now Ari and Merlin must battle the time continuum and fight this war. All they need to do is STEAL King Arthur's grail and that is an heirloom that helped reshape the history of the present they are living today. Merlin says it the best, he never knew the past could be so dangerous. I was along for the ride with Ari and Merlin cheering them on to complete their quest and come out on top but the ending does leave the reader hanging. I know our readers will have questions on this book and would want more and I hope their is a third installment to this series.We will consider adding this title to our YA collection at our library. That is why we give this book 5 stars.
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  • Kimberly Hall
    January 1, 1970
    I was really lucky and managed to get an ARC of this book from a Goodreads giveaway and I couldn't have been more excited to jump back into this world. Once & Future was such a strange book when I first stumbled upon it. It was a world I wasn't expecting, but a world I found myself wanted to spend quality time in, so getting to fall back into it in this one was amazing. I am refusing to spoil anything about this book for anyone, but if you liked the first one - read this one. If you loved I was really lucky and managed to get an ARC of this book from a Goodreads giveaway and I couldn't have been more excited to jump back into this world. Once & Future was such a strange book when I first stumbled upon it. It was a world I wasn't expecting, but a world I found myself wanted to spend quality time in, so getting to fall back into it in this one was amazing. I am refusing to spoil anything about this book for anyone, but if you liked the first one - read this one. If you loved the first one - find a place and preorder this one. I know sequels usually don't like up to the original, but in this situation, the sequel was my favorite. I enjoyed the pace, the descriptions, and the characters more in this one than I did the first. I also found that this book had a slightly stronger voice and it was a voice I wanted to get to know even more. Thank you for the ARC!
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  • Kat
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Cat Roule
    January 1, 1970
    In this epic sequel to Once & Future, Ari and her Knights must pull off a heist thousands of years in the past. But, can it be done without destroying themselves?I found the story line ok, but everyone is gay, everyone? Not my kind of futuristic read, but maybe youngers would like it better.Thank you to Goodreads giveaways, the authors, Jimmy Patterson, and Little, Brown and Company for this advanced copy edition.
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  • Jayashree
    January 1, 1970
    Fun and fantastic! A great sequel/finale to this duology!
  • isabella
    January 1, 1970
    if i had a time machine i'd use it to see early 2000's mcr performances and to snatch books like this months before their release dates
  • Kristīne Vītola
    January 1, 1970
    Aroace SChttps://twitter.com/RosieeThor/status...
  • Kathleen
    January 1, 1970
    Queer content: so much queer content, everybody’s queer, it’s amazingAnd the *last part*!!!
  • The_Void
    January 1, 1970
    I WANT TO READ THIS BOOK SO MUCH
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