by Thomas Wheeler
This title was previously available on NetGalley and is now archived.
Pub Date 01 Oct 2019 | Archive Date 01 Sep 2020
Simon and Schuster Children's Publishing, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Look out for the original series starring Katherine Langford coming soon to Netflix!
The Lady of the Lake is the true hero in this cinematic twist on the tale of King Arthur created by Thomas Wheeler and legendary artist, producer, and director Frank Miller (300, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Sin City). Featuring 8 full-color and 30 black-and-white pieces of original artwork by Frank Miller.
Whosoever wields the Sword of Power shall be the one true King.
But what if the Sword has chosen a Queen?
Nimue grew up an outcast. Her connection to dark magic made her something to be feared in her Druid village, and that made her desperate to leave…
That is, until her entire village is slaughtered by Red Paladins, and Nimue’s fate is forever altered. Charged by her dying mother to reunite an ancient sword with a legendary sorcerer, Nimue is now her people’s only hope. Her mission leaves little room for revenge, but the growing power within her can think of little else.
Nimue teams up with a charming mercenary named Arthur and refugee Fey Folk from across England. She wields a sword meant for the one true king, battling paladins and the armies of a corrupt king. She struggles to unite her people, avenge her family, and discover the truth about her destiny.
But perhaps the one thing that can change Destiny itself is found at the edge of a blade.
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This book kept me hooked. I stayed up all night reading it. I can't wait to use it in my classroom and to see the Netflix show!
Thank you Netgalley for letting me review a copy of Cursed. I love Frank Miller and this story didn't disappoint. Look forward to the Netflix adaptation!
I don’t think I’ve been as excited about an Arthurian book since Mists of Avalon! Cursed introduces a whole new take on the old legends of King Arthur and focuses on Nimue, the Lady of the Lake or, in some versions, Merlin’s lover. We first see Nimue as a child, living in a nurturing environment still following the old ways of the Druid. The first chapter is a violent introduction to the unconscionable acts of cleansing and conversion carried out by Christian priests and monks in the Dark Ages. The violence is startling, made especially so by the immediate change in tone in the second chapter as the storyline fills itself in, then pushes forward with Nimue as warrior and defender of the old ways. All the expected characters appear, but in clever and fascinating new ways. The narrative itself moves fast and holds you tightly as you read page after page, oblivious to time because you just have to know what happens next. Complemented by magnificent illustrations, the story wraps around you until you can’t think of anything else. Arthur fans will devour this, but so will Game of Thrones fans missing that world. Highly recommended.
I will be purchasing this when it is available in print because I love the artwork. The story is interesting and makes use of a normally minor character in the King Arthur legends. I am looking forward to the series and I hope that this becomes an audio book soon!
This is such a cool book and from what I have heard soon to be a mini series on Netflix come spring of 2020. This is a wonderful but refreshing tale surrounding the whole knights of the round table, Merlin and the Lady of the Lake. This book is non stop action from the start and comes with all the suspense and twists and turns one can possibly fit in this book, and they are awesome and fit so well into the story line. The illustrations are interesting and fit with the story, they tell a story of themselves but still leave a lot to the imagination. It is no surprise this will be one of my favorite young adult books of the year so far, I hope Netflix keeps true to it. This book will appear on my blog on Oct 1st
Okay, maybe I'm biased because I think Thomas Wheeler AND Frank Miller (the illustrator) are geniuses, but this was one of the best books I've read so far this year! Full of suspense and intrigue, this book has it all. My teenage son was enamored as well, and now we can't wait for the series to come out on Netflix. Also, just a side note- the font is wonderful in this book and the illustrations were perfect! Highly, highly recommended! 5 out of 5 stars for Cursed by THomas Wheeler. A HIGE thank you to the author and Simon and Schuster Children's Publishing for the opportunity to read and review this book!
I was hooked! I can't wait to watch the Netflix show. Nimue is the Lady of the Lake, whom we know from the legend of King Arthur. In this story, she is a young sorceress touched by the darkness; called to a purpose she could never imagine. Her village is pillaged and as she escapes with a sword she has never seen before, thrust into her arms by her mother, she sets off on a journey to find Merlin. Along the way, she meets familiar faces from the tales of old, and proves herself worthy to be Queen of the Fey, the Wolf-Blood Witch, and a true example of the strength of women. I so hope that the show is faithful to this source material, because it is a fantastic story and would hopefully give girls another look into strong women and help them believe in themselves..
This book would be perfect to add to my library collection in my high school. I believe it is an interesting story very suspenseful and exciting and the students in high school would enjoy reading. The characters are clever and well developed. I very much enjoyed reading this book
I.need.more! It's been a long while where a story ended and I was t ready to fully let go. Absolutely blown away by the writing style and character development!