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When it is time for the Sky Folk, a clan of Fey feared by Man Bloods, to choose a new summoner, the person who will lead their clan as dictated by the Hidden, the Arch Druid’s own daughter Nimue is chosen—a choice Nimue at first rejects and that other Sky Folk do not wish to honor. This moment opens a strange and fantastic retelling of the King Arthur legend by Wheeler and Miller.

Nimue’s power comes at a tumultuous time when the Red Paladins are destroying the villages and taking the lives of Fey Kind. They believe in one true god and reject druids, and their expressions of faith are violent and bloody. It is Nimue, in alliance with a young sword-for-hire named Arthur and her best friend Pym, who must root out their evil and protect the Fey. She can only do this if she acquires the Sword of Power and learn the truth of her history from the Red Paladins’ own magician: Merlin.

Frank Miller, of Sin City fame, has created arresting illustrations to accompany an engrossing tale that wonders why the one true king must be male. If the Sword of Power is wielded by a young girl, how might Arthurian legend be changed? For fans of those legends, of Miller’s work, or for anyone looking for a tale of action and intrigue, Cursed should be on your list of must-reads. The book is approved for readers aged fourteen and up. The Netflix series adaptation premieres in 2020.

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Author Thomas Wheeler, illustrated by Frank Miller
Star Count 5/5
Format Hard
Page Count 416 pages
Publisher Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publish Date 2019-10-01
ISBN 9781534425330
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Issue January 2020
Category Young Adult


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