REVIEW: The Excalibur Curse

Our Guinevere is in peril again in the latest chapter in Camelot. In this installment Guinevere learns who she truly is and comes to grips with the price of magic. She must face the Dark Queen and decide whether she needs Arthur or Merlin’s help to do it. As always she is brazen and headstrong and wants what she thinks is right, rarely capitulating to others. Her attitude gets her into some trouble but also makes her some unlikely allies.

That is what I loved the most about this series, characters are forced to face their preconceived notions about one another. They must choose loyalty or justice. The depth with which we understand each character’s point of view is unparalleled in stories of YA fantasy. My absolute favorite part was the description of how the Dark Queen manifests, she is so unique and creepy and evil. I loved it.

I rated the last two books five stars but this one missed that for me in two ways. One, it wrapped up a little too cleanly at the end, if that’s your jam then you’ll love this but for me I wanted a few more rough edges and what ifs. Two, there was a lot more time spent in Guinevere’s head than I’d like, I prefer action and dialogue to endless pontifications. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Thanks to Netgalley for access to this novel. All opinions are my own.

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I am the Vice President of Clinical Affairs for a medical device company where my job is to promote the utility of the device to doctors. I have science and business degrees and have editorial experience in medical communications. In college, I served as an Editorial Assistant for a healthcare communications company and have served on two editorial boards for peer-reviewed journals. In my free time, I always have a book in my hand... or two or three! On average, I read 20 books a month. I have looked to combine two of my skill sets to review on Goodreads and promote books on Instagram that I love to other readers. I'm open to partnering with publishers as an influencer for book tours, giveaways etc.

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