By Cynthia Bujnicki
Ari and her knights have gone back in time to steal the chalice from King Arthur, but their journey into the past is met with more challenges than they expected. Magic and prophecy isn’t done with this team yet.
Incredible. Sword in the Stars picks up right where Once and Future left off, with Ari and her rainbow knights traveling to medieval times to steal the chalice from King Arthur. However, it came with a cost, of course.
Sword in the Stars was simply a fantastic conclusion to a fantastic series. It was unique, but it was also compelling as the story puts these characters from a more evolved period into medieval times, a period that is less open-minded. It creates tension for the characters who are hiding their true selves, highlighting just how important identity is. It is a struggle for these characters to conform for their safety, but the point is they should not have to feel as though they need to hide their true selves for their safety, it should be okay to be one’s true self. The careful use of pronouns relays a powerful message to the readers.
That is what makes this such an impactful retelling of King Arthur’s story. Not only is this retelling 100% unique, but it also flows steadily and makes sure to highlight the development of the characters. It is not enough that the story has tension; the characters have to bring it to life. With everything they have gone through, the authors made sure to reflect the challenges they have faced and conquered in their personality, showcasing just how much they have grown. Ari has come so far from who she was in the first novel. Ari is more aware, mature, and thoughtful, she has the fierceness to lead a revolution, and it is impressive to witness. Merlin as well goes through so much in this novel. Between him and Ari, they make the novel so incredible to read because their journeys affect them incredibly and also push forward the tension of the story.
Sword in the Stars was just perfection. The strength of the characters, the drama, tension, action, and development of the plot and the characters make every moment engaging. Sword in the Stars is a compelling novel with a powerful message. All hail Ara Azar, Amy Rose Capetta & Cori McCarthy. An ingenious retelling. (★★★★★)