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Review: Sword in the Stars by Amy Rose Capetta & Cori McCarthy

Give me all the queer fun space science fiction! Sword in the Stars is the concluding book to the Once & Future duology. I powered through Sword in the Stars in one day because it’s so easy to get caught up in the fast paced plot and characters! Keep reading my book review to find out my favorite elements!


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…


(Disclaimer: I received this book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

Sword in the Stars is entirely precious. I loved the characters so much! They’re diverse, full of heart, and brought back to a time where they have to hide who they are to survive. Sword in the Stars introduces time travel to the mix and if I thought I couldn’t be more entertained, I was wrong! Our intrepid queer adventurers have to come to terms with our past mistakes, the way we catch up to us, or we to them. At the same time, we are asked about the role of destiny and agency in our lives.

Time travel can get messy. There’s the Butterfly Effect and more, but Sword in the Stars plays with this idea in an entertaining and action packed way. It becomes so self-reflexive in its exploration, and play, with the re-telling aspect. Honestly, Sword in the Stars is one of those books where you can feel the authors having fun. And that fun is contagious! It is hilarious and wonderfully witty in a way that will sweep you away.

Sword in the Stars is full of amazing relationships. It gave me MAJOR Doctor Who vibes and if you have been searching for something similarly timey wimey, check this out! This book stresses the importance of found family and friendships of totally support. Sword in the Stars makes my heart soar as they make peace with their past mistakes and their grief. A book about sacrifice and the importance of stories, Sword in the Stars is a thrilling and heart warming sequel.

Find Sword in the Stars on Goodreads, Amazon, Indiebound & The Book Depository.


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