Cursed by Thomas Wheeler


Soon to be a Netflix original series!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 Night 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 Que...

Details Cursed

Release DateOct 1st, 2019
PublisherSimon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Retellings

Reviews Cursed

  • Samantha
    I feel like I’m this book’s exasperated mother: “I’m not mad, just disappointed.”For a long time, we didn’t see a lot of Arthurian retellings and spinoffs. Now suddenly there are quite a few and unfortunately, they are all similar and all pretty bad. Though this particular offshoot had its moments, it’s largely disappointing. The basic plot isn’t really a problem. It’s a good idea and a semi-creative spin on the original legend....
  • Shannan
    I got an ARC of this at a conference and was excited, because Frank Miller was collaborating with an author, and it was already optioned for a Netflix series. Turns out, the author is in fact a screenwriter. This was a planned multimedia project, essentially, and it reads like one. There's zero interest in keeping with any kind of historical period between names, technologies, forms of dress...and the person who gave it to me at the publisher's b...
  • Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen
    Book – CursedAuthor – Thomas WheelerSeries – N/ACliffhanger? - NoPublication Date – October 1, 2019Genre – YA FantasyRating – 3.5 out of 5 StarsComplimentary copy generously provided by the author through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.My Thoughts - Story I was totally wrong with what I was expecting when I requested this book. I thought it was going to be a retelling of Arthur being a girl, instead it is a story through N...
  • Mandi
    Had a hard time getting into this story. I found it slow and not exciting. I couldn't connect to the main character and had a hard time staying focus on what was going on.
  • Lindsi (Do You Dog-ear?)
    DNF at 41%Cursed wasn't a terrible book, but I never felt compelled to pick it up. I kept choosing to read other books instead, which is why I wasn't able to finish this one before its release date. The characters were flat and uninteresting, and I wasn't able to connect with them or their individual stories. Merlin is a drunk. A manipulative, ridiculous drunk that didn't contribute much to the story. Arthur can't decide if he wants to be dependa...
  • J.M.
    I don’t get people rating this book two stars and saying it’s a mess and ”tropey.” I had a lot of fun with Cursed—it's impossible to avoid tropes anyhow. One of my all-time beloved authors is David Gemmell, and this book made me nostalgic for his work. I feel like some of the reviewers marking it low missed something. The development arcs for the characters were terrific. The narrative had a bit of Gemmell and a bit of Bernard Cornwell ...
  • Emilie
    I received an ARC of this book.As a huge fan of Arthurian lore and legend I was very excited to read this book. It was a "fresh" take on the story from the point of view of Nimue. She has always been treated as an outcast in her tribe, despite the fact that her mother was the leader of their Druid village. One day after trying to make her escape, Nimue is faced with the massacre of her village, the death of her mother, the discovery of an ancient...
  • Dianne
    My Rating: 2.5 StarsCan you ever have too many Arthurian retellings? The magic, the characters, the intrigue, all with a different spin, which is what Thomas Wheeler has done with his own sense of flare and creative license.CURSED has the plot, the bones and some pretty original thoughts, but something was just off for me, maybe that special spark that fantasy brings to a story. Expect to see characters in a completely different light, some posit...
  • Jessica
    It's like if you took the Arthur legend and put it in a blender, and I mean that as a compliment. The names are there, the characters are there, but not the way you expect them to be. I really loved the Weeping Monk and the Red Paladins (and by loved I mean, AAAAAH! YOU'RE SO HORRIBLE!) I loved Nimue and her relationship with Arthur, and the Fey Folk. What a rich and strange type of magic! I had a hard time, though, with the illustrations. The co...
  • Alaina
    The narrator though Cursed definitely had it's ups and downs but overall, it was interesting enough to hold my attention. The pacing in the beginning does start off a bit slow.. but then the book weaves in and out of random pacing throughout the entire book. Not going to lie, I mostly wanted to dive into this because it's becoming a Netflix show! So yeah, I was excited for that part.. I just wish the overall book was on the same pace and a bit mo...
  • Eleanor
    3.5/5 starsDidn't realize it took me almost an entire month to finish this book... oh well😅there may be spoilersI have a few thoughts concerning the characters.Nimue didn’t really stand out to me. Most of the times it felt like she was too reckless. She didn’t listen to anybody ‘cause she thought she was the only one who knew what to do. Also, the typical dialogue where people tell her she’s ‘the chosen one’, the only one who can s...
  • Emily
    I read the first hundred pages before I gave up. At first glance, this seems like a strong female protagonist book, but it's more like "wreckless protagonist sometimes accidentally does the right thing" book. There will be demand for this book, and I know who I will recommend it to, but unfortunately it's not for me.
  • Juli
    Ok....who else gravitates to books/graphic novels that have that lovely sticker "Soon to be a Netflix Original Series'' or "Now a Major Motion picture"? I know I do!While I hate the darn sticker on the front cover of my book (Geez....wrap them in plastic and put that darn tag on the plastic so you aren't marking up my book!!' And DON'T make it a perma-part of the cover art....I don't want an ad displayed on the front cover of a book I paid for! M...
  • Lauren Stoolfire
    As a fan of anything Arthurian I was really looking forward to this retelling from Nimue's perspective. Unfortunately, it never quite hit the mark for me. I found myself caring less and less for most of the main cast as it went along although some of the secondary and minor characters were intriguing. Overall, the story also was quite tropey and so much of what's meant to be fresh and unique isn't really. Plus, the art didn't work for me at all a...
  • Lis Carey
    I tried to like this book. I really did.It's an Arthurian story in which Things Are Different, and the Sword that empowers the True King has gone to Nimue--designating, instead, a True Queen.I ought to love this.There are a whole range of Fey peoples, of different types and features and magic. Nimue is one of them.I ought to love this.Nimue and Morgan and others are interesting characters.I ought to love this.Unfortunately, the bad guy characters...
  • Brittany ☾
    I'll start by saying I believe this will be an absolutely amazing Netflix adaptation. The characters are interesting, and the plot is engaging. Overall, it's an enjoyable spin on of the round table stories we all know and love.Nimue is an incredibly strong, and likable female lead. Her unlikely claim to the sword is a welcome twist to the old tale of Excalibur. Unfortunately, the description and back story of some of the supporting characters are...
  • Kasey Giard
    An Arthurian story with female lead? Yes, please. I love the description of this book. CURSED is really different than the original story of Arthur and Merlin. I like a lot of the ways the characters and story are reimagined, though.Merlin is this flawed man who’s hundreds of years old, thanks in part to his magic. Arthur hasn’t really become the hero yet, but you see glimpses of his potential through the story. And then there are all of thes...
  • Clockwork bibliophile
    Thank you Netgalley and Simon & Schuster Canada for sending me a complimentary arc of this book.2.5 stars. When I saw the blurb of this book, I was so excited to read it. But the whole potential of this book was wasted because of the writing style. This book was written with the sole purpose of being adapted to a Netflix show and the writer is a screenwriter. You can clearly see that when you are reading the book. It felt like I was reading a scr...
  • Bliss Garza
    This was such a great read. Now, I'm not a good reviewer.. not much experience in reviewing,, just reading. But .. this was a book out of my usual reading material. It was wonderful adventure and great characters... Can absolutely see another book coming after this.. just has to be a series. P.S. sorry for my horrible review skill... I am not sure how to properly write one.
  • Jenn
    I really love the Arthur legend and I'm no "purist," because I can't believe you can be - it's all in which version you adhere to - and I like many of them. I'm also a fan of some of Frank Miller's graphic novels, so I got this and then almost didn't read it after perusing all the flyleaf stuff (I think the design is gorgeous), because it seemed that since it was conceived by a screenwriter to be a Netflix series, it was either a movie tie-in or ...
  • Raegan
    As I have said before, I love retellings of classic stories, I am such a sucker for them. So OF COURSE this book was on the top of my TBR list as soon as it was released. Arthurian legend, but Nimue gets the sword??? YES PLEASE! This was also a priority read because I am a pretentious sucker who thoroughly enjoys talking about how much better the book was than its TV/film adaptation. So when I hear that it is already in production to be a Netflix...
  • Mikaela Garcia
    The beginning was too wast so I didn't get to know about Nimue more, and when I come to the middle it was to slow and I didn't like the ending very well. It was good, but I wasn't blown away.The illustration was really cool, I like the most in the book and Merlin was very irritable also Arthur.
  • Nikki
    THIS REVIEW & MORE → SYNOPSES BY SARGEI received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Cursed is an Arthurian retelling.Overall, I thought the story was well-paced. It was action-packed, engaging, and eventful. I found the last half of the story a lot more intriguing than the first half due to the story-building. It was like everyone was meeting at the same place and battle would soon ensue.I felt like the story lost a little...
  • Deanna (Deanna Reads Books)
    This review was originally posted on my review blog Deanna Reads Books I really like Arthurian Myth, and I haven't read a lot of retellings (save for Avalon High by Meg Cabot which is amazing), so I was really excited to get my hands on this book. I think this book has an interesting take because it pulls in a lot of the myths but also puts it in the backdrop of how Christianity started to take over. It really focuses a lot on how pagans and peop...
  • Alyson Stone
    Book: CursedAuthor: Thomas WheelerRating: 2 Out of 5 StarsI would like to thank Netgalley and the publisher, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers for providing me with this ARC. I went into this one with really high expectations. I mean, look at just how much it has going for it. However, I do feel like this book was just made for the screen and the screen alone. I don’t know what is it about taking a script and turning it into a book just ...
  • Sionna
    *I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. DNF @ 25%Having grown up with a mother who loves King Arthur and other similar stories and even has an The Lady of Shalott painting hung up, you can say that I've grown fond of the stories myself. I'm always game to try out a re-telling of King Arthur. When I saw this one available and noted it would also be on Netflix, I knew I wanted to read it before ev...
  • Wendy
    I really enjoyed this, so much action. It filled the hole that Game of Thrones left in my heart. Great fun, love the strong female retelling of this tale. Can't wait for the second.
  • Daniel
    Arthurian mythos as you never read it before. Enjoyable with many striking illustrations. Do these characters still abide in Avalon?
  • Evie
    UUUUUUHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHUHHHHUHHHHHHWhat was this?!(Excuse me while I go bang my head on a wall) When I picked up this book I wanted to see what a book was written to be made into a tv show would be like and it was not good. First, let's start out with the kinda redeemable things:The magic system-I thought the way Niume used magic was interesting and the concept of the hidden added a different layer to a reworked world. Arther being a cowa...