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Curse of the Celts Review

Curse of the Celts (The Once and Future Queen, Book 2) by Clara O’Connor
Curse of the Celts ReviewSeries: The Once and Future Queen #2
Published by HarperCollins UK on 03/18/2021
Genres: Arthurian, Dystopian, Love & Romance
Format: ARC, eBook

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The Once and Future Queen: Book 2

You are accused of crimes against the Code. How do you plead?

After failing to escape the Roman metropolis of Londinium with Devyn, her lover, and Marcus, her betrothed, Cassandra wakes in inky darkness to find the ground giving way to sand beneath her feet.
All three of them have been carted back to the notorious arena at the heart of the city to stand trial by public vote. Cass knows they must escape at any cost: to warn the Celts of the mysterious blood curse ravaging their kin, to foil the schemes of the imperial council...

To find the fabled Lady of the Lake, the one who could save them all.

But even as the jaws of death close in around her, another threat looms in the shadows, a danger she never could have foreseen, a betrayal that could burn down her entire world.

Fans of The Hunger Games will revel in this sweeping dystopian adventure set in an alternate fantasy universe where the Roman Empire never fell.

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Wow. Woooooooooooooooow.

Love the story. Love the continuation. What a freaking curveball.

I’m speechless…

Hate hate Cass’ change. I don’t understand why a lot of female characters are written to act stupid after big secrets are revealed. In book 1, Cass found out about magic but I felt like she reacted ok. She kept her calm. Even with handfast cuff and bridal tea. In book 2, she has no further knowledge about magic and is out there making all kinds of stupid mistakes and assumptions. Sometimes making things worse for them all. Hello, hounds! What gets me is that she’s AWARE of how stupid she’s being and yet does it anyway.

The other thing that bothers me about Cass 2.0 is how bipolar she is about her feelings towards Devyn. Devyn has made it very clear since book 1 that things are very complicated and she SOMETIMES gets it but others she says “f it all I do what I want” and then ends up emotionally distraught. Cass is so much better than this! The events in the end, make me hopeful for Cass 3.0 to be stronger than ever.

Weirdly enough, it’s a newcomer who “gets” Cass more than the two men in her life. Gideon, although very VERY prickly, is so observant and figures out what the trio is hiding and somehow is able to get through to Cass when no one else can.

Filled with angst, secrets, danger, and heart wrenching event(s). Days after finishing the book and I’m still having a hard time digesting all that went down! I definitely have conflicting feelings about Gideon and what his role will be in the next book…

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