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Cursed: Gilded, Book 2

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Dramatic, gory, thrilling finale of Rumpelstiltskin reboot.

Cursed: Gilded, Book 2

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Based on 1 parent review

age 13+

Fantastic conclusion!

Cursed is a milder conclusion to the Gilded duology. There is less violence and gore. Cursed picks up right where Gilded ended. It is exciting all the way through. The storytelling is top notch both within the book and the book itself.

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If you like your fairy tales extra dark with a generous dollop of high drama, this duology finale is for you. When the main character is pregnant for most of the book and sure she will never be allowed to keep her child or tell the father of the baby that it's his, there's no getting around that extra helping of drama. Luckily, ghost-Serilda's growing belly is contained in her mortal body, well out of the action of the story for most of it. So readers don't have to imagine a pregnant protagonist chasing down lost gods and beasts and running from cruel immortals with morning sickness and a bigger and bigger baby bump. She's got enough to get on with, and often so much that she loses hope and her way in thwarting the king. Those are the slower, less satisfying moments of Cursed, when Serilda waits to see what the Alder King will do next instead of trying to track down Gild in the dungeons or ferret out the mysteries of Gravenstone Castle. She's already a ghost and she still has to lose so much more before she pieces together the king's grander, eviler, more power-hungry plans and begins to fight back again.

When Serilda does begin to fight back, she's forgiven for her past helplessness. Especially when she enlists the Hulda-blessed talents of Gild and his awesome long-lost relative (who really needs her own fairy tale told as well). Serilda will also need to free a god or two, fall in with some stealthy warrior moss maidens, uncover more secrets of her parentage, and recall some essential storytelling details to truly become the hero of her own story. It's hard to imagine a more dramatic finale than this one. Get ready for some twists and turns and have the Kleenex box handy.

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