Book review by Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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age 14+

Riveting Arthurian legend retelling set in secret societies.

Parents say

age 15+

Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 5 reviews

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age 13+

The most inclusive adventure filled book I've read

I loved so much about this book. It was jam packed with action and made it a total page turner. It's incredibly inclusive (there are LGBTQ+ characters and relationships) and touches on America's history in ways that we're heartbreaking but informative. There is some violence and death and a bit of swearing. No actual sex is described but someone is referred to as "a sex demon." There is a mention of a rape - but written in a way that is not graphic or detailed.

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Too much violence
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age 18+

Mature content; YA Genre

First, what I liked: -the Arthur legend and the author using it to create a fantasy world. -the mystery of the story as it unfolded, it kept me coming back and reluctant to put it down -I liked the descriptions of the characters as a whole, with their varying backgrounds, ethnicity, and specific quirks etc -I thought the author did a great job addressing racism without being heavy handed -I was surprised by a few things, which I love. Why I gave it 2-stars: -the attempt at making sure that every current political talking point was included was “meh” and contrived. There were multiple transgender, bisexual, and homosexual characters. All of it though felt more like an attempt to be relevant than something that added to the plot. -the relationships regarding the Arthur legend was difficult to follow. Who was whose scion? What is a scion? I felt like this could’ve been explained better or been less complicated. Maybe a chart? -while this book is of the “young adult” genre, I still considered letting my teens read it because of their love of Harry Potter & Percy Jackson as well as the fact we were given the book by the library and told it was for kids. However, the main character is 16 and multiple times is kissing and “lusting” after the 18 yo character as well as struggling with attraction to another 18 yo. All of which just isn’t appropriate for kids.

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