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Thursday, December 8, 2022

Audiobook Review: Cursed, by Marissa Meyer

Adalheid Castle is in chaos.

Following a shocking turn of events, Serilda finds herself ensnared in a deadly game of make-believe with the Erlking, who is determined to propel her deeper into the castle’s lies. Meanwhile, Serilda is determined to work with Gild to help him solve the mystery of his forgotten name and past.

But soon it becomes clear that the Erlking doesn’t only want to use Serilda to bring back his one true love. He also seeks vengeance against the seven gods who have long trapped the Dark Ones behind the veil. If the Erlking succeeds, it could change the mortal realm forever.

Can Serilda find a way to use her storytelling gifts for good–once and for all? And can Serilda and Gild break the spells that tether their spirits to the castle before the Endless Moon finds them truly cursed?

Follow up to Meyer's 2021 book, Gilded, Cursed is the fairty tale retellling I've waited for (why is there no fabulous collection of Rumpelstiltskin retellings?)

The Alder King's Courts, where the new Queen, Serilda, is living a lie. She is not acquiesing to his demands. She's determine to free herself and all those tied to Adelheid Castle.. But the Eriking has a much more evil agenda. Serilda and Gild's characters grow significantly and their relationship deepens. 

The simultaneously stirring and unnerving story of good versus evil, getting darker as it goes, is full of twists, familiar characters, suprising new ones, and the secrets and deceptions you expect from Meyer's. 

A delicious conclusion to a story that caught me up from the beginning. 

What do you think??

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this Audiobook galley from Macmillan Audio through the netGalley publisher/reader connection program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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