Firstly, a huge thank you to Rock the Boat for sending over a copy of Once & Future for me to review.
This book has every kind of representation you could think of from the LGBTQIAP+ spectrum. Okay, well most areas are represented by a character and are otherwise explicitly discussed. I felt that the representation was incredibly sweet and sensitive though, as I'm not a member of the rainbow flag coalition myself, I cannot say whether it is accurate (I support from the sidelines though, hehe.)
At first, I was a little dubious about this one but after only a few pages I was hooked. I loved everything about this book. I mean gender-bent King Arthur in space what more could you want? Oh I know. Dragons. THERE'S DRAGONS.
Ari is arguably the main character but she has a group of friends and allies around her, that as far as secondary characters go are just as well developed. You come to care for all of them because of the level of detail put into their creation and as a result, your heart is in your mouth with every turn of the page. There's usually the odd character that you wouldn't reaaaaally care about if they died in a book...not this one. I was a weepy mess so so often with his book. George R R Martin eat your heart out. Ari is headstrong, feisty and often acts without thinking but she learns over the course of the novel how to let others help her. Those people being her knights. I love how the knights were integrated into the book and changed to fit the tone of this story. As I said there was so much rep that the knights of the round table shoulder really have been the knights of the rainbow table.
But it didn't feel forced. With Once & Future the only way I can explain it was, whilst I was reading I had thoughts of well duh, course Ari is bi or obviously Lamarack is gender fluid. The characters simply were. They existed exactly as they should've been. I think that's down to how tangible they felt. I can't properly explain how it made me feel but that's kind of the gist.
As for the plot it is perhaps one of the best well-paced novels I've ever read and frankly, I need book two now.
Name: Once & Future*
Author: Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy
Publisher: Rock the Boat
Have you read Once & Future*?
What did you think?
Thank you for reading,