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The Curse of the King by Winnie Lyon


I was sent an electronic copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

I am conflicted about this book. I loved the premise, it sounded delicious and new to me – I’m not overly familiar with Macbeth and I was looking forward to reading about the witches and bringing it into modern times. I’m not aware of many Macbeth-esque tales? If you know of any please let me know!

So I went into this with a lot of enthusiasm and it started well, I sped through the first 30% and enjoyed it … but then it seemed to nosedive. A lot was happening, many hoops needed jumping through but they were never big hoops, just little steps that were easily overcome. Our protagonists figured everything out far too neatly in some respects (I often felt like I was being told and not shown) and there were odd bits that didn’t add up for me.

For example, why did we need a vampire? Peter seemed a bit out of place since he was apparently just a tool to help Holly realise she liked girls. And when Laura started time-travelling it yanked me out of the story every time and some of the language just didn’t seem to fit with the characters although I do enjoy a bit of sass. There was also the inclusion of the vampire who turned Peter and was supposed to be a big bad and nasty, but when they need her help she gives it willingly and even gives Laura a hug? what?

So not a winner for me but I would love to hear other people’s views and chat about it! It is a shame because I had high hopes for something fresh but it fell a little flat for me.

The Curse of the King is available on Amazon now – you can buy it here.

Goodreads Rating: 2 / 5


30 something bookish crafter.

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