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Title: Curse of the Celts
Author: Clara O’Connor
Publisher: One More Chapter
Genre: Fantasy | Adventure |Romance |Dystopian
Publication Date: March 18, 2021
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The pandemonium, the division of the night before, had been quieted by the age-old response, the reminder that our unity as a province, as a city, was stronger if we were united as one under the law and customs of our Code.
Not mine; I was no longer protected or bound by the Code.Cass
Curse of the Celts Synopsis
You are accused of crimes against the Code. How do you plead?
After failing to escape the Roman metropolis of Londinium with Devyn, her lover, and Marcus, her betrothed, Cassandra wakes in inky darkness to find the ground giving way to sand beneath her feet.
All three of them have been carted back to the notorious arena at the heart of the city to stand trial by public vote. Cass knows they must escape at any cost: to warn the Celts of the mysterious blood curse ravaging their kin, to foil the schemes of the imperial council…
To find the fabled Lady of the Lake, the one who could save them all.
But even as the jaws of death close in around her, another threat looms in the shadows, a danger she never could have foreseen, a betrayal that could burn down her entire world.
Fans of The Hunger Games will revel in this sweeping dystopian adventure set in an alternate fantasy universe where the Roman Empire never fell.
Curse of the Celts Review
Alright guys, this sequel did not disappoint. Starting off right where we left off, We are with Cass, Devyn and Marcus as they face the sands of Londinium. Cass and Marcus are still handfasted by the cuffs. Devyn and Cass are still a romance to die for.
Cass, Devyn and Marcus escape the sands through some unlikely help. They continue their quest for a cure to the illness infecting latent magic citizens and a druid who can removed the cuffs from Marcus and Cass. The trio travel through the various kingdoms heading towards Mercia. The dynamics of the trio change and while Devyn is the one who can navigate these lands that are unknown to Cass and Marcus. He is also the most well known and if recognized he could get into trouble because of his broken oath to his lord. He must navigate the trio to allies that may or may not want him dead in hopes to persuade them to help them reach Mercia. Cass and his relationship is strained because of their roles but there are definitely some swoony scenes. Marcus, along for the ride, finds himself the third wheel at times, and the star of the show at others.
The characters all grow and come into their roles and maturity more. The new character introduced are interesting and I can’t wait to find out more about who they are and their intentions, especially Gideon. Claa also brings back from interesting characters from Secrets of the Starcrossed to hep the trio reach Mercia, like Devyn’s cousin Bronwyn. Curse of the Celts introduces more of the Celtic side of this world and they world building brings the Roman and Celtic histories and cultures together in a seamless way. The pacing is just as good, if not better than the first book. There is betrayal, heartbreak and a hint of hope for the future, but not the ways Cass ever dreamed of. I cannot wait to get my hands on the third and final book in The Once and Future Queen series to find out the conclusion of Cassandra’s story.
I would like to thank NetGalley, Orbit Books US and Clara O’Connor for sending me a free copy in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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About Clara O’Connor…
Clara O’Connor grew up in the west of Ireland where inspiration was on her doorstep; her village was full of legend, a place of druids and banshees and black dogs at crossroads. Clara worked in publishing for many years before her travels set her in the footsteps of Arthurian myth, to Mayans, Masai, Dervishes and the gods of the Ancients. The world she never expected to explore was the one found in the pages of her debut novel, Secrets of the Starcrossed, which is the first book in the The Once and Future Queen trilogy.
Clara now works in LA in TV. At weekends, if not scribbling away on her next book, she can be found browsing the markets, hiking in the Hollywood Hills or curled up by the fireside with a red wine deep in an epic YA or fantasy novel.
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