Once & Future

Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang
Series: Once & Future, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
4 out of 5 stars (118 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

King Arthur as you've never imagined! This bold, sizzling YA retells the popular legend with the once and future king as a teenage girl - and she has a universe to save.

I've been chased my whole life. As a fugitive refugee in the territory controlled by the tyrannical Mercer corporation, I've always had to hide who I am. Until I found Excalibur.

Now, I'm done hiding.

My name is Ari Helix. I have a magic sword, a cranky wizard, and a revolution to start.

When Ari crash-lands on Old Earth and pulls a magic sword from its ancient resting place, she is revealed to be the newest reincarnation of King Arthur. Then she meets Merlin, who has aged backward over the centuries into a teenager, and together, they must break the curse that keeps Arthur coming back. Their quest? Defeat the cruel, oppressive government and bring peace and equality to all humankind. 

No pressure. 

"All hail this worthier-than-ever, fresh, and affirming reincarnation of the legendary king and her round table of knights which dazzles with heroic flair, humor, and suspense." (Kirkus)

©2019 Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy (P)2019 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"Pointedly funny and deftly topical, an effortless Arthurian update with heart in all the right places." (Number one New York Times best-selling author E.K. Johnston)

"This epic space adventure...is a must-have." (School Library Journal)

"Once & Future is an utterly delightful romp, full of witty voice, imaginative adventures, and deeply lovable characters. It kept me up into the wee hours of the morning. I couldn't put it down!" (Katherine Locke, author of The Girl with the Red Balloon, a 2018 Sydney Taylor Honor Book)

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Once & Future...but always the same story

I rather enjoyed this take on the Arthurian legend of old. The characters were lively and you wanted to cheer on their successes. However, it’s the adhering too much to TH White’s tale that left me with horrible betrayal. For myself, I despise the Arthur-Gwen-Lancelot parable so much I was hoping for a change in this story. I was woefully disappointed. A good story but too much like the original that it’ll be a long time before I look to the sequel.

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Favorite

Only Arthurian legend I’ve been able to enjoy, so miracles can happen with a new enough story to make me change my mind

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A Must Read-Hillarious-LGBT Pride Masterpiece

On this amazing retelling of White's _Once and Future King_ we have all the twists and moral challenges of thw Arthurian Legend taken to a galactic scale. It accurately captures life as it would be under a corporate reality tv and product marketing tie Capitalist utopia, where you every need is met before your are even aware if it, because of ubiquitous computers tracking your needs and desires.
Lots of hot LGBTQ sex scenes between main character, withoutnany religious taboo for Gwenniviere mistakingly cheating on her Ari (female arthur character). And as Merlyn grows to a younger teen, his homoerotic scenes are award winning.
This parody of the Arthurian legends is sublime, and a very enjoyable listen. The reader was outstanding.

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The naration was decent but the story was too worried about genders and political correctness.

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Relatiable 21st century King Author

Great modern twist to the well known King Arthor story. wonderful representation of the LGBTQ+ community! Truly kept me wanting more and rooting for all the characters. I couldn't wait for my next credit I paid full price for the sequel Sword of the Stars!

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Wonderful Queer take on a future king Arthur

lots of nice little surprises. Sometimes it lagged just a tad, but never enough to entirely lose me. It was fun to imagine a future with so much equality based on gender and orientation, but plagued by the rise of even more capitalism.

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Not bad, but not good

I loved how inclusive this was and really liked alot of the characters, but most of the concepts were under developed and it reads like a fanfiction.

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Amazing!

I adored this book. The humor was everything I loved. The scifi element was blended with the traditional Arthurian tale. What could be better than a LGBTQ lady king Arthur in space? Nothing. I recommend this book to anyone and I look forward to the next installment.

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Authors political agenda ruins the story

The author is pushing a political agenda which distracted from what could have been a very good story.