Hello! And welcome to my stop on the TBR And Beyond blog tour for A Curse of Gold. I reviewed the first book in the series, A Touch of Gold, earlier this week – you can find the review here. There are lots of us reviewing this exciting young adult fantasy book, and you can find the schedule for the tour here.
A Curse of Gold by Annie Sullivan
Genre: YA Fantasy Retelling
Publishing Date: September 22, 2020
Curses and queens. Pirates and kings. Gods and magic. This highly anticipated sequel to Annie Sullivan’s enchanting A Touch of Gold, the story of the daughter King Midas turned to gold, is the gripping crescendo to this sweeping fantasy adventure. The final saga of a cursed queen, a vengeful Greek god, and a dazzling kingdom in the balance.
After barely surviving thieving, bloodthirsty pirates and a harrowing quest at sea to retrieve her stolen treasure, Kora finds readjusting to palace life just as deadly. Kora’s people openly turn against her, threatening her overthrow as heir to the throne—a cursed queen who has angered Dionysus. When Dionysus puts out a challenge to kill the girl with the golden touch and burn down her kingdom, it’s not just her future on the throne in danger. Kora’s life and entire kingdom are now on contract.
As bold and brave as ever, Kora sets out to find Dionysus, the very person who is trying to kill her, on the mysterious disappearing island of Jipper. Kora has no other choice. If she wants to save her kingdom and have any chance at reversing her father’s curse, she will have to enter into a deadly game with Dionysus, the greatest trickster the world, or the underworld, has ever seen.
About the Author:
Annie Sullivan is the author of the young adult novels A Touch of Gold, Tiger Queen, and A Curse of Gold. She lives in Indianapolis, Indiana, and she loves fairytales, everything Jane Austen, and traveling and exploring new cultures. When she’s not off on her own adventures, she’s working as the Senior Copywriter at John Wiley and Sons, Inc. publishing company, having also worked there in Editorial and Publicity roles. She loves to hear from fans, and you can reach her via the contact form on this website or on Twitter and Instagram.
As with A Touch of Gold, I read half of this book physically and listened to the other half as an audiobook. The narrator Alana Kerr Collins is hugely talented, and despite being provided with a NetGalley copy, I used an Audible credit to buy the book when it was released as I find her voice so relaxing to listen to. It says a lot for me on a tight budget that I’ve spent money when given something for free!
I’d rate this book three and a half stars, finding it that bit more fulfilling than the first, which I rated at three stars on Good Reads. Parts of the book felt a bit convoluted, with it being one thing after another on the way to find The Oracle especially. I did enjoy having more of Kora back in my life for a bit, and seeing more of her relationships with the crew, especially Royce and Hetty, as I loved their dynamics in the first book.
Kora is still very much on her journey of self discovery, but you can tell how much she has grown since the beginning of the first book, and she rises to meet the challenges that Lagonia needs her to face yet again. Only recently home from her first adventure, she readily sets out again, despite the risks, and the tale that she has to tell in response is one that is bound to keep readers of all ages and interests engaged.
Thank you to NetGalley for my ebook, and for TBR and Beyond for getting me involved with this tour.