A Curse of Gold is the sequel to Annie Sullivan’s A Touch of Gold. I won’t spoil all of the plot of the first book, but King Midas is featured heavily in this duology and the action is seen through the point of view of his daughter, Kora. I picked up A Touch of Gold before reading this and I really did enjoy it. I can see why it is geared more toward the 13+ age group. I have been a lifelong fan of YA novels and firmly believe that they can still be enjoyed at any age. The one thing that pushed this one firmly into YA was the romance. I liked it, but is was maybe too sweet.
The relationships and characters were built up more from the first book, which I appreciated. Although a few other reviews have mentioned that the pacing was not great, I found it to be great. The action began from chapter one and it felt like it didn’t stop. Kora not only went on a journey to save the kingdom, she also learned along the way how to rule. Her father is in failing health and she understands that no matter the outcome of her journey, she will one day take up the mantle as leader of Lagonia.
One of my favorite lines was about love:
…remembering that wise Queen Teragram wrote that there is no ocean that can separate love, for it is a feeling and not a location.
Quotes like this pop up often in the narrative and I think they really drive home the notion that Kora needs to learn from the past so she doesn’t repeat the mistakes of those that went before her. Kora wants to make the world a better place and save her people, to do that she must learn from other kings and queens.
In both books, I enjoyed the story and the exploration of mythology! There’s an oracle, islands were monsters live and of course some swashbuckling. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone who likes mythology and firm YA novels.
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I received a galley copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to NetGalley and Blink for a copy of this book!