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About the BookA Curse of Gold (A Touch of Gold, #2) by Annie Sullivan
Published by Blink on September 22, 2020
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.
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.
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.
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*Thank you to Netgalley and Blink Publishing for the early review copy. All opinions are our own and do not reflect the thoughts or beliefs of the publisher or author.
A Curse of Gold is the highly anticipated sequel to A Touch of Gold. Both novels draw heavily on Greek mythology and especially the legend of King Midas, whose touch could turn things to gold. I was initially interested in these books because of their connection to Greek mythology- I have Grad school advisor is proud at what I’m doing with my degree- you know, turning a critical eye to YA fiction retellings.
“They love me for what’s inside my heart, not what I look like or what I can offer them.”
As with the first novel, our protagonist is Kora who is still trying to figure things out when our story picks up only a few weeks after A Touch of Gold’s end. In many ways, Kora is an endearing and relatable protagonist. As is all too ubiquitous in much a YA these days, Kora is trying to figure things out in terms of who she is and how she fits into the world. Kora’s naivety aside, she has a big heart and is a fiercely loyal protagonist- a Hufflepuff if there ever was one!
There will always be threats, but you’re willing to face them. Don’t forget that. Everyone wants a leader who fights for them.
From almost the first page, A Curse of Gold is nonstop action and has a the same quest-like feel of the first novel, even if scenery is a little different. Like the first novel, the pacing was a little shaky in spots. I do feel like there were some scenes that could have been fleshed out and others that did not need to be as drawn as they were. Be that as it may, I was entertained and intrigued the whole way through and some times that’s really all you can ask from a good story.
All paths have different destinations. Some just lead to them faster and some lead to them not at all.”
Filled with action, adventure and a little romance, this book is perfect for fans of fairytale retellings and other stories that feature strong heroines.
Overall, I gave A Curse of Gold 3.5/5 stars.
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