- US Edition
Once and Future
Love. Death. Betrayal. Evil. Magic. A bold, unexpected re-telling of King Arthur for the 21st century. Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy have breathed new life into an ancient legend and created a female king on a quest to overthrow a tyrannical corporate government. And a female Arthur who learns to live boldly and fight fiercely for the right to be who she is--and love who she loves.
Ari Helix has been an illegal immigrant in the galaxies controlled by the Mercer Company her entire life. On the run with her adoptive brother Kay following their parents’ arrest (for harboring refugee Ari), things couldn’t get worse…until their rugged spaceship crashes on Old Earth and Ari pulls a magic sword from an ancient willow, confirming her fate as the forty-second reincarnation of King Arthur.
Ari’s actions spark to life the well-known Arthurian cycle in a brand new universe—one where a massive corporation is king and anything outside of its reach is illegal. To assist her fate, Ari is accompanied by Merlin. The Merlin. Who awakens in the Crystal Cave and discovers that, having aged backwards over the last forty-one Arthurs, he is now—wretchedly—a teenager, complete with voice cracks and hormones.
ri and Merlin embark on an epic tear across the galaxy to fulfill the needs of the cycle–quests & knights, love & betrayal, magic & power–in the eternal fight to unite humanity against its greatest foe: one another.
USA/Canada: Jimmy imprint, Little Brown USA (March 2019)
Starred review from Kirkus
“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.”
Cori McCarthy studied poetry and screenwriting before earning an MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Kirkus called their debut YA novel, THE COLOR OF RAIN, “[an] elegantly written and emotionally cathartic page-turner.”
Their second novel, BREAKING SKY, is in development to become a film at Josephson Entertainment, while their third title, YOU WERE HERE, is a contemporary mixed-media novel containing graphic novel sections and word-art poetry. Their fourth title, NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE, releases from Sourcebooks Fire in 2018, followed by a duology written with their partner, Amy Rose Capetta, entitled ONCE & FUTURE, which publishes in 2019 and 2020.
In 2021, Cori’s first picture book will be released from Candlewick, a biography of the inspiring Lebanese-American poet Kahlil Gibran, entitled HOPE IS AN ARROW.
Like many of their characters, Cori is a member of the LGBTQ+ community.