Once & Future

Pages: 368
Imprint: Rock the Boat

Once & Future

Amy Rose Capetta, Cori McCarthy

A modern take on the classic Arthurian legend
9781786076540 (26 Mar 2019)
RRP £8.99

The Book

A modern take on the classic Arthurian legend

Ari Helix has been an illegal immigrant in the galaxies for as long as she can remember. But when her spaceship crashes on Old Earth and she pulls a magic sword from an ancient willow, her destiny becomes set in stone. As the forty-second reincarnation of King Arthur she must save humanity from tearing itself apart, with only the help of an adolescent wizard named Merlin.  

This female king must battle for her right to be herself, take down totalitarian governments and unite the world. How hard could that be?

Additional Information

Pages 368
Imprint Rock the Boat


About the Author

Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy met while earning MFAs in Writing for Children & Young Adults at Vermont College of Fine Arts. In 2015 they co-founded Rainbow Boxes, which crowdsourced enough money to send inclusive fiction to shelters and community libraries in every US state. Every spring they host the only LGBTQIA #ownvoices YA & children's writers retreat in the US. They live in Vermont with their young son, Maverick.


‘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, humour, and suspense.'

- Kirkus starred review

‘When I read Once and Future, a bold unexpected re-telling of King Arthur as an immigrant teenage girl, I knew it had all the same thrilling elements that would make the legend…a modern favourite once again.'

- James Patterson

'Fun and fearless, this story romps right across the galaxy and into your heart.'

- Amie Kaufman, author of the Illumina Files series

‘The inclusive, gender-bent King Arthur retelling that your bookshelf has been missing... An adventure of epic scale.'

- B & N Teen Blog

‘Pointedly funny and deftly topical; an effortless Arthurian update with heart in all the right places.'  

- E.K. Johnston, author of Ahsoka

‘A sizzling, bold exploration of gender, power, and revolution. Its dynamic and diverse cast will inspire and delight readers. I loved every second!'

- Jessica Khoury, author of The Forbidden Witch

‘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