In the sequel to Spelled, can Robin Hood’s daughter, Rexi, stop the Wicked Witch from finding Excalibur?
Fairy-Tale Survival Rule No. 52:
No matter how difficult the obstacles or all-powerful the evil villain, one can rest assured that the hero of the story never dies. The sidekicks though…they should be worried.
Rexi Hood is proud to be an outlaw. After all, she’s the daughter of the infamous Robin Hood. But sidekick? Accomplice? Sorry, that wasn’t in her story description. Yeah, she and Princess Dorthea of Emerald have been inseparable since they teamed up to fight the wickedest witch. But if Rexi doesn’t figure out how to break the curse that binds them, forget being overshadowed by the spirited princess, Rexi’s going to become a Forgotten, wiped from the pages of Story and reduced to a puddle of ink.
Not happening. No way in Spell.
Rexi’s plan? Steal the sword Excalibur and use its magic to write her own tale. But Gwenevere has opened a new Academy of Villains in Camelot and danger lurks behind every plot twist. And you know how it goes in Story: keep your friends close and your enemies closer…
I wasn’t a huge fan of Rex in the first book, but hoped this installment would shine some redeeming qualities on her that we couldn’t see on the surface in Spelled
, alas it was not so. And the non stop snark was a bit much. She’s so cynical and still judges Dorthea, and to an extent Kato, off their traditional fairy tale roles, as opposed to the merits and actions of their time together.
I did like the addition of King Arthur and his story to the ongoing fairy tales, however I didn’t think the two stories were merged well. And while Rexi worked between these two worlds she constantly talks about Dorthea, who brought her back from the dead over and over again – usually from stupid situations she got herself into – like she’s still some selfish brat. Rexi is the selfish brat in these circumstances, the one who yelled at Dorthea for not taking responsibility for her own actions in the first book, but is doing exactly the same thing now. Obviously I could not stand her for the majority of this novel.
After Dorthea makes Rexi the magic shoes she gets a bit better. Rex seems to understand that no one was after her, and has a “grass is greener” moment when she’s finally on her own. I got very hopeful with this revelation of hers and thought it was a sign of character growth, but it didn’t last long. Whatever small amount of growth she does achieve is not until the very end, when she sees just how much damage her choices made.
I hated that Rexi is/thinks she’s having feelings for Kato. Why can’t there just be platonic love between them, like Kato amd Dorthea feel for her? I thought the addition of the love triangle idea was completely unnecessary and one more tally against this book. I did really like the addition of Mordred, and how he doesn’t worry about good or evil, and is a little of both, but still honorable. And I think he and Rexi have much more compatibility then she would ever have with Kato.
This was a lackluster sequel to the first book, which I was surprised by and loved for it’s original take on the classic fairy tales and the growth of Dorthea. Hopefully the third book will redeem this series, especially since I think we are going back to Dorthea’s perspective.