Audiobook Review: Cursed (Gilded #2)

Published November 8th 2022

Author: Marissa Meyer

Narrator: Rebecca Soler

Audiobook Length: 16 hours 29 minutes

Before the Endless Moon, when the Erlking means to capture one of the seven gods and make a wish to return his lover, Perchta, from the underworld, Serilda and Gild attempt to break the curses that tether their spirits to Adalheid’s haunted castle. But it soon becomes clear that the Erlking’s hunger for vengeance won’t be satisfied with a single wish, and his true intentions have the power to alter the mortal realm forever. Serilda and Gild must try to thwart his wicked plans, all while solving the mystery of Gild’s forgotten name, freeing the ghosts kept in servitude to the dark ones, and trying to protect their unborn child.

Romance, danger, and Serilda’s journey to find her power as a woman, a mother, and a storyteller make this reimagining of Rumpelstiltskin one that Meyer fans—old and new—will treasure. 

Cursed (#2)

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Cursed concludes Serilda’s story that was first introduced in Gilded. Since the story picks up right where the last one left one and Meyer most likely wanted to build up to the story, the pacing begins slower before the rest of the story picks up. As the main climax is set up, there are some moments in time where it feels that nothing is happening. Serilda is trapped in the Erlking’s haunted castle with a secret regarding her child as she tries to free herself and those that she loves. The Erlking, however, has plans of his own that are slowly revealed over time. Through their interactions, I loved how complex the Erlking became as many different sides of him were shown. He’s still not as complex as I was expecting, but I am glad that a little more depth was added to him.

As Serilda tries to figure out how to break her curse, she is also working on finding out how to free Gild. Both have secrets from their pasts and their purposes in the story are revealed, which were expected in some ways and surprises for others. I enjoyed each new piece that was revealed, but there were moments where I felt this all could have fit in the first novel. Both Gild and Serilda do not go through a lot of growth in this story and remained pretty similar to their characters in the first novel. Their situations and surroundings changed, but they more or less remained the same.

The entire concept of the duology was very creative and unique. I loved the idea of this series, and it was an addictive read. While content-wise, I was not quite a fan of it compared to the first novel, I actually enjoyed the writing itself a little more. The stories and lies that Serilda spins play a large role in this story, and this is an element that stood out to me. Meyer has a talent with integrating these tales to the plot. As new challenges are given to the characters, I wished that they weren’t accepted (or overcome) so easily as, for me, it took away from their impact. There was a lot of build up to some elements, only for them to just be included rather than keep that same level of tension. Overall, I think his was a great tale, but it needed a little more exploration so the darker tension could read how I believe the author intended it. I still look forward to reading more from the author in the future!

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