I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again: I love King Arthur. So naturally, I binged the entirety of Netflix’s Cursed the day it released. This show stole my heart with its unique and clever variations on King Arthur myth and, by the final episode, I was left immediately wanting more. So, if you are like me and loved Netflix’s Cursed, I have some book recommendations for you!
Books to Read After Binging Cursed on Netflix
1.Cursed by Thomas Wheeler and Frank Miller
This should come as no surprise that my first recommendation is the book version of Cursed. Written and illustrated by the two show runners, Thomas Wheeler and Frank Miller, this book is perfect if you want to experience the story again but with some slight variations. You’ll get to experience more of Nimue’s thoughts and feelings as you read the book.
2. Legendborn by Tracy Deonn
Legendborn is another King Arthur retelling, this time set in the modern world on the UNC Chapel Hill college campus. Believe me when I say that this book is an absolute must-read. Tracy Deonn masterfully blends the history of American South with the King Arthur legend to create a powerful story that is beautiful, dark, funny, and heartbreaking all in one. Not to mention Bree, our protagonist, is smart, stubborn, not afraid to be herself, and filled to the brim with Southern Black Girl Magic.
3. Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman
If you watched Cursed and immediately fell in love with the Red Spear raiders then you should read this book. This retelling reimagines the origins of Blackbeard and tells the story of the girl who captured his heart and then broke it, setting him on a path to destruction.
4. Alanna by Tamora Pierce
If you liked Cursed, you probably love sweeping fantasy adventures with strong female leads at the center, which is why you should definitely read the Song of the Lioness quartet, beginning with Alanna. Similar to Nimue, Alanna is scared of her magic and is deadly with a blade, and both of these stories are filled with some truly charming love interests.
5. The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare
Did you absolutely love the Weeping Monk? Same. Which is why you should read the Mortal Instruments series. The Weeping Monk will give you serious Jonathan/Sebastian vibes and you won’t know whether to love him or to hate him.
6. The Cold Is in Her Bones by Peternelle van Arsdale
One of the things that’s so great about Nimue in Cursed is that she’s got incredible powers that everyone, including her, fears. But throughout the show, as she fights for her life and the Fae, she slowly begins to embrace the magic she was always taught to believe was a curse. The Cold Is in Her Bones is a Medusa retelling and Milla has some similar experiences to Nimue. This book is about the dark, reverberating power of pain, the yearning to be seen and understood, which Nimue can definitely relate to.