Excalibur's Curse

The Secret Excalibur Files, Book 1

Fiction - Fantasy - General
10 Pages
Reviewed on 12/11/2016
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Author Biography

Amber Zygutis was born in Redlands, California, but now lives in Tennessee, where she previously attended Carson-Newman University. She is an author and something of a trailblazer, a former freelance copywriter, has qualified as a Certified Editor and Proofreader with ExpertRating and is a graduate of Writer’s Digest University’s Novel Writing Workshop.

She has had a love of writing her whole life and knew that she wanted to be an author from just four years of age, spending hours practising and honing her skills.

Her story “Excalibur’s Curse” tells of how the legendary sword turns Geoffrey Chaucer into the literary genius he became and is the first in a series of five short stories. It was the first piece of writing Amber had written for publication and was accepted at her first attempt. She is now working on re-developing a fantasy world for a series of novels about Satan’s fall from Heaven, a series she began working on when she was just 17.

When she isn’t writing Amber loves walking, reading, spending time with friends, browsing YouTube and watching The Big Bang Theory on DVD. She is also a huge fan of Shakespeare and the medieval and Renaissance periods and has climbed the second highest peak in Ireland.

In the future Amber would like to see more of Europe and return to Ireland for a second trip. She loves to learn and improve in everything she does and would love to write full-time and have a following of loyal readers all over the world.

You can contact Amber Zygutis at writeractress@yahoo.com

    Book Review

Reviewed by Rosie Malezer for Readers' Favorite

Excalibur’s Curse is the first book in The Secret Excalibur Files series, written by Amber Zygutis. Excalibur lies on the chest of his master, late in the 6th century A.D., as Arthur’s lifeless eyes stare blankly into the cold. The sword grew hot with fury that it had been tricked into betraying the King and vowed revenge on Morgan le Fay, the witch behind the curse which had caused King Arthur’s demise. Fast forward to the 14th century, and Excalibur leans in the corner, observing the frustration on his new master’s face when writer’s block consumes him. As the last remaining descendant of King Arthur, Geoffrey Chaucer glances at the sword, curious at the rumored curse it carries. On him picking it up, a message appears, beckoning Geoffrey to release Excalibur from the curse. Although the sword had been used in countless battles, Geoffrey decides that in this instance, his pen may very much indeed be mightier than the sword and proceeds to write inspiring and spectacular tales of King Arthur, later known as The Canterbury Tales. As the pen writes effortlessly, history is about to change.

Whilst beginning with tragedy, Amber Zygutis’ highly imaginative and well thought out tale surrounding the curse of Excalibur is flawlessly delivered. Spanning eight centuries, Excalibur had tried many times to have the curse removed, with its wielder taking the mighty sword into battle in the name of vengeance, never to return. It took great thought and imagination to find a solution to Excalibur’s problem, although he was unable to guide his masters towards that goal; they were required to use their own grey matter to reveal the secret to the curse’s undoing. Although Excalibur’s Curse is short in length, the quality of text and flow of the story inside the first volume leaves me wanting to read more – to KNOW more – about King Arthur and Excalibur. I very much enjoyed this first volume and look forward to reading more from Amber Zygutis in the future. I recommend Excalibur’s Curse to literary and history buffs who like to broaden their intellectual horizons through imagination and creative solutions.