Once & Future by Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy
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Genre: Sci-fi, fantasy
Series: First Book in a duology
Ari Helix has been running her whole life. A fugitive refugee in the territory controlled by the tyrannical Mercer Corporation, she’s always had to hide who she was. Until now. When Ari crash-lands on Old Earth and pulls a magic sword from its ancient resting place, she is revealed to be the forty-second reincarnation of King Arthur. The wizard Merlin has been waiting for centuries for a king who can break the curse that’s aged him backward into a teenager. He’s trained dozens of Arthurs over the centuries, but never a girl. Could Ari finally be the one? Ari wants nothing to do with Merlin’s talk of quests and knights and dragons. She just wants to use her new power to find a way home. But the Mercer Corporation has been hiding a terrible secret and it will do anything to stop her from uncovering the truth.
The asexual character reveal is used as a plot twist in a presumed love triangle. The reveal only happens when the book is almost over.