This book thrilled me. Even though this is the second installment of the series and the only one I’ve ever read, Everest does a marvelous job at summarizing the previous book without spoiling it, which is a difficult task for many. The characters are marvelously realistic, as well as the limitations of magic, making the book well-fleshed out with a heart to its story. It was all wonderfully done, with just enough description to leave you informed yet not spoil it, actually enticing you to read the first book. In fact, even though the first book was summarized, Everest’s writing and story-telling has me adding the first book in the series to my “to be read” list.The plot is fascinating, leaving you on the edge of your seat as you navigate through the twists and turns of the action and subterfuge. Everest does a terrific job at bringing the details in slowly, leaving you guessing but never quite certain. The writing is perfect for middle-graders, with the right amount of thrills and humor, and enticing characters and a hooking plot. It was a wonderful piece of work, and I cannot wait to read what comes next!
I give this book five out of five bookworms!
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