Customer Review

Reviewed in the United States on February 4, 2022
This was a great story, not only to get more information about Cora, but also Regan from Across the Green Grass Fields–although it’s sad that she ended up at the other school. (Regan is intersex and has already faced enough hardship.) All the scenes at the other school were hard to read. But then Sumi helped them escape and rescued a few other girls as well. And hopefully, they learned something which will enable them to help more of the trapped students and teachers in the future.

It’s good that you can read these books in any order, because I realized that I hadn’t read “Come Tumbling Down” yet, which includes the part where Cora meets the Drowned Gods. I guess I accidentally skipped over that one when I was binging the series before. But there was enough information to catch me up so I could follow along. If you’re new to this series, it’s fine to jump in at any point and/or only read the books that sound interesting to you. They all weave together in a unique way, but relevant information is repeated in each book.

I also liked the new characters, especially the mouse girl who couldn’t say her name. It reminded me of the Nutcracker story and the Rat King. I would love to learn more about all these other worlds that get mentioned by other characters. I guess then the series would never end, but I don’t mind it. They’re always short and over too soon!

But the biggest mystery now is the Whitethorn Institute and how it’s related to Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children. Is Eleanor really helping her students? Why is the other school so harsh, and why does it need to steal names? With a year between each book, it will be awhile to wait to find out more answers.

LGBTQIA representation: secondary characters (two of the teachers) were an F/F couple. The intersex main character from a previous book is a secondary character in this book, although I don’t think this book mentioned her identity.
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