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Harry Potter meets Percy Jackson in book two of the series
Reviewed in the United States on March 20, 2018
So I really liked book one of this series and didn’t even want to wait for the paper version, but ordered the digital. And normally I finish a digital book in a few hours. This one took me over a week. Yes there were extenuating circumstances, but overall, this book got a little lost in the mystery and forgot why the first book was so good.
The first book introduced us to Sophie, a changling elf raised by humans then transported to the land of Elves because “she is the chosen one” or lost one...and a bit of a Mary Sue able to do All the talents, except potions (Alchemy) taught by a Snape like woman who thinks Sophie is the pits.
But book one was fun, exasperating, thrill ride of an adventure. Especially for a tween fantasy novel with magic and a bit of tween drama, (love interests and all), the first book was a fun middle grade fantasy that made me want to read more.
Book two doubled down on mystery, and frequently left description or even logic aside in favor of “the chosen one is broken, let’s fix her”. Bits of convenient memories and flashbacks appear throughout the book when it would have made more sense to have Sophie be at school and actually work through things. The entire book takes place a few weeks after book 1 left off and possibly only covers a month or two. And half the time Sophie is sleeping or being treated for one medical crisis or another.
It’s not a bad book, and still is interesting, but it’s only book two and the pace has slowed down, getting bogged in mystery and rarely describing events. Things happen because a note is left, and someone Needs the chosen one to manifest new powers, not because they necessarily make sense. But, it is a fun, clean read, and appropriate for readers in 3-7th grade. Evil is still cloaked figures, and hard to describe, but some resolution to if the Black Swan a good group or not is achieved. Sophie still has several love interests, but the pain of being in Elf land and losing her only family is gone. Overall I’m going to continue reading the series, but it’s a long one, so probably won’t recommend to our school library.