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All the Tides of Fate: All the Stars and Teeth, Book 2

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Queen is unworthy of her cool magical world in finale.

Book Adalyn Grace Fantasy 2021
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Just as the main character has lost her magic, this finale has lost some of the magic of the first book and trades more in secrets and lies than in the curious possibilities of its magical world. The magic is still cool. Especially with each island specializing in different forms and now allowed to mix them and experiment. But that's just the set dressing. Queen Amora ignores all this like she does the suitors on each island, and her friends, and lies to all her friends, all in pursuit of some seriously dangerous magic. She even tries to ignore her cursed soul connection to her love interest, Bastian. It's too bad she (or the author) didn't explore this more. It would have brought these characters closer, at least in the minds of readers. There's only a vague idea of what each senses about the other.

When Amora finally gets close to her goal (alone, with friends later fuming over why she didn't ask for help or tell them what was going on) she's face to face with an ancient creature who tries to guide her. She grabs what she wants from it and runs before she hears it out. With all this power suddenly hers, it takes all the friends she's lied to the whole time to guide her in the right direction, and more sacrifice on their part than she really deserves. The twists at the end of the story would have been much more satisfying if Amora was easier to root for. Still, it's worth rooting for this novice author to keep the magic coming and build more positive depth to her characters in the future.

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