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Cavern of Secrets: Wing & Claw, Book 2

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Well-paced animal-rescue sequel with admirable hero.

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If you're someone who adores animal-rescue videos, this apothecary adventure series will reel you in like a turtle caught in fishing line heroically saved by a kayaker and his Swiss Army knife. Raffa is the selfless character at the heart of Cavern of Secrets whose determination to free captive animals drives most of the exciting action in the story. Having his likeness on Wanted posters everywhere adds to the cloak-and-dagger danger and keeps the story moving.

While the pacing is great, sometimes Cavern of Secrets feels as if it sacrifices clarity and logic for action, leaving a few questions unanswered: Why wasn't Raffa trying harder to find his parents? He barely asks questions of his friends when he arrives in Gilden. Why didn't he just give an antidote to his cousin to deliver since he's the one who doses the animals anyway? Why isn't Raffa spreading information about this secret animal project to others in the government? What good will it do to just rescue animals if more will just be obtained? Between those questions and the cliffhanger ending, much is left swirling around readers' minds -- readers who will surely be excited about Book 3.

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