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Curse of the Forgotten City: Emblem Island, Book 2

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Exciting high-seas magical, mythical adventure.

Book Alex Aster Fantasy 2021
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Though, like the first in the series, this sequel could use more polish, once this high-seas magical adventure sets sail it's loads of excitement and fun for fantasy fans. The opening is thrilling when a mysterious girl, who stays quite mysterious through most of the story, washes up on the beach, bleeding. You have readers' attention, and an immediate call for a quest once the pirates arrive. What's missing is the time to reassert the relationships between the main characters and their personalities. They get lost here, especially if you're not reading the books back to back.

But on board the ship that's all forgotten when the full platters of enchanted food come out just by wishing them there. This is one sweet magical ride, once Tor learns how to use his powers from the Night Witch to control it. From here the adventures and magical items to search for pile up as time to save Tor's village grows short. Sea monsters give chase, ghost-pirates attack on the full moon, islands full of cursed riches appear, and sea ports hold cunning female assassins and a famous mermaid's secrets. Like the first book, Curse of the Night Witch, Curse of the Forgotten City splices in cautionary tales from a book of myths, this one all about the sea. It adds a mystical layer to the storytelling and a layer of nail-biting anticipation when Tor and friends meet these often-dangerous characters of legend on their travels. Here's hoping the next in the series continues on the same magical path.

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