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Parents' Guide to

Echoes and Empires

By Joly Herman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Gripping magical fantasy has lots of drinking.

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Driven, juicy, fun, this magical book's anti-hero embraces her weaknesses and her strengths. Though there are some technical issues with the writing of Echoes and Empires, the flaws might only niggle the careful reader. Can one be "considering my options in" something? Or "put faith in anybody on such a delicate subject"? No biggie? Debatable.

Teens are going to turn the pages to this book hungrily -- it's got an unlikely romance, a political regime with a hidden agenda, family secrets -- and magic. Expect some borrowing from Harry Potter (a character has a spell scratched into his arm that glows when he's compromised), precious little diversity among characters, and excessive drinking. But it's refreshing to read about a girl who not only knows her flaws but also flaunts them, making herself vulnerable to change, and who has an excess of inner strength, despite her admitted narcissistic tendencies.

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