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Forged in Fire and Stars

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Girl seeks her destiny in so-so fantasy adventure.

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Fans who enjoy devouring all things fantasy will enjoy this strong-girl magical adventure with dashes of menace and mystery, but it's familiar territory and is a bit too uneven for broad appeal. Some of the elements in Forged in Fire and Stars feel like cliches, and overall the world feels very familiar within the fantasy genre without any real unique spark. Author Andrea Robertson's strengths are in her characters, who are engaging and believable, if not very surprising. The pace is a bit uneven, and the story doesn't even pretend to end, so fans will have to hope that it's the first of a planned series.

Most of the content is mild enough for middle schoolers, but a few events with real-world and fantasy violence involving gore, blood, and gruesome imagery make it best for teens and up.

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