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In the Serpent's Wake: Tess of the Road, Book 2

By Michael Berry, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Teen deals with trauma on exciting, magical sea voyage.

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The world-building remains impressive, the humor sharp, and the action well-paced in this in this dragon-studded fantasy. In the Serpent's Wake also dives deep into main character Tess' psyche. Author Rachel Hartman concocts a comedy of manners that's actually deadly serious in its anticolonial politics. The characters are diverse, vivid, and unpredictable. Predicaments set up in the first book pay off in the concluding volume. The final chapters offer revelation and resolution. Tess' tale may be over for now, but it will leave fans wanting more.

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