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Strike the Zither: Kingdom of Three, Book 1

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Epic duology starter is intriguing if a bit uneven.

Book Joan He Fantasy 2022
Colorful illustration of a young woman playing a zither surrounded by flames and arrow shafts.

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Author Joan He has created an intriguing and epic fantasy world that feels full of promise. Strike the Zither has a large cast of well-developed characters, lots of intrigue, and a plot that keeps the pages turning. Teen fantasy fans will enjoy exploring important issues like loyalty, friendship, mortality, family, and more through relatable narrator Zephyr's eyes.

Where the story falls a little short is with world building, particularly the aspects of the immortal world, which some readers may wish was more richly fleshed out, and which could almost be a separate book itself. But with at least one more planned volume, and the story by no means over with, fans will look forward to the next installment.

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