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The Last Fallen Moon: Gifted Clans, Book 2

By JK Sooja, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Solid but not-as-powerful sequel lacks emotional stakes.

Book Graci Kim Fantasy 2022
The Last Fallen Moon: Gifted Clans, Book 2

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This second installment of the Gifted Clan series doesn't quite match the magic of its predecessor. It begins right after the first, but The Last Fallen Moon: Gifted Clans, Book 2 doesn't have as strong a place to go. It doesn't have as much emotional weight and the stakes aren't as high, and while dangerous problems to solve abound, the lack of a real threat dampens the proceedings. Unlike the first book, there isn't that much actual magic that happens, either. With little bursts of action, lots of time is spent world-building and establishing characters. New character Dahl is a welcome addition, but he didn't end up having as much to do as his introduction seemed to indicate.

Some of the first half meanders a bit before discovering an intriguing mystery, but the second half doesn't quite stick the landing. The villain behind everything is vague, it feels like Riley and friends are simply going around picking up the pieces of the aftermath of the first book, and Riley's friends making a "love potion" (to make someone fall in love with someone else) is treated lightly and comically but may feel cringe to some. There's a sense that whatever happens in this second book is only preamble to the real threat that will appear in the third. But it does set up an exciting next installment.

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