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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that The Missing of Clairedelune is the second volume of an epic fantasy saga by Christelle Dabos, with Ophelia engaged to Thorn and getting tangled in court intrigues. The pacing is slow at the start, but it eventually quickens. There are a few violent scenes, notably a battle that leaves Ophelia and Thorn wounded. Swearing is infrequent, with a handful of "damn," "hell," and "bastard." Sexual content is limited to vague romantic interest.
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What's the story?
As THE MISSING OF CLAIREDELUNE begins, Ophelia suddenly is appointed Vice-storyteller by Farouk, her family's immortal and fairly inscrutable Spirit of the Pole. Engaged to wed the enigmatic Thorn and having received death threats with contradictory warnings, Ophelia must use her powers -- the ability to travel through mirrors and read the history of personal objects -- to keep herself and her fiancé safe. When various important courtiers begin disappearing, the stakes are raised even higher, and Ophelia's investigation may precipitate a genuine act of god.
Is it any good?
When authors know they have more than 2,000 pages to work with, some set a more measured pace, and this intricate fantasy certainly takes its time in moving the story forward. Author Christelle Dabos proves her skill at world-building and continues to reveal a droll sense of humor. Ophelia and Thorn are as charmingly mismatched as ever. Dabos engineers a compelling climax for this installment, and faithful readers will be momentarily satisfied, as long as they understand the next volume may return to an initially pokey pace.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how The Missing of Clairedelune depicts arranged marriages. Why do some cultures prefer that parents pick husbands or wives for their children?
Why are some activities and careers considered to be for men only? How can girls push back against that attitude?
Why do some religions worship a single, omnipotent god, while others have many dieties?
- Author: Christelle Dabos
- Genre: Fantasy
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Great Girl Role Models, Misfits and Underdogs
- Book type: Fiction
- Publisher: Europa Editions
- Publication date: May 7, 2019
- Number of pages: 512
- Available on: Nook, Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, iBooks, App
- Last updated: June 3, 2019
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