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The Missing of Clairedelune: The Mirror Visitor Quartet, Book 2

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Michael Berry, Common Sense Media
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Ophelia dives into court intrigue in intricate fantasy saga.

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Educational Value

Raises question about politics and how family dynamics affect them. It might foster discussion of fictional world-building and how authors devise detailed settings for their stories. This volume also addresses questions of theology.

Positive Messages

It doesn't pay to underestimate people who seem shy and awkward but may actually possess hidden talents. Even among the most ruthless social circles, there are people who'll offer kindness and compassion. Every person is in control of his or her destiny.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Ophelia is clumsy, shy, awkward, but also fiercely intelligent. She learns to stand up for herself and refuses to be a pawn for anyone else. Her fiancé, Thorn, seems to grow more sensitive and empathetic.

Violence

There are a couple of violent scenes, but they are minor and not likely to disturb readers. Someone tries to push Ophelia from a great height. In a climactic battle, she and Thorn are wounded.

Sex

Ophelia and various supporting characters say openly that her engagement to Thorn is for breeding purposes only. However, the two of them seem to be developing a more romantic relationship by the end of the volume.

Language

A handful of uses of "damn," "hell," and "bastard."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

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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Teen, 14 years old Written byClassical101 June 16, 2019

A great sequel to the adventure

This is a great second book to the Mirror Visiter Quartet, and even though it was originally French, it has been translated well. I would say that anybody who w... Continue reading

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?

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