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The Night Country: The Hazel Wood, Book 2

By Michael Berry, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Tough teen battles dark magic in inventive fantasy sequel.

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Fairy tales aren't just for kids, and this dark, tough, and sometimes disturbing urban fantasy addresses the truths they sometimes hide. Author Melissa Albert structures The Night Country more like a whodunit than The Hazel Wood, and the central mystery is loaded with suspense and foreboding. The chapters recounted from Ellery Finch's perspective are more sedate, but they build to a mystical and still satisfying conclusion. Readers truly need to have finished the first volume to appreciate everything that happens in The Night Country, so don't try to jump into the story without prep. At the end, the stage is set for further adventures, and fans of hard-edged fantasy will be primed for the next installment.

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