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Twilight of the Elves: The Adventurers Guild, Book 2

By Jan Carr, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Fantasy sequel fueled by action, humor, zombie elves.

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The second book in this fantasy series is slower to spark than the thrilling first book, but it does catch fire, and fans of the wisecracking young adventurers will find their fun. Twilight of the Elves: The Adventurers Guild, Book 2 relies on nonstop action adventure, and quip-filled banter, as did the original -- though oddly, it doesn't hit its stride until about halfway in, when the kids trek out to save the elven city. Before that, the action feels choppier, and like an overlong prelude. Also in the first half, buddies Brock and Zed are estranged, which restricts the banter. Once all the kids team up to unite for the mission, the quips and humor fly, and the story's more fun.

Authors Zack Loran Clark and Nick Eliopulos again use their fictional fantasy world to draw parallels to current events and societal challenges. The elves are refugees, confined to a tent encampment. Some angry citizens consider them aliens, chanting, "Freestone first!" Also, prejudices and divisions among the three kinds of elves parallel racial prejudice. And Zed deals with being multiracial, half-elf, half-human. All of which can spur thought and discussion among readers, allowing them to consider hot-button topics at a comfortable fantasy remove.

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