by MarcyKate Connolly
My thoughts on this book:
We read Shadow Weaver last year and really enjoyed it, so we were excited to get into the sequel, Comet Rising. Even though I requested this from NetGalley and was approved, we also bought a copy for our home library.
The second book starts right where the first left off. Emmeline is living with Lucas and his parents. Everyone seems to be safe from evil Lady Aisling for the time being. Dar (Emmeline’s former shadow and best friend) is safely locked away in a cage and everything seems to be settled down, until Dar tries to convince Emmeline to release her from her cage. Dar knows something dangerous is coming and wants to keep everyone safe, but Emmeline and Lucas still don’t trust her, and they think she’s lying. That evening, they notice something in the sky and believe it to be the Cerelia Comet-the sole reason for their magical powers.
Something brilliant sails across the night sky–pure white light, almost like one of Lucas’s orbs, with a long tail that sparkles like stardust trailing after it. As it passes over, tiny specks of light fall to the earth, dusting the ocean and the forest far beyond.
The comet wasn’t supposed to return for twenty-five years and they know it has something to do with Lady Aisling. What is she up to now? Somehow Lady Aisling has a sky shaker involved which holds the potential to disrupt the entire universe, and it’s going to be up to Emmeline and Lucas to get to the bottom of it. They’re going to have to protect the other children with magic abilities from being taken by Lady Aisling. Will they finally defeat her once and for all? Will Dar finally be able to gain back Emmeline’s trust?
We enjoyed this sequel to Shadow Weaver. The plot is interesting and the author does an excellent job adding in just enough detail to keep you wanting more. The characters are written well and we loved all the teamwork between Lucas and Emmeline–they always have each other’s back. We thought this book was a little darker than the first which was totally fine. I liked the way the ending was wrapped up. I’m all for happy endings, even though it was a little abrupt and too good to be true, although I’m sure children will overlook that anyway. It was just nice to finally get an idea of how Lady Aisling’s magic worked and to discover what her plan was. The epilogue was perfect and I appreciated that there was some closure with Emmeline’s parents.
We enjoyed both books and wish there could be a third. Just look at the these beautiful, stunning covers! The cover for Shadow Weaver is what originally pulled us in. Overall, this is a wonderful middle-grade duology. If you like middle-grade fantasy, give these a try. We’re looking forward to reading more by this author.
Thanks to NetGalley for sharing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinions.
- Age Range: 8 – 14 years
- Grade Level: 3 – 9
- Series: Shadow Weaver (Book 2)
- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky (January 1, 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1492649988
- ISBN-13: 978-1492649984
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