When the magical rainforest of Caldera is threatened by a terrible evil, four young animal friends must overcome their differences to save the rainforest from destruction.
Mez, a young, orphaned panther is called to leave her home and join other animals born during the solar eclipse to fight the rising Ant Queen. But even if what the mysterious boa constrictor says is true—that she is one of the shadowwalkers, those born with magical ability—what difference can one young panther with a mottled coat make? During her journey to the Ziggurat of the Sun and the Moon, she is joined by Lima, a bat with healing powers; Rumi, a tree frog who can control the wind; and Gogi, a capuchin monkey with the power of fire. Even though she fears she is ungifted, Mez chooses to fight anyway. But the Ant Queen is not the only foe they must face. The rainforest is full of danger, betrayal, and long-held grudges. While the story is pure fast-paced fantasy, the underlying issues are real. Ignorance among the species, racism, and intolerance of differences are rampant. An author’s note highlights the beauty and importance of the rainforest.
Magic with depth in this new series stunner. (Fantasy. 9-12)