The second in the Raven Duet (Trickster’s Girl, 2011) continues the tale of Raven the Trickster and the human partner in his quest to save Earth’s ecology from the destruction unleashed by eco-terrorists.
Sixteen-year-old, car-crazy Jase Mintok is picking up a client for his father’s law firm when he catches the medicine pouch tossed by Kelsa Phillips over the Canada/Alaska border. Almost immediately, he becomes the target of Raven’s enemies, attacked on the trip from the Canadian border to Anchorage. Raven presents himself here as a teenage girl—seductive, controlling and thoroughly irritating—and the developing relationship between her and Jase is awfully good fun. Alaskan geography is very much a part of this story: Its topology is crucial to the final conflict, which takes place on another plane of existence that mirrors the Alaskan forest. Tension mounts steadily as Jase comes closer to filling Raven’s quest. The exciting climax resolves Raven’s needs and helps Jase settle a serious family conflict. Although the two parts of the duet are complete in themselves, readers will be better off tackling these books in order.
Nonstop action, family strife, Pacific Northwest Native mythology and a likable hero combine in an unbeatable combination for fans of the fantastic. (Fantasy. 12 & up)