In a magical world threatened by darkness, two sisters continue their quest to restore peace in this second installment of Benko’s debut series.
On the Sorrowful Plains, Claire Martinson awoke the last unicorn in Arden from its 300-year imprisonment in stone. Although the unicorn’s magic healed Claire’s sister, Sophie, Arden remains plagued with danger. War threatens the four magical guilds whose powers dwindle year by year. The guilds struggle to protect their people from wraiths that haunt the night. Claire and Sophie carry with them a necklace that might be their only hope to bring back more unicorns, but they are surrounded by enemies and have no training to unlock the magic that could save Arden. Despite their newfound royal ancestry, both Claire and her seemingly confident sister battle their own secret insecurities, and the tension between them grows throughout the story. As Arden’s unicorn legends resurface along the journey, Claire and Sophie discover repeating themes from the past to guide them forward. Plot twists and a cliffhanger ending offer an enticing incentive to continue the series.
Picking up in the midst of danger that never withdraws, this continuation dives deeper into the mysterious legends that make Arden magical. (Fantasy. 8-12)