HEART OF THE STORM by Michael Buckley

HEART OF THE STORM

From the "Undertow Trilogy" series, volume 3
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Half-human, half-Sirena white teenager Lyric faces the biggest threat to the world yet in this trilogy closer.

The story jumps timelines by chapters that alternate between a present time and the three months between the present time and the end of Raging Sea (2016). In the present, a shell-shocked Lyric has clearly been through hell but has emerged again from the depths of the ocean, bearing terrible news of a new existential threat, far worse than the Rusalka or Undine. In the three-months-prior storyline, Lyric encounters an intelligent Rusalka who keeps her alive in the face of mad Minerva’s wrath and helps her learn more about Alpha mythology and the magic gloves that tether her to Husk. The alternating storylines don’t always work well together—the present one prevents surprises in the past storyline and unnecessarily prolongs the wait for details on the long-hinted-at threat. Once Lyric reunites with her cast of supporting characters and their land-based enemies start moving, the story picks up. The romantic storyline starts with the love triangle between Lyric and stoic Alpha warrior-prince Fathom and the sweet, hot geek hybrid Riley but then concludes in a way that’s as unexpected as it is satisfying, coinciding with character growth and development.

Despite some pacing hiccups, a series ender packed with action, scary enemies, and satisfying character arcs. (Fantasy. 13 & up)

Pub Date: Feb. 7th, 2017
ISBN: 978-0-544-34867-7
Page count: 320pp
Publisher: HMH Books
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 15th, 2016




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