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THE INVASION

From the Call series , Vol. 2

After surviving the Call to the Grey Land and the attempted fairy invasion (The Call, 2016), Anto and Nessa hope to escape the limelight and live a quiet life together in the countryside, but the Irish government has other ideas.

Fourteen-year-old Anto is drafted into a military unit known only as the infestation squad, while Nessa is labeled a traitor to the nation and imprisoned. Cut off from the rest of the world, Ireland has been struggling with a crumbling infrastructure and limited provisions. But for the citizens, the worst is the certainty that at some point during adolescence, all will be called to try and survive for a day in the land of the Sídhe. But the brutal fairies have found a way to travel to Ireland and finally retake it for themselves. Nessa, disabled by polio but blessed by her fireproof skin, is forced to fight again. Anto must face his own demons as he struggles to master his Sídhe-given arm. The action is blood-soaked and brutal, but the angst-filled love story of teens torn apart by war is life-affirming. While the cast is all Irish, it is ethnically, spiritually, and sexually diverse. Students and faculty are South Asian and French. Soldiers are black and Asian. Characters profess to be Christians, atheists, and Celts. One character, Aoife, is openly gay.

Nonstop action, horrific magic, and teen love. (Fantasy/horror. 14-18)

Pub Date: March 27, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-338-04562-8

Page Count: 336

Publisher: David Fickling/Scholastic

Review Posted Online: March 18, 2018

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Powerful, captivating, and raw—Adeyemi is a talent to watch. Exceptional

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CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE

From the Legacy of Orisha series , Vol. 1

Seventeen-year-old Zélie and companions journey to a mythic island seeking a chance to bring back magic to the land of Orïsha, in a fantasy world infused with the textures of West Africa.

Dark-skinned Zélie is a divîner—someone with latent magical abilities indicated by the distinctive white hair that sets them apart from their countrymen. She saves Princess Amari, who is on the run from her father, King Saran, after stealing the scroll that can transform divîners into magic-wielding maji, and the two flee along with Zélie’s brother. The scroll vanished 11 years ago during the king’s maji genocide, and Prince Inan, Amari’s brother, is sent in hot pursuit. When the trio learns that the impending solstice offers the only chance of restoring magic through a connection to Nana Baruku, the maternal creator deity, they race against time—and Inan—to obtain the final artifact needed for their ritual. Over the course of the book allegiances shift and characters grow, change, and confront traumas culminating in a cliffhanger ending that will leave readers anxiously awaiting the next installment. Well-drawn characters, an intense plot, and deft writing make this a strong story. That it is also a timely study on race, colorism, power, and injustice makes it great.

Powerful, captivating, and raw—Adeyemi is a talent to watch. Exceptional . (Fantasy. 14-adult)

Pub Date: March 6, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-250-17097-2

Page Count: 544

Publisher: Henry Holt

Review Posted Online: Feb. 5, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15, 2018

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Busy, busy, busy…with portents of doom.

CHAIN OF GOLD

From the Last Hours series , Vol. 1

Clare’s (Ghosts of the Shadow Market, 2019, etc.) latest is set in the Shadowhunter world in the 20th century’s first decade (with frequent flashbacks to the previous one).

Teenage offspring of the Herondales, Carstairs, Fairchilds, and other angel-descended Nephilim continue their families’ demon-fighting ways amid a round of elegant London balls, soirees, salons, picnics, and romantic intrigues. James Herondale, 17-year-old son of Will and Tessa, finds himself and his “perfectly lethal dimple” hung up between two stunning new arrivals: Cordelia Carstairs, red-haired Persian/British wielder of a fabled magic sword, and Grace Blackthorn, an emotionally damaged but (literally, as the author unsubtly telegraphs) spellbinding friend from childhood. Meanwhile, a sudden outbreak of demonic attacks that leave more and more Shadowhunters felled by a mysterious slow poison plunges James and a cohort of allies into frantic searches for both a cause and an antidote. Ichor-splashed encounters with ravening boojums and even one of hell’s own princes ensue—all leading to final hints of a devastating scheme to destroy the Nephilim in which James himself is slated to play a central role. Characters have a range of skin tones, but ethnic diversity adds no texture to the portrayals; there is a lesbian cousin who wears traditionally male clothing and two young gay men (one tortured, the other less so).

Busy, busy, busy…with portents of doom. (Fantasy. 14-18)

Pub Date: March 3, 2020

ISBN: 978-1-4814-3187-3

Page Count: 624

Publisher: McElderry

Review Posted Online: Jan. 23, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15, 2020

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