THE ANTIDOTE by Shelley Sackier

THE ANTIDOTE

Age Range: 13 - 16
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Fee has a secret...a secret that could get her killed, for magic has been outlawed for generations and a mere whisper of her abilities could bring everything crashing down.

After 10 years of quarantine from the rest of the realm thanks to a deadly illness that wiped out most of Fireli’s population, Fee and Crown Prince Xavi are about to be reunited with those outside the castle walls. However, this change leads to more questions than answers: What really caused the disease that killed most of Fireli? What are neighboring Gwyndom’s real intentions toward them? Can Xavi’s betrothed, Princess Quinn, be trusted? Which side will Prince Rye, Xavi’s brother, be on when he returns home? Fee finds herself wrapped up in a mystery and courtly drama that began with her parents. Jumping between flashbacks and present time, the book starts off slowly as readers gain their footing in the world of Aethusa, its folklore and rules; a world that is familiar and yet just foreign enough to make magic believable. The pace picks up quickly, and while the story offers much predicable fantasy fare, there are still some surprises even for longtime fans of the genre. There are few physical descriptions, although some characters are described as fair or blond.

An exciting magical mystery that will have you rooting for your favorites and questioning whom you can trust in this vast cast of characters. (Fantasy. 13-16)

Pub Date: Feb. 5th, 2019
ISBN: 978-0-06-245347-1
Page count: 368pp
Publisher: HarperTeen
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 15th, 2018




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