Following Scion of the Fox (2017), Roan struggles with her heritage as a dangerous threat moves against the Families.
Roan, a white girl, has traveled from Canada to Edinburgh to learn what she can of her grandmother’s life and how to keep otherworldly terrors from breaching her world, such as a mysterious sickness that might be darkling-created. She’s guided by flashbacks to her grandmother’s youth, seeing Cecelia not as the powerful Fox Paramount but a responsibility-dodging burlesque performer. She also sees Cecelia’s wife, the other grandmother Roan never knew she had. Meanwhile, Eli, who is white, is attacked and ends up trapped by a powerful force seeking his Calamity Stone; the attacker already has one stone from another Family and has dark plans for them all. Barton, Canadian son of Kenyan immigrants, now out of his wheelchair thanks to new running blades, is stepping up to his new role in the Rabbit Family, while his Indian girlfriend Phae Lakshmi struggles with her place in the supernatural world after her unorthodox adoption into the Deer Family. Action-oriented Inuit Natti accepts a mission that takes her north and will determine the Seals’ involvement in the bubbling conflict. The rewardingly complex mythology is deepened through parallel humanizing themes in the protagonists’ storylines, while game-changing action sequences unleash real consequences in the highly diverse world.
A densely-packed, well-crafted sequel that will leave readers eager for the trilogy’s finale. (Fantasy. 12-adult)