Mathilde made a dangerous decision to free her Tyssian prisoner-of-war friend when she and the other children were fleeing Faetre at the conclusion of Beautiful Blue World (2016).
That choice has far-reaching consequences in this compelling sequel that begins with Mathilde desperately trying to catch up with the others in the island nation of Eilean, Sofarende’s only ally. There is constant danger for her and for those who risk themselves to help her. Upon rejoining her unit, she finds that her most cherished friendship is in danger of being severed forever. There are new allegiances and duties as the group attempts to gather mapping information that will allow their air force to bomb their own homeland in order to drive out the Tyssians. On a secret mission to Sofarende, Mathilde is made further aware of the pain and horrors of war. LaFleur remains true to the carefully constructed history, language, and characters of the white, alternate Europe-like world created in the earlier work. Mathilde is unforgettable as she narrates her tale in an uncensored stream of consciousness, ever vulnerable, brave, headstrong, compassionate, confused, and always trying to hold on to the values she holds dear. There can be no happy ending, but there is a kind of heart-wrenching separate peace that readers will find comforting.
A deeply moving and powerful condemnation of war’s devastation. (Fiction. 10-14)