Zed awoke early the next morning, still groggy from the night’s celebrations. His teeth ached from too much ambrosia. Zed’s mother would pop a kettle if she knew he’d fallen asleep without brushing again, but dental hygiene didn’t factor high among his concerns these days. Just two nights ago, his bedtime routine had involved tugging Liza’s arm out of the jaws of a monster.
I love how TWILIGHT OF THE ELVES, by Zack Loran Clark and Nick Eliopulos, combines the mundane and relatable (like brushing teeth) with magic and exciting adventures. This compelling book is the perfect follow up to the first book in the series. Read my review of THE ADVENTURER’S GUILD, here.
The characters are complex, filled with foibles, yet likable and overflowing with redeeming qualities. The relationships are real and raw and thought provoking. Themes of friendship, belonging, discrimination, romantic love, and identity make this a book that will resonate with all ages.
With a fast paced plot, mystery and magic, this book was incredibly fun to read. Zed’s need to get to know his father, the shadow who wants Brock to spy, the discriminations within the Elven race, the Queen’s secret agenda and more, fill the book with intrigue. Many questions are left unresolved and I can’t wait to read the next book in the series.
What is your favorite middle grade adventure?
Oh, this one sounds good! I just finished reading Brightly Burning by Alexa Donn and it was pretty good. MC is 17, so a bit older than middle grade.
What a great cover! That should draw some readers in. Thanks for the review. I will check this out.
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