Dark Skies

Tor Teen. (Dark Shores: Bk. 2). May 2020. 480p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781250317766.
Gr 8 Up–An exciting companion to Dark Shores. Lydia, the daughter of a senator from the Celendor Empire, escapes across the Endless Sea to a land thought only to exist in myth. There she meets Killian, a warrior “Marked” by the god of war. After suffering a crushing defeat by the Corruptor, he has sworn to protect the Mudamora princess in exchange for not being executed. Lydia is desperate to find her friend Teriana, one of the few who knows of the existence of both lands, and tell her about a pending invasion. When Lydia is “Marked” by the goddess of healing, she finds herself unable to ignore the injured and ill around her. Both the Empire and the Mudamora Kingdom are facing political upheaval fueled by those looking to increase their power at any cost. Lydia and Killian find themselves in the middle of these power struggles as their paths become more closely intertwined. Jensen expands the world-building from the first novel and introduces new compelling characters who make the prospect of a third installment all the more thrilling.
VERDICT Those who have not read the first book will still enjoy this, as will readers who follow court intrigue and political fantasies. Consider committing to the trilogy.

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