FICTION

Prosper Redding: The Last Life of Prince Alastor

(Prosper Redding: Bk. 2). 448p. Disney-Hyperion. Feb. 2019. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781484778180.
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Gr 6 Up—Determined to save his sister Prue from the evil witch, Pyra, Prosper has struck a deal with the fiend named Alastor; he will be the fiend's servant for all eternity. Heading to Alastor's home, the Third Realm, Prosper discovers that it isn't just his own family at stake. A force known as the Void is consuming the realm and Pyra claims she can stop it, but at a steep price. Picking up where the first installment left off, the author continues to weave a complex, dark, and comedic tale full of page-turning adventure and plot twists. The mystery of the fate of the realm unfolds slowly enough to build anticipation but doesn't lose readers along the way. The portrayal of the Third Realm is descriptive, vivid, and believable. The characters are well developed, relatable, and draw readers easily into the story.
VERDICT Fans of comedic horror, mystery, fantasy, and adventure who have read the first one will enjoy this sequel. Recommended where the first installment is popular.

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