The Unready Queen

Algonquin. (The Oddmire: Bk 2). Jun. 2020. 272p. Tr $16.95. ISBN 9781616208400.
Gr 6 Up–Tinn and Cole have returned from their journey to Oddmire. Unfortunately, returning to “normal” has proven more difficult than they thought. Fable looks at these two boys as her only true friends and, as the daughter of the Queen of the Deep Dark, she must convince her mother to allow her to visit them. The Queen relents, on the condition that Fable make every effort to conceal her magic and, in the words of the Queen, “keep quiet.” Fable finds this a difficult task, however, as she and the boys learn that the people of Endsborough have begun destroying the Wild Wood and the magical creatures who live there, and are doing so for a very sinister reason. Fable struggles to keep quiet in light of this discovery and, as a fragile and unspoken truce begins to crumble, she and her mother begin inching toward the fulfillment of a deadly prophecy. In another brilliantly written visit to Oddmire, Ritter returns to an already magical place filled with danger and intrigue, and adds a new chapter to an outstanding series.
VERDICT Those who loved book one will adore book two. A wonderful addition to the series and to young fantasy collections.

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