In the Serpent’s Wake

Random. Feb. 2022. 512p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781101931325.
Gr 7 Up–In this sequel to Tess of the Road, aspiring naturalist Tess goes on a quest to find the last World Serpent, which has a magical ability to heal her best friend, Pathka. Hartman uses multiple points of view to drive the plot, while introducing new characters in this fantasy novel, many based in folklore. There are themes of Indigenous sovereignty and colonialism in this story. Accompanying Tess is Spira, a dragon that can only take the human form; Marga, a young explorer who is described as having brown skin; and Jacomo, a spiritual guide. Tess is also dealing with trauma from her assault in the previous book. The back matter contains a glossary and cast of characters.
VERDICT Readers looking for a strong-built fantasy world will not be disappointed; however, those who enjoy action-driven fantasy or clear strong endings may be disappointed.

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