Silver Bounty

Enclave Escape. (The Royal Rose Chronicles: Bk. 2). Jan. 2023. 320p.
Gr 7 Up–Oathbound was a seafaring adventure full of magic, romance, and piracy that ended with a cliff-hanger, where this sequel picks up. When Emme accidentally takes out the wrong target, not even her friends can keep her safe. As the betrayals pile up, Emme learns the adage is true: you can never trust a pirate. Emme has a mission to finish before the Oathbinding kills her—or her illness does—and it’ll take all her considerable seafaring skills to do it. The worldbuilding and magic are further explored, as are the stakes of Emme’s illness, which has been wearing away at her. Emme and Arn, her friend-turned-love-interest, grow as individuals and as a couple through this installment, and additional POV chapters help add stakes to the plot, which is unfortunately rather predictable.
VERDICT A secondary purchase for larger collections, but worth having if patrons enjoyed the first volume.

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