Stardust in Their Veins

Delacorte. (Castles in Their Bones: Bk. 2). Feb. 2023. 576p. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9780593118207.
Gr 9 Up–Castles in Their Bones sent three princesses to political marriages in three different countries; their mother the empress has now conquered one of them, leaving Beatriz imprisoned in Cellaria and Daphne in a tenuous position in Friv. Firmly a middle book, the plot is full of coded messages, espionage, betrayals, and the world’s mysterious star magic. Daphne must come to terms with her mother’s machinations, while Beatriz tries to get a handle on her magic with help from an unlikely source. Sebastian weaves the story together with a firm handle on pacing and worldbuilding, placing twists and turns throughout as characters leave their assigned countries. Exciting events are on the horizon for the final installment.
VERDICT A fun political fantasy that fans will be happy to have. Recommended for purchase.

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