Stolen City

Swoon Reads/Feiwel & Friends/. Sept. 2022. 384p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781250795632.
Gr 9 Up–Ever since the city of Leithon fell under Imperial occupation, the Athensor twins have each been flying under the radar—Arian as a skilled and daring thief stealing magical artifacts for the Resistance, and Liam hiding his incredible magical gifts from the Aelrian Empire’s magebreakers. When a mysterious outsider named Cavar hires Arian to steal an artifact capable of ripping the souls from the living—an artifact their late mother was once tasked with safekeeping—the twins quickly become embroiled in court intrigue, family secrets, and their own long-suppressed grief. Bonnin’s sophomore novel is an action-packed fantasy told from the perspectives of multiple well-rounded, realistic characters, each with their own struggles. The author tackles topics of generational trauma and military occupation unflinchingly yet sensitively. The twins present white, while Cavar is described as having black hair and light brown skin. The author has stated one of the characters is autistic.
VERDICT A sure winner for fans of Neal Shusterman, Victoria Aveyard, and Tomi Adeyemi. Recommended purchase.

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