The Burning Swift

Walker/Candlewick/. (Shadow Skye: Bk. 3). Jan. 2022. 336p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781536207491.
Gr 6 Up–In a mythic Scotland full of magic systems integrated into different cultures and countries, this final installment of the “Shadow Skye” trilogy brings politics front and center as our heroes form connections with allies and enemies alike to stave off the villainous king of Ingland. Agatha, Jaime, and Sigrid all have one final chance to grow into themselves: Agatha is kidnapped and forced onto an individual quest of self discovery, Jaime must grapple with internalized homophobia and his reliance on blood magic, while Sigrid is given a chance to shine with the daring heroics expected of a fantasy climax.
VERDICT Despite the breadth and depth of the politics and worldbuilding, at its heart this series is a coming-of-age story designed to richly reward its readers.

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