These Deadly Prophecies

Putnam. Jan. 2024. 256p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780593524251.
Gr 7 Up–Tang’s fast-paced magical murder mystery is sure to delight fans of fantasy and mystery. Tabatha Zeng, a Chinese American teenager and an apprentice to an infamous sorcerer, has a problem. Her mentor, Julian Solomon, prophesies his death by the hands of his “most beloved.” When Sorcerer Solomon is found dismembered and dead, Tabatha must find out who the murderer is to clear her name from a police investigation. She teams up with the youngest son of the sorcerer, Callum, to solve the murder and find unexpected romance. The investigation goes awry when Callum is accused of the murder and confesses, and Tabatha must use her wits to know who to trust. To complicate matters more, another murder victim is found dead, and Tabatha is given the family’s magical legacy. Who can Tabatha trust when magic can disguise reality? Readers will be eager to find out in this page-turner.
VERDICT Junior high and high school students alike will love the fantastical twists and turns. This novel will be a popular addition to YA collections.

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