Amari is back in the second title in this series. Last year I reviewed AMARI AND THE NIGHT BROTHERS and highly recommended getting to know the engaging protagonist, Amari Peters. The story continues here and I feared there would be a downturn in the likeability of this character and series. Silly me. The continuation of the plot packs the same emotional wallop, and the character arcs for all take some amazing turns.
Readers could sneak into this one without reading the first but you’d miss out having a deeper understanding of each character. References to the first story are many, but it would still be more fulfilling to read them both.
The publisher recommends it for the 8-12 year old. Maybe not every kid in that age group. At over 400 pages Amari is far from light fare for the beginning middle grade reader.
Here’s the Official Synopsis from Harper Collins:
After finding her brother and saving the entire supernatural world, Amari Peters is convinced her first full summer as a Junior Agent will be a breeze.
But between the fearsome new Head Minister’s strict anti-magician agenda, fierce Junior Agent rivalries, and her brother Quinton’s curse steadily worsening, Amari’s plate is full. So when the secretive League of Magicians offers her a chance to stand up for magiciankind as its new leader, she declines. She’s got enough to worry about!
But her refusal allows someone else to step forward, a magician with dangerous plans for the League. This challenge sparks the start of the Great Game, a competition to decide who will become the Night Brothers’ successor and determine the future of magiciankind.
The Great Game is both mysterious and deadly, but among the winner’s magical rewards is Quinton’s last hope—so how can Amari refuse?
Amari’s first person narration is both page turning and full of twists. She’s the type of heroine who could take hold of many more books in the future. In fact the plot here sets up a book three. Fans will be anxiously awaiting.
PAGE COUNT: 432 BOOK BIRTHDAY: August 30, 2022
FIVE MORE THINGS TO LIKE ABOUT: AMARI AND THE GREAT GAME by B.B. Alston
- The magic in the supernatural world is surprising and fresh. You never know what’s coming next.
- The plot surprises you in the climatic end. It’s not what I expected, but great writing does that to a reader!
- Themes of animosity and hatred parallel with the present world. The emotions of each were handled beautifully here.
- The cover. It’s a pick me up vibe that doesn’t disappoint.
- The secondary characters shine and continue to grow and reveal more about their personalities. Best friend Elsie is front and center in that assessment.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
B. B. Alston is the #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Amari and the Night Brothers and Amari and the Great Game. His books have been published in over 30 countries and won numerous awards including being named the Overall Winner of the Barnes & Noble Children’s and YA Book Awards. A major motion picture is currently being developed by Universal.
When not writing, he can be found eating too many sweets and exploring country roads to see where they lead. (For more about the author and his books go here)
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