Rather than delving deeply into character motivations and the social context of Shar, this story focuses on plot, which proceeds according to schedule. The premise of Shar is fascinating, and readers may wish there was more information about the city, its people, and its relationships with humans.
Readers will warm to the teenage spunk of energetic and tough Keira, who vows to find a way back to Earth with Daniel. Archon, too, is a complex character, doing his duty as a scientist but unable to ignore the cruelty and paranoia of the city’s leaders, the Guardians. Young readers will enjoy the enchanted ice city, handsome characters, and magical charms of this thrilling YA fantasy.
Takeaway: This magical adventure will satisfy YA fantasy readers who enjoy spunky heroines and fairytale charm.
Great for fans of: Robert J. Crane’s The Girl in the Box series, Skye Malone’s Awakened Fate series.
Design and typography: A
Marketing copy: A-