Sorrow's Son (Crossroads of Worlds) (Volume 2)
Rene Sears, author
Orphaned during the Savannah Flu, Javier is looking for other spellcasters without knowing if any survived. When he finds a caster named Morgan and her nieces, Igraine and Iliesa, he has to hide the secret of his isolated upbringing, desperate not to alienate the only community he has left. But Igraine and Iliesa have secrets of their own. The wild hunt comes to the mortal world seeking them. Why the Queen of Faerie wants them, no one knows, but no one wants to hang around to find out. Javier flees with them between worlds, finding a rare talent for communicating with fae creatures—though he's sure his father wouldn’t have approved of his new hellhound. A mysterious man claiming to be from his mother's estranged family finds Javier, but does he want to claim the family his mother repudiated? He must choose whether to go to his mother's family or help his new friends—but it may be too late to escape the malevolent gaze of the Queen of Faerie.
The second installment to Sears’s Crossroads of Worlds contemporary fantasy series (after Strangehold) is just as enjoyable as the first. After the events of Strangehold, in which the Savannah Flu devastated the human spellcaster population, Javier, an orphaned 16-year-old spellcaster, searches for fellow human magicians, but he’s afraid of encountering the faeries his dead father loathed. Javier’s loneliness is intensified by the loss of most of the other spellcasters in the world, but he’s befriended by spellcasters Morgan Tenpenny and her teenage twin nieces Igraine and Iliesa. The twins’ father is missing and Javier decides to help them look for him in the faery world, despite his father’s warnings about the unpredictability of faeries. Sears’s prose can capture the imagination (one creature has “a great silver eye whirling gently, faintly chased with blue”), and the unusual settings, such as the ethereal Strangehold, add to an already rich world. Readers will look forward to the next book in the series. (BookLife)