Winter Glass

352p. HarperCollins/HarperTeen. Apr. 2018. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780062440907.
Gr 8 Up—Sisters Aurora and Isabelle continue down dangerous paths in this plot-packed sequel to Spindle Fire. Aurora, awakened from the sleeping enchantment that trapped her in Sommeil, discovers that Sommeil's residents have been pushed out of their world and into hers. Determined to save them, Aurora abdicates her throne and forms a tentative alliance with Wren to find and save the Sommeilians. Meanwhile, Isabelle takes up Aurora's mantle as Queen and thrusts herself into uniting Deluce and Aubin, galvanizing recruits to fight in the war against evil faerie Malfleur. As she learns what it means to lead her kingdom, Isbe discovers that responsibility comes with both love and pain. Aurora and Isbe represent young women forging their own destinies while experiencing the joy, confusion, and heartbreak that defines one's coming of age. Isbe loves Prince William, but love doesn't detract from the deep bond she shares with Aurora. She recognizes their relationship as one of many elements that define her, and provides a strong, compelling role model for young women looking to balance their own desires. Aurora's time with Wren quickly stokes a realization about the nature of their relationship, and what Aurora hopes it can become. The thoughtful portrait of these women combines with fast-paced action, mystery, and magic, and readers will be hooked.
VERDICT This tale of romance, fantasy, and self discovery makes a worthy choice for libraries.

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