The Last Fallen Moon

Rick Riordan Presents. (Gifted Clans: Bk. 2). Jun. 2022. 384p. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781368073141.
Gr 4-8–Despite saving the Mortalrealm in the previous volume, 13-year-old Riley Oh doesn’t feel like a hero. The consequences of her actions rendered the Gom clan of gifted healers powerless. To make matters worse, because of a deal struck with a demon, Riley’s closest friends and parents have no memory of her. But Riley is determined to redeem herself by journeying to the Spiritrealm, home to heaven and hell, to secure for the Goms a new patron deity who can restore their magic. Like most of her plans, this isn’t as easy as she imagined. The Spiritrealm is experiencing issues of its own, and Riley becomes entangled in a much larger conspiracy that threatens the future of both worlds. Healing the damage she’s caused and protecting family and friends is Riley’s main motivation. She carries plenty of guilt and remorse that prevents her from allowing others to help. Through her experiences in the Spiritrealm and discovering an unlikely ally, Riley finds strength in letting in those around her. Diving deeper into Korean mythology, this sequel in the “Gifted Clans” series further expands a richly built world of mythical creatures and divine beings. Many Korean terms and cultural references are included.
VERDICT An enthralling fantasy adventure that never forgets the heart at its core.

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