|Katherine Tegen Books|
Jinx survived the Bonemaster and his Urwald magic seems to have strengthened from the encounter. He has promised the trees he will get the Terror, Reven, out of the woods and back to his kingdom. Reven and Jinx are accompanied by Elfwyn, who still suffers from her curse. Reven enters his former home, and he hopes soon to be kingdom, and turns his back on Jinx and the Urwald. Jinx is furious at Reven's lack of support over stopping the killing of the trees and Elfwyn sides with Reven. Jinx goes back to the Urwald and finds out Simon is intent on stopping the Bonemaster and sends Jinx to Samaria and Sophie, so that Jinx will be safe. Jinx is to become a Scholar, but the Scholars abhor magic, so he must hide his true self from his new friends and from those in Samaria. Jinx finds out both Sophie and Simon are in trouble and he doesn't know how to help them. Jinx realizes he may have to expose the Urwald in order to save the two people who are like his parents. Meanwhile there is a prophecy about him and he is completely unaware of it.
The end is not necessarily a cliffhanger ending, but some parts of the story are unresolved. I enjoyed this one almost as much as the first and I like seeing Jinx become a stronger although not quite adept wizard and to see him finding his own way. I enjoy Blackwood's world building and you can't help rooting for the Urwald. (No pun intended ;) ). I can't wait until the next installment.
Favorite Character: Jinx. He makes huge mistakes, especially when reporting others' emotions, but he gives second chances and he is loyal to his friends.
Favorite Quotes: I like the humor and simple wisdom of Blackwood's writing.
"People will believe you are who you pretend to be...as long as you don't give them any reason not to believe it."
"Anything that starts with 'if I had' is always a waste of time. The question is, what are you going to do now?"
There are some really funny parts and really dark parts to the story. The characters are flawed and make mistakes, but they are likeable. This is a great junior fiction series. 5 cups of cocoa!