The Sea of Always Series: Thirteen Witches #2
Published by Simon and Schuster on April 5, 2022
Source: Netgalley Arc
Genres: Juvenile Fiction / Fantasy & Magic, Juvenile Fiction / Mysteries & Detective Stories, Juvenile Fiction / Social Themes / Friendship
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Format: Ebook Arc
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Perfect for fans of Newbery winner The Girl Who Drank the Moon, the adventurous and utterly relatable second book in the haunting and magical Thirteen Witches series from New York Times bestselling author Jodi Lynn Anderson follows Rosie as she hunts the remaining witches.
After twelve-year-old Rosie Oaks’s triumph over a powerful evil witch, a whole new world opened up to her—one full of witches who control many of the experiences that make life worth living and use their dominion to torment people. As the latest in a line of powerful witch hunters, it’s up to Rosie to defeat them. With her loyal friend Germ by her side and her newly created witch-weapon at the ready, Rosie leaves home on a quest to find and vanquish the remaining of the original Thirteen Witches.
With the help of an enchanted time-traveling whale, Rosie travels through the depths of the sea and across vast distances as she seeks to fulfill her destiny. The lives of those she loves hang in the balance and her skills are put to the ultimate test as Rosie digs deep for the strength to complete her quest. But can one girl hope truly hope to eliminate forces that have been at work for centuries?
This book, and the entire “Thirteen Witches” series, struck me as an excellent middle ground, with a feisty and self-aware heroine, a well-imagined magical world, an engaging cast of supporting characters, and a surprising amount of rueful and ironic humor. These books are so much more than just wand-waving adventures and reward the reader with a tremendous and knowing understanding of tween girls. The magical peril and adventure are just a bonus. What made this series stand out to me among all the other magical middle-grade adventures is this second book where a time-traveling whale is introduced. Also, we get a 3rd main character to aid in the battle against the witches and the creative way they attempt to trap the witches to end them. Thirteen witches series will be a delight for any middle-grade reader.