Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 10 to 14
- Grade: 5 to 9
Here is the second volume of Margaret Buffie's Watcher's Quest trilogy. Emma's Earth mother, Leto, is dying. Longing to be reunited with her human daughter, Ailla, who was stolen at birth, she has lost her will to live. Emma has pledged to find the missing child and restore order to her adopted family's life. But the quest becomes a dangerous race when Emma realizes she isn't the only one searching for Ailla.
About the author
- Winner, Books for The Teen Age List, The New York Public Library
- Winner, Our Choice , Canadian Children’s Book Centre
- Short-listed, Book of the Year for Young People Award, McNally Robinson
- Winner, Young Adult Top Forty Fiction Titles, Pennsylivania School Librarians Association
Buffie invents beautifully imagined worlds, exquisite villains, and a cast of delightfully improbable quest companions. The ending, which is tied up without being strangled, intriguingly raises as many questions as it answers.
In this sequel to The Watcher, Emma has been transported to Argadnel, an island kingdom where her changeling sister, Summer, is now the queen. An appended glossary of characters and place names will help readers keep track of the enormous cast, and early chapters explain the events from the first novel in the Watcher’s Quest trilogy. Buffie’s ability to keep the story moving without a lag in the action also helps this book to stand on its own. A welcome choice for fantasy buffs.
The characters have depth and complex motivations, keeping the protagonist and readers guessing about who her true friends may be,? this is a good choice for sophisticated fantasy readers, with a strong appeal for gaming fans looking for a darker, more complex story?