Comet Rising (Shadow Weaver, #2)
Something is very wrong with the sky...Emmeline and Lucas are safe from Lady Aisling and her soldiers for the time being. The only thing that mars their peaceful life is Emmeline's former shadow, Dar. Still shut in her cage, she constantly tries to manipulate Emmeline to set her free.Then one night the Cerelia Comet, the reason for their magical abilities, returns... Twelve years too early. The return of the comet can only mean one thing, Lady Aisling has a sky shaker under her control and is hoping for a new batch of talented children to add to her collection.Emmeline and Lucas journey to find other talented children who can help in the fight against Lady Aisling. But when Dar escapes, and the two friends realize many of the children they seek have already been taken, it's clear the sky shaker might be the least of their worries.The thrilling conclusion to MarcyKate Connolly's Shadow Weaver duology follows Emmeline and Lucas as they face the darkness that has shadowed their lives.

Comet Rising (Shadow Weaver, #2) Details

TitleComet Rising (Shadow Weaver, #2)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJan 1st, 2019
PublisherSourcebooks Jabberwocky
ISBN-139781492649984
Rating
GenreChildrens, Middle Grade, Fantasy

Comet Rising (Shadow Weaver, #2) Review

  • Mischenko
    January 1, 1970
    We read Shadow Weaver last year and really enjoyed it, so we were excited to get into the sequel, Comet Rising. Even though I requested this from NetGalley and was approved, we also bought a copy for our home library.The second book starts right where the first left off. Emmeline is living with Lucas and his parents. Everyone seems to be safe from evil Lady Aisling for the time being. Dar (Emmeline’s former shadow and best friend) is safely locked away in a cage and everything seems to be settl We read Shadow Weaver last year and really enjoyed it, so we were excited to get into the sequel, Comet Rising. Even though I requested this from NetGalley and was approved, we also bought a copy for our home library.The second book starts right where the first left off. Emmeline is living with Lucas and his parents. Everyone seems to be safe from evil Lady Aisling for the time being. Dar (Emmeline’s former shadow and best friend) is safely locked away in a cage and everything seems to be settled down, until Dar tries to convince Emmeline to release her from her cage. Dar knows something dangerous is coming and wants to keep everyone safe, but Emmeline and Lucas still don’t trust her, and they think she’s lying. That evening, they notice something in the sky and believe it to be the Cerelia Comet-the sole reason for their magical powers.Something brilliant sails across the night sky–pure white light, almost like one of Lucas’s orbs, with a long tail that sparkles like stardust trailing after it. As it passes over, tiny specks of light fall to the earth, dusting the ocean and the forest far beyond.The comet wasn’t supposed to return for twenty-five years and they know it has something to do with Lady Aisling. What is she up to now? Somehow Lady Aisling has a sky shaker involved which holds the potential to disrupt the entire universe, and it’s going to be up to Emmeline and Lucas to get to the bottom of it. They’re going to have to protect the other children with magic abilities from being taken by Lady Aisling. Will they finally defeat her once and for all? Will Dar finally be able to gain back Emmeline’s trust?We enjoyed this sequel to Shadow Weaver. The plot is interesting and the author does an excellent job adding in just enough detail to keep you wanting more. The characters are written well and we loved all the teamwork between Lucas and Emmeline–they always have each other’s back. We thought this book was a little darker than the first which was totally fine. I liked the way the ending was wrapped up. I’m all for happy endings, even though it was a little abrupt and too good to be true, although I’m sure children will overlook that anyway. It was just nice to finally get an idea of how Lady Aisling’s magic worked and to discover what her plan was. The epilogue was perfect and I appreciated that there was some closure with Emmeline’s parents.We enjoyed both books and wish there could be a third. Just look at the these beautiful, stunning covers! The cover for Shadow Weaver is what originally pulled us in. Overall, this is a wonderful middle-grade duology. If you like middle-grade fantasy, give these a try. We’re looking forward to reading more by this author.4****Thanks to NetGalley for sharing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinions.Age Range: 8 – 14 yearsGrade Level: 3 – 9Series: Shadow Weaver (Book 2)Hardcover: 304 pagesPublisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky (January 1, 2019)Language: EnglishISBN-10: 1492649988ISBN-13: 978-1492649984You can also see this review @ www.readrantrockandroll.com
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  • Laurie
    January 1, 1970
    Interest Level: 3-6What would you do if you thought you were safe from the enemy that tried to kidnap you, only to find out that she was a lot closer than you thought and your safety is in danger? Emmeline is now staying with Lucas and his parents since she has run away from home. All seems safe right now, especially since they are hidden from Lady Aisling, the evil woman who kidnaps children for their talents. Emmeline is a shadow weaver and Lucas is a light singer. Lady Aisling wants their tal Interest Level: 3-6What would you do if you thought you were safe from the enemy that tried to kidnap you, only to find out that she was a lot closer than you thought and your safety is in danger? Emmeline is now staying with Lucas and his parents since she has run away from home. All seems safe right now, especially since they are hidden from Lady Aisling, the evil woman who kidnaps children for their talents. Emmeline is a shadow weaver and Lucas is a light singer. Lady Aisling wants their talents very bad. The other good thing they have going for them is that Emmeline's once shadow, now human "friend" Dar is locked in an escape-proof cage in the attic. Despite her endless tricks and mind games to get away, she is safely tucked away so that she can not cause anyone harm. Everything seems fine until one night the comet that gives these magical abilities shoots across the sky twelve years too early. They know this is the evil workings of Lady Aisling to gain more talents. The problem is, when the comet gets off course it will affect all of the celestial beings to change course, and that is not good. They know they need to defeat Lady Aisling so they go in search of other children with talents to help go into battle with them, only to find that Lady Aisling has taken each one before they can get to them. In the meantime, Dar has escaped. Will she use her powers for good or evil? Will Emmeline and Lucas be able to battle and defeat Lady Aisling by themselves? Will they be able to find the sky shaker and set things right before the sun, moon, and stars collide? Or will Lady Aisling get to them first and have all of the talents for herself? Do not miss this exciting, action-packed finale in the Shadow Weaver series.Follow me:Blog - Blazer Tales - https://blazertales.com/Facebook - Laurie’s Library Place - https://www.facebook.com/LauriesLibra...Instagram - laurieslibrary - https://www.instagram.com/laurieslibr...Twitter - @laurieevans27 https://twitter.com/laurieevans27?lan...Goodreads - Laurie Purser - https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/1...Pinterest - https://www.pinterest.com/auburngirl2...YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCulD...
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  • Carina Olsen
    January 1, 1970
    This second book was a pretty exciting conclusion to a stunning middle grade duology. I have enjoyed reading these two books a whole bunch. And I simply love this author. She is awesome. Though I liked this final book a whole bunch, I sadly didn't love it like I wanted to. So I'm giving it three stars. But positive stars.As there were parts of this second book that I liked very much. I only wish that there was more of certain things. Sigh. And I wish the ending had been longer. But despite that, This second book was a pretty exciting conclusion to a stunning middle grade duology. I have enjoyed reading these two books a whole bunch. And I simply love this author. She is awesome. Though I liked this final book a whole bunch, I sadly didn't love it like I wanted to. So I'm giving it three stars. But positive stars.As there were parts of this second book that I liked very much. I only wish that there was more of certain things. Sigh. And I wish the ending had been longer. But despite that, I so much enjoyed reading this story. And I adore these characters tons. Getting to know how everything ended for Emmeline and Lucas was great.And oh, how much I love the covers for these two books. They are simply gorgeous. And so fitting with the story too. I shall not share all that much about this book, only a few of my thoughts about it, what I liked, and what I had a few issues with. This one is told from the point of view of Emmeline as well. It has been a few months since the end of book one, and Emmeline has been living with Lucas and his parents since then. She is doing great. And I loved that so very much. Lucas and his parents are treating her the very best, and I adored reading about their friendship. I loved that Emmeline got to be happy with them. This does not last. Lady Aisling is still hunting for them. And she has found them now. Lucas's parents get taken and they have to run away.This book is mostly about that. Emmeline and Lucas on the run from the bad people. From the Lady that would capture them and steal away their magic, to use it as her own. While they are escaping, they are also looking for ways to save the parents. And other children taken captive. There are new characters to get to read about, which I mostly enjoyed. We get to learn more about the story of these books too, more about Dar's past as well. Which I liked a whole bunch too. I loved learning new things about everything.I will not share too much about this book. Only that I liked the plot a whole lot. While I had issues with a few things, I had no trouble at all getting lost in this story. And adoring Emmeline and Lucas. Sigh. I loved reading about the magic parts, about the different powers some people had. It was interesting. I wish the villain had been a bit more creepy, to be honest, but she was still pretty good, haha. The writing was good as well. So enjoyed reading this story about Emmeline and Lucas and their strange and wonderful magic.The ending confused me a bit, to be honest. It ended way too fast, honestly. The big fight at the end was mostly good, and I enjoyed how everything ended with that. Not perfect, but was awesome to read about even so. But then the ending with Emmeline's parents. I didn't understand that at all. They treated her so badly for so many years. There is no way their feelings had changed. So yeah. I am a little disappointed about that, and so confused about what where some people will live after this book ended. Wanted more.But even so. The ending was good. And I was happy with it all. Just wishing there had been more. And gosh, how I wish there had been more of Lucas in this book. I felt like there was too little of him, and more focus on the new characters. I missed reading about only Emmeline and Lucas hanging out and having fun. Would have loved to see more quiet time with just the two of them. Still. Lucas was adorable in this second book too, and I cannot help but love him very much. I also did adore the new characters. Mostly.Parts of this book reminded me about MarcyKate's first book, Monstrous. With the people getting turned into flowers. Which was pretty great, yet also a bit heartbreaking, remembering how that first book ended. Ack. If you have not read any of these books by MarcyKate yet, then you really should get moving. Since they are all awesome and worth reading. I cannot wait to read all her upcoming books too. They shall be so good. Comet Rising was for the most part an excellent ending to a great duology. I enjoyed it so much.---This review was first posted on my blog, Carina's Books, here: https://carinabooks.blogspot.com/2018...
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  • Pop Bop
    January 1, 1970
    A Crisp, Fast Paced, Well Told AdventureThis book starts out a bit on the dreamy side in terms of scene setting, and then takes off. It's a sequel and part of that slow start is to allow for some backstory and some catching up for readers new to the series, but once that's out of the way the tale never looks back.The premise is elegant, but simple to grasp, and is at just the right level for a middle grade reader. Some children have special talents, although only one to a customer. The villain's A Crisp, Fast Paced, Well Told AdventureThis book starts out a bit on the dreamy side in terms of scene setting, and then takes off. It's a sequel and part of that slow start is to allow for some backstory and some catching up for readers new to the series, but once that's out of the way the tale never looks back.The premise is elegant, but simple to grasp, and is at just the right level for a middle grade reader. Some children have special talents, although only one to a customer. The villain's talent is the ability to drain away others' talents and to store them away for later use. So, the villain is kidnapping talented kids and stockpiling them, and our two heroes are trying to avoid the villain, rescue the kidnappees, and ultimately defeat the villain. That sounds pretty straightforward, and it is. But the fun is in the details. We end up with a quest and a final confrontation. We have a coming of age tale for the two heroes, (Emmeline, the main character, handles shadow and Lucas manipulates light.). And, we have a wide and varied range of some especially clever and imaginatively presented talents. There is a lot of lurking and hiding and searching as our heroes try to track down the villain while avoiding capture. These bits are ripping and suspenseful. There are moments of doubt and fear and resolve, and they are handled gracefully. As to the talents, they pop up regularly, as the heroes come across characters who help them or thwart them or guide them, so you have a new talent angle almost every few pages. All of this is helped by the fact that the writing is brisk and economical. And I mean that as praise. We always get enough description to know where we are, who is who, and what's going on, But when we run away, we just run away. We don't spend two pages falling over every root and being struck by every branch. Dialogue is similarly crisp and to the point. The writing isn't padded out or showy. It is effective and keeps the narrative on track and driving forward. Chapters are short, and almost always end with a mild line or two that gives the reader a bit of a pause before the next chapter dives in again. For a middle grade book with a lot of characters, fantasy ideas, and moving parts I found this approach effective and rather satisfying.So, this struck me as a solid adventure with some engaging magical elements and a nice bit of suspense. A nice find.(Please note that I received a free advance ecopy of this book without a review requirement, or any influence regarding review content should I choose to post a review. Apart from that I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.)
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  • Nannette Demmler
    January 1, 1970
    ARC provided by Sourcebooks via NetGalley for an honest review. I reviewed the first book in this series, Shadow Weaver, last year. I was excited to pick this one up and spend some more time with Emmeline and Lucas. Plus I really like that cover, it goes with the first one so nicely!Emmeline is a much stronger character in this book. She has grown a lot and understands more about herself and others with talent. She still has a bit of a weak spot when it comes to Dar, but I understood why. She is ARC provided by Sourcebooks via NetGalley for an honest review. I reviewed the first book in this series, Shadow Weaver, last year. I was excited to pick this one up and spend some more time with Emmeline and Lucas. Plus I really like that cover, it goes with the first one so nicely!Emmeline is a much stronger character in this book. She has grown a lot and understands more about herself and others with talent. She still has a bit of a weak spot when it comes to Dar, but I understood why. She is helpful to the other kids she meets with special abilities and is willing to help them learn how to use their gifts to the best of their abilities. She carries a lot of guilt though for some of her acts in the first book, but she comes to accept that she can’t change things, but she can make amends. I love the special friendship she has with Lucas and was glad to see them still together in this book. Their journey together is a good one.Dar is an interesting character, and one you never quite trust. I really think she wanted to help Emmaline and Lucas, but just went about it wrongly. But when they do start to trust her a bit, she comes around and really helps them out. Her shape-shifting is a amazing at times too. We meet some new kids in this book with some very interesting abilities. There is also talk about some other abilities which would make for some interesting stories. There is one friend with no abilities that is worth mentioning, Cary. She is slightly older than Emmeline, but she is fierce in her determination to destroy Lady Aisling and get her brother and parents back. She is a strong ally and a pretty good strategist, but not always the coolest head in the group. We see a lot more of Lady Aisling in this book, and she is a pretty evil villain. She is even willing to destroy the world as long as she is the most powerful being in the end. I really hate the way she manipulates the parents into giving up their kids and what she does with them gives me the shivers. How the kids end up dealing her was smart even though I wasn’t sure it was going to work.Overall a very solid ending to this story. I really like the world that the author has created here. I hope to see more stories from this world. https://elnadesbookchat.com/
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  • Kristiana Sfirlea
    January 1, 1970
    I was thrilled to receive an ARC of COMET RISING through a Twitter giveaway. I've had it on my TBR pile for months and have been waiting eagerly for its release date, so to get an early copy was a huge delight! I enjoyed this book as much as the first one - which is to say, a lot! As with SHADOW WEAVER, the characters and their dynamics are excellent, the pacing makes you never want to stop reading, and the magic of the world is unique and intriguing in its expression. I love how darkness and li I was thrilled to receive an ARC of COMET RISING through a Twitter giveaway. I've had it on my TBR pile for months and have been waiting eagerly for its release date, so to get an early copy was a huge delight! I enjoyed this book as much as the first one - which is to say, a lot! As with SHADOW WEAVER, the characters and their dynamics are excellent, the pacing makes you never want to stop reading, and the magic of the world is unique and intriguing in its expression. I love how darkness and light are both seen as positives - and negatives at times - which dismantles a very tired metaphor for good and evil, particularly in the fantasy genre. I was happy with how MarcyKate Connolly delved deeper into the magical structure of her world, establishing order and categories for talented people. It was great meeting new characters with fun, new takes on common powers in speculative fiction. The expanded cast was just enough - not too many unfamiliar faces that it felt crowded, but just enough that they lent power and complexity to the story. For me, though, what hooked me first in SHADOW WEAVER is the same thing that left me feeling immensely satisfied with COMET RISING: the relationship between Emmeline and Dar. These two have been through all sorts of lies, betrayals, moments of trust, and a constantly seesawing friendship. I've rooted for them from the get-go, hoping to see the maturity, forgiveness, and character growth necessary to make their relationship - so full of beautiful potential - a healthy one. That's what this duology has really been about to me. The story of a girl and her shadow. And they ended up exactly where I hoped they would. That last page, man. All the feels! <3If the Cerelia Comet blessed me with the talent of a sky shaker, I would shake down five perfect stars for this wonderful book. Bravo!
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  • Taylor
    January 1, 1970
    Comet Rising is the stunning sequel to one of the fiercest middle grade fantasy novels today. It has all the charm and grandeur readers experienced in Shadow Weaver, and then some. The story follows Emmeline, a girl who can control shadows and thrives in the night, and her best friend Lucas who controls the sunlight, on their journey to find other children who are Comet-blessed in the hopes of rescuing Lucas’s parents who have been taken by the evil Lady Aisling and who could hopefully put a sto Comet Rising is the stunning sequel to one of the fiercest middle grade fantasy novels today. It has all the charm and grandeur readers experienced in Shadow Weaver, and then some. The story follows Emmeline, a girl who can control shadows and thrives in the night, and her best friend Lucas who controls the sunlight, on their journey to find other children who are Comet-blessed in the hopes of rescuing Lucas’s parents who have been taken by the evil Lady Aisling and who could hopefully put a stop to her evil doings. Lady Aisling poses a huge threat to all who are Comet-blessed. She abducts them and turns them into flowers and plants them in her garden to use and abuse their abilities for her own power-hungry agenda. The more Lady Aisling uses a Comet-blessed child’s power, that child will eventually die. The two friends have an even bigger problem on their hands when Dar, Emmeline’s malicious shadow who is now detached from her, has escaped and is causing chaos and destruction during her own quest for revenge against her sister, who is none other than Lady Aisling herself!With whispers of the adventure readers experienced in The Chronicles of Narnia and the friendship that we felt from reading the Harry Potter series, MarcyKate Connolly weaves a truly remarkable tale that not only touches the hearts of a younger audience but expands to people of all ages.**I was granted early access to read this book in exchange for an honest review!**
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  • Nicole
    January 1, 1970
    "Alone we are powerful, but together, we can do real magic." Comet Rising is the sequel to Shadow Weaver. About two months after the incidents in Shadow Weaver, Emmeline's shadow, Dar, is locked away in the attic. Emmeline and Lucas are gifted with shadow weaving and light singing due to being blessed by the Cerelia Comet at birth. Lady Aisling, a magic eater, is hunting down blessed magical children for her their talents. The Cerelia Comet only comes every 25 years but Dar tells Emmeline the c "Alone we are powerful, but together, we can do real magic." Comet Rising is the sequel to Shadow Weaver. About two months after the incidents in Shadow Weaver, Emmeline's shadow, Dar, is locked away in the attic. Emmeline and Lucas are gifted with shadow weaving and light singing due to being blessed by the Cerelia Comet at birth. Lady Aisling, a magic eater, is hunting down blessed magical children for her their talents. The Cerelia Comet only comes every 25 years but Dar tells Emmeline the comet is coming back again and it's because of Lady Aisling's doing.In Abbacho, Emmeline pretends to be Lucas's sister while she lives with Lucas parents. The family poses as farmers and fishers. After some time, Lady Aisling's guards find the children. Lucas's parents, Alfred and Miranda, create a distraction in order for Emmeline, Lucas and Dar to flee. When Emmeline and Lucas goes into hiding at Alsa's, they learn of other magical abilities that children are blessed with. There are sky shakers, youth keepers, talent takers, memory stealers, life bringers, spot hoppers and other gifted children. Eventually, Emmeline and Lucas befriends other children such as Noah and Pearl who are blessed by the Cerelia Comet. The children battle against the Lady Aisling for their freedom.MarcyKate Connolly creates a world that draws you in from the first page. Comet Rising's pace is much quicker than of Shadow Weaver's. Comet Rising is a fast paced middle grade read full of adventure, magic and darkness. It's dazzling story line will reel readers in. The characters are delightful and their development as characters is strong.Emmeline and Lucas have a healthy friendship which they stay loyal to each other; they can trust one another fully. It sends a positive message for children who read this duology. Dar, however, is someone who is complex. She is hard to trust since she can betray you but at the same time, she helps you when you need help the most. This contrast of friends shows how different people act and view friendship. Connolly shows how some friendships are parasitic while others are symbiotic.Comet Rising is an atmospheric, eerie and dark fairytale with hollow shells and a villain who will do anything to get her way. Be careful when you approach someone. Who knows if they are working for the Lady Aisling. Or you might encounter Lady Aisling in the flesh.
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  • Story Eater
    January 1, 1970
    Emmeline and Lucas are back, and this time they’re on the run from Lady Aisling herself. Comet Rising sets quite the pace compared to its predecessor, Shadow Weaver, and it also sets a different tone. Now, instead of only trying to hide out from her parents and the soldiers coming for her, Emmeline sets out with her friend Lucas to rally help from other talented children in order to defeat Lady Aisling once and for all.I quite liked this sequel; I usually do not favor a sequel over the first in Emmeline and Lucas are back, and this time they’re on the run from Lady Aisling herself. Comet Rising sets quite the pace compared to its predecessor, Shadow Weaver, and it also sets a different tone. Now, instead of only trying to hide out from her parents and the soldiers coming for her, Emmeline sets out with her friend Lucas to rally help from other talented children in order to defeat Lady Aisling once and for all.I quite liked this sequel; I usually do not favor a sequel over the first in a series. Comet Rising went above and beyond Shadow Weaver in many ways. We have more characters, more settings, a bigger-more action-packed quest, and a deeper exploration of who Emmeline is, who her friend Dar was before she met Emmeline, and more of a range of talents from our comet-blessed characters. This one is a definite read for younger (and older) fans of fantasy.Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC, for which I give my own opinion and review.
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  • Jess Macallan
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed this fast-paced sequel to SHADOW WEAVER. It picks up right where book 1 leaves off, and I enjoyed seeing the characters' growth. Emmeline continues to struggle with Dar but wants to do the right thing. Both characters get to showcase their talents throughout the book. I also enjoyed the worldbuilding, different talents, and new characters.I wish readers could have seen more from Lucas as well as a longer ending. I won't give away spoilers, but I would have preferred a little more resol I enjoyed this fast-paced sequel to SHADOW WEAVER. It picks up right where book 1 leaves off, and I enjoyed seeing the characters' growth. Emmeline continues to struggle with Dar but wants to do the right thing. Both characters get to showcase their talents throughout the book. I also enjoyed the worldbuilding, different talents, and new characters.I wish readers could have seen more from Lucas as well as a longer ending. I won't give away spoilers, but I would have preferred a little more resolution between Emmeline and her parents, as well as a hint of the future some characters would have.Overall, I think middle-grade readers will enjoy both books in this series--the pace is quick, the worldbuilding is intriguing, and the characters are engaging.I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Jennifer Kelley
    January 1, 1970
    This book picks up a few months after the events of the first book. Such as exciting as the first, this is a wonderful fantasy for middle grades. It's a bit dark in places.Highly recommend this series!I received an E-ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Ava
    January 1, 1970
    Great way to finish and wrap everything up!!!
  • Kat
    January 1, 1970
    #CometRising #NetGalley
  • Meghan
    January 1, 1970
    I received this book as an advanced reader's copy due to the love our patrons had for Shadow Weaver and I think after reading Comet Rising, they will be definitely pleased. I even had some patrons come up to me and tell me that Lucas and Emmeline (love this name BTW) are their two favorite characters of all time that they have read. The story was packed with adventure, drama, and conflict that is sure to spark young reader's attention. I am thrilled that the sequel was just as good as the first I received this book as an advanced reader's copy due to the love our patrons had for Shadow Weaver and I think after reading Comet Rising, they will be definitely pleased. I even had some patrons come up to me and tell me that Lucas and Emmeline (love this name BTW) are their two favorite characters of all time that they have read. The story was packed with adventure, drama, and conflict that is sure to spark young reader's attention. I am thrilled that the sequel was just as good as the first novel which is why we give it 5 stars!
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