With nearly 30 books to her name, Pierce’s trademark style and her growth as an author are in evidence here. She handles mature themes with grace, and tackles tough subjects in an age-appropriate manner.
Rosethorn, Briar and Evvy continue their sojourn with a summons from the Emperor of Yanjing: a cruel, unforgiving and power-hungry emperor with massive armies who scream of danger. Yanjing has been at war with their neighbors for years, and just as they are about to set out for home, the trio discovers that their friends in Gyongxe are about to be invaded. What follows is a harrowing and mystical war that will test their limits. (SCHOLASTIC, Oct., 464 pp., $17.99, HC, ISBN: 9780439842976, 12 & Up)