Kessler again effectively creates a powerful story in a short amount of pages in her second Horseman tale, making readers delve deep into the mind of a self-mutilator. Even though some scenarios are unrealistic, this powerful sequel masters another touchy topic beautifully.

Missy has always turned to the blade to heal her pain, but after being humiliated by her ex at a party, she makes one cut too deep. That’s when she’s offered the position of War, one of the Four Horseman of the Apocalypse. Throughout her journey she discovers the deep, painful effects War leaves behind. Now that she wields the blade of suffering, will she have the power to conquer her own self-control? (GRAPHIA, Apr., 288 pp., $8.99, ISBN: 9780547445281, PB, 12 & Up)
Reviewed by: 
Kelly Brennan