The sequel to Spellcast is an enjoyable and well-paced read, although not quite as well done as the first book — the musical theater segments don’t feel as compelling with Maggie as director instead of as an actor. Maggie continues to be an extremely relatable protagonist, however, and readers looking for a contemporary fantasy could certainly do much worse than to pick up a copy of this book.
Two years after Rowan Mackenzie returned to Faerie, Maggie Graham is the director of the newly non-profit Crossroards Theatre and struggling through a summer stock season with a motley cast composed of contemptuous professionals and confused amateurs. Longing to give the cast the same magic she found at the theatre, Maggie knows that her top priority must be selling as many tickets as possible in order to placate the nonprofit’s president. However, the magic of the Crossroads isn’t so easily banished and Maggie gets caught up in a mystery from her past that she must resolve if she wants to have the happy ending she desires. (DAW, Jun., 448 pp., $7.99)