• "Applegate effortlessly constructs her fantasy world, briskly moving readers through its imaginative details while creating winning, unique characters... A bracing, propulsive read that will be a challenge to keep on the shelf."

    Booklist (starred review)
  • "A sweeping fantasy epic for the middle grade set that will have readers clamouring for a follow-up"

    starred review, School Library Journal
  • "Readers will fall in love with Byx and race with her through Nedarra, breathless and eager, thinking deeply all the way"

    New York Times
  • "The gripping first instalment of Applegate’s new fantasy trilogy assembles a motley crew in a suspenseful, tautly drawn quest."

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)
  • "Applegate skillfully builds a fully realized world of intrigue and wonder without ever letting up on the story’s quick pace. A savvy choice for readers of fantasy."

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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