Amazon Suggested Age: 9-12
How about a bookish post again.😅
Synopsis: To keep the family safe. Min’s mother insists that none of them use any fox-magic, such as Charm or shape-shifting. They must appear human at all times. Mill feels hemmed in by the household rules and resents the endless chores, the cousins who crowd her, and the aunties who judge her. She would like nothing more than to escape Jinju, her neglected, dust-ridden, and impoverished planet. She’s counting the days until she can follow her older brother, Jun, into the Space Forces and see more of the Thousand Worlds.
When word arrives that Jun is suspected of leaving his post to go in search of the Dragon Pearl, Min knows something it wrong. Jun would never desert his battle cruiser, even for a mystical object rumored to have tremendous power. She decides to run away to find him and clear his name.
Min’s quest will have her meeting gamblers, pirates, and vengeful ghost. It will involve deception, lies, and sabotage. She will be forced to use more fox-magic than ever before, and rely on all of her cleverness and bravery. The outcome may not be what she had hoped, but it has the potential to exceed her wildest dreams.
Thoughts/Review: I was surprised that I actually finished this book. No, not cause the story was that terrible. Rather, I rarely rent library books, the last one I had took me 2 months to read and I only read just 5 chapters. I finally returned it after many renewals. I just had to many books of mine own to read. But I actually finished this book!
This is the very first “Rick Riordan Presents” book I’ve ever read. I’ve read plenty of books written by Rick Riordan, but never one that he presents. So, I figured why not. Better now then never.
I wasn’t disappointed with this book. Min’s story was extremely fun to read, and if I could go back and reread it again for the first time, I totally would! I enjoyed learning of Min’s heritage and just exactly what fox’s are capable of. Her family would end up driving me crazy. So, I can relate to Min and wanting to get away from them by joining the Space Forces.
I was curious what exactly happened to her brother, Jun. Was he really a deserter or was there more to the story? And if you did desert the Pale Lighting then why? What was the reason behind it? So, Min runs away trying to clear her brother’s name…and gets into quite a bit of trouble here and there.
What makes Min and her kind so unique is the fact they shape-shift is pretty cool, and the Charm. That’s pretty awesome. However, I don’t ever want to be on the receiving end of that stuff.
I found the ghost in this book very interesting, about just as interesting as Min and her heritage. The ghost are not what I expected them to be, but I loved how the author wrote about them.
The cover is stunning and the story itself took me to a whole another world.😉 Min made some friends, learned a few things not just spaceships but things about her family as well. I loved the ending. Not what I expected, but really good. I was grinning and feeling so happy for Min by the end of this book.
If you like Star Wars I say give this book a try. Some parts honestly reminded me of that Fandom. If you’re not a fan of that, then I hope you’re a fan of outer space, futuristic tech, other worlds, and even space ships. You’re going to be reading a lot about that stuff.
~Till the next chapter~