Thanks to NetGalley and Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers.
Release Date: August 30th, 2016
Synopsis: After joining forces with the magical Nightsiders and surviving a trip to the enemy Bugs Hive ship, Milo Silk still has a lot to fear.
The Huntsman has pledged a revenge worse than death on Milo, a group of nefarious fairies are bent on taking back Earth, and zombie-like holo-men are trapping humans for the Bugs to take. Even more unsettling is that the Witch of the World has disappeared and a mysterious boy is haunting Milo’s dreams in her stead. But none of these threats compare to what may happen to the world if the humans and the Nightsiders don’t unite to fight for each other.
Vault of Shadows is the follow-up to last years The Orphan Army, and does a great job at further developing its world and characters, even though it doesn’t do much to actually move the story forward. Eleven-year-old Milo Silk continues to be a character that will appeal to tweens, especially as readers get a personal glimpse into his fears and dreams through his “Dream Diary”. The story is exciting and action-packed, featuring everything from magical beings, to zombies, to holo-men, and alien villains. Underscoring all the excitement are the questions regarding the morality and cost of war, which Milo and his friends grapple with continuously. The importance of books and the powerful effects from reading are also emphasized throughout the story, which adds to its appeal. Vault of Shadows and its predecessor are must haves for any library collection, and will be particularly helpful to teachers looking for a book that will appeal to reluctant readers. I’m definitely looking forward to the next installment!
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