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Money Jane
T.K. Riggins, author
In the sequel to How to Set the World on Fire, Kase Garrick continues his training at The Academy to achieve his dream of becoming a great warrior. Although his physical program is segregated from the intellectual scholars and intuitive wizards, Kase is influenced by his bond with his wizard friend Lenia to study her craft and unleash the special magic within him. Remarkably, he’s able to use her unique focus instrument, a black trident, to harness his newfound power. However, after one of their secret tutoring sessions, a masked criminal ambushes them and steals the trident. Unwilling to wait for the authorities at The Academy to find the culprit, Kase works with his friends to hunt for what was lost. As they travel throughout the realm in search of answers, the only clue they have is the uncanny resemblance that the thief has to a legendary criminal from before their time: Money Jane.
Plot/Idea: 8 out of 10
Originality: 9 out of 10
Prose: 9 out of 10
Character/Execution: 9 out of 10
Overall: 8.75 out of 10

Assessment:

Plot: Riggins presents to readers a clever, fast-paced story that intertwines a mystery surrounding the theft of Lenia’s trident with Team Liberati’s second attempt at the Quest Series, introduced to readers in the first book, How to Set the World on Fire. Unfortunately, the conclusion of this novel leaves far too many questions unanswered for readers to be satisfied.

Prose: Riggins maintains strong pacing throughout the story, by utilizing efficient sentence structure and paying close attention to the flow of passages and reveal of information at appropriate moments.

Originality: Money Jane offers elements that mimic modern lifestyles, such as the Sage Mirrors, which introduce a refreshing vibe to a story with otherwise archaic characteristics.

Character Development: Even minor characters feel authentic in this book, but what is truly memorable is the bond between Kase and his talented buddies, Lenia and Talen. This close-knit group naturally balances their individual strengths and weaknesses into a highly plausible, dynamic friendship.

Blurb: A thoroughly entertaining YA fantasy adventure. 

Date Submitted: August 21, 2018

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