The dark, beguiling fifth entry in McGuire’s Wayward Children series, about a boarding school for visitors from portal worlds, continues the story of polar opposite twin sisters Jack and Jill Wolcott from the second book, 2017’s Down Among the Sticks and Bones. Back in their menacing home world, the Moors, sensible Jack has no higher ambition than to apprentice to the scientist Dr. Bleak and settle down with her reanimated fiancée, while deranged Jill dreams of being adopted by the vampire Master. Jill’s body, which died and was reanimated once before, is unable to become a vampire, so to achieve her dream Jill betrays her sister, forcing Jack to undergo a painful procedure to swap their bodies. For Jack, who has OCD, being trapped in another’s form is a nightmare. She enlists the help of her old friends at Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children to get her body back before Jill and the Master destroy the Moors entirely. Themes of sacrifice, love, and hope weave through this grim yet achingly tender tale. New and returning readers alike will be enthralled. (Jan.)
Reviewed on : 08/26/2019 Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror
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