Runaway Rendi seems to be the only one who noticed that the moon is missing above the village of Clear Sky! He’s aching for someone to visit this remote village so he can stow away and leave again, but while he’s stuck here, can he unravel the peculiarities of this very odd village?
I was very uncertain about how this read would go (the first book in this series was a 2017 favorite) but Grace Lin has delivered another superb MG fantasy. One of the fascinating aspects of this series is that so far each book focuses on a different character and has an independent plot, although set in the same world.
The previous book was all about journeys. Both the exciting physical journey that Min-li went on, and to a lesser degree, the emotional journey that her parents take as they are left at home without her. In contrast, this book is remarkably stable. The cast of characters is noticeably smaller (although used to full effect) and the setting limited – most scenes take place in one small town and its bizarre surroundings.