The Song of Wrath

S. & S./McElderry. (Bones of Ruin Trilogy: Bk. 2). Apr. 2023. 432p. Tr $21.99. ISBN 9781534453593.
Gr 8 Up–Iris was brought to England by a slave trader and spent most of The Bones of Ruin trying to reclaim her lost memories—now she has them, and wishes they had stayed buried. Armed with apocalyptic powers that are stretching beyond her control, Iris must decide how she wishes to use them before other entities find ways to use her. Iris journeys to Africa to discover the truth about her destiny. Raughley’s candid writing discusses slavery, colonialism, gender, and their intersections while delivering strong character arcs and a gripping adventure plot. It runs long for such a straightforward plot.
VERDICT A unique historical fantasy rich in adventure, recommended for general purchase.

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