Published by Wise Ink on December 8, 2020
Series: The Blazing Star #2
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Romance, Time Travel, Young Adult
Source: Paperback from Author
Also in this series: The Blazing Star (The Blazing Star, #1)
Seventeen-year-old Alexandria White only wants to go home, a wish that would be easier to pull off if home weren’t thousands of years in the future and halfway across the world.
Since her twin sister, Portia, touched an artifact during their history class, she’s been stuck in ancient Egypt surrounded by the unknown: knife-wielding priestesses, soul-consuming Scorpions, and a destiny so terrifying she fled Egypt’s capital city.
Alex has been hiding in plain sight and putting her academic skills to use as a royal tutor in the Nile Delta, an area on the brink of war. When tensions rise between clashing monarchies, everything Alex left behind—the magic that is her birthright, the danger of the Scorpions—is arriving at her door, as well as a major secret.
She’ll have to decide if she will flee again or take a stand and face her future in the past.
Note: This is the second book in a series that should be read in order. If you are new to the series, you can check out my review of book one HERE
The Falling Star is the second book in the Blazing Star series, which is a young adult time travel fantasy by Imani Josey. I really enjoyed the first book in the series, where we joined sisters Alex and Portia on a journey back to ancient Egypt. If you are a fan of books featuring sisters, then I think you will really enjoy this magical tale that Imani Josey crafted. It is perfect for younger readers of young adult fiction as well as older readers. I loved that Imani Josey decides to switch up the narration point of view in this installment. The first book was mainly told through Portia’s point of view, who is sick of being stuck in her smart and accomplished sister’s shadow. She really came into her own in Ancient Egypt. Her superstar sister, Alex however; was a different story.
The Falling Star is told through Alex’s point of view. I loved that Imani Josey did this because it really gave us readers the chance to get to know her and learn about some of her challenges. She is so different than her sister Portia, but when she is in Ancient Egypt we really start to see her struggle and feel out of place for maybe the first time in her life. She misses her her life back home. In it is in this book that we really get to know Alex on a much better level. I enjoyed a deeper dive into who Alex is and watching her learn more about her powers.
The conflict in The Falling Star also starts to ramp up, and we see more discord with the Gods. I really enjoyed seeing Alex in her role as a tutor. Based on the prior book, I had always felt that Alex had it all together, but watching her struggle with her magical abilities and struggle to stand up for herself made me able to relate to her a lot more. It also was super satisfying to see her grow throughout the story. I was cheering her on while at the same time hoping for Alex and Portia find a way grow closer as sisters. I think this series is perfect for readers who enjoy time travel adventures and who can appreciate a well done sibling relationship. Watching the sisters come back together and understand how it feels to be in the others shoes was really wonderful. I am also super interested to see how the sisters are going to fulfill their destiny and make it back home. Overall, I really enjoyed this story. This book was a lot of fun and I can’t wait to continue on with the series. It does feel a little on the younger side of YA with the writing and content level, which makes it great for readers just looking to venture into the young adult fantasy world.
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