Published by Rick Riordan Presents on May 4, 2021
Series: Gifted Clans #1
Genres: Adventure, Fantasy & Magic, Folk Tales Legends & Mythology, Middle Grade
Source: Finished Hardcover from Publisher
Best-selling author Rick Riordan presents Graci Kim's thrilling debut about an adopted Korean-American girl who discovers her heritage and her magic on a perilous journey to save her witch clan family.
Riley Oh can't wait to see her sister get initiated into the Gom clan, a powerful lineage of Korean healing witches their family has belonged to for generations. Her sister, Hattie, will earn her Gi bracelet and finally be able to cast spells without adult supervision. Although Riley is desperate to follow in her sister's footsteps when she herself turns thirteen, she's a saram--a person without magic. Riley was adopted, and despite having memorized every healing spell she's ever heard, she often feels like the odd one out in her family and the gifted community.
Then Hattie gets an idea: what if the two of them could cast a spell that would allow Riley to share Hattie's magic? Their sleuthing reveals a promising incantation in the family's old spell book, and the sisters decide to perform it at Hattie's initiation ceremony. If it works, no one will ever treat Riley as an outsider again. It's a perfect plan!
Until it isn't. When the sisters attempt to violate the laws of the Godrealm, Hattie's life ends up hanging in the balance, and to save her Riley has to fulfill an impossible task: find the last fallen star. But what even is the star, and how can she find it?
As Riley embarks on her search, she finds herself meeting fantastic creatures and collaborating with her worst enemies. And when she uncovers secrets that challenge everything she has been taught to believe, Riley must decide what it means to be a witch, what it means to be family, and what it really means to belong.
The Last Fallen Star is the first book in the middle grade fantasy series, called Gifted Clans by Graci Kim. I have not yet read anything by Graci Kim, but I have had fantastic luck with the series from the Rick Riordan Presents book imprint, so when I saw this book and saw that it was based on Korean Mythology, I was so interested. I did not know anything about Korean myths so I couldn’t wait to read both an entertaining series and learn some Korean folklore and mythology. I really enjoyed The Last Fallen Star and I am so pumped to continue on with the Gifted Clans series.
In The Last Fallen Star we meet our main character, Riley who is very close with her adopted family. Her sister and the rest of her family are part of the Gom clan, which means they are Korean healing witches. Riley doesn’t seem to have any magic, which is called a saram. Riley is super excited to see her sister Hattie inducted into the Gom clam. I loved how close Riley and Hattie, and when I saw that Hattie had an idea of how to share her magic with Riley, I was all for it! I love a good sister bond! But of course, this decision sets Riley off an adventure where she encounter magic, tests and obstacles and gods galore!
When Hattie’s idea goes wrong, Riley learns she must track down something called the last fallen star to save her sister. The only problem is that Riley has no idea what she is looking for or where to find it. Riley is such a sweet main character, she is so easy to root for, and I also really enjoyed her friend Emmett to teams up with her on her quest. I thoroughly enjoyed learning about the witch clan’s connection with the godrealm.
The Last Fallen Star has all of the fun, charm and magical adventures that I love in Rick Riordan’s stories as well as all of the books in his imprint. If you are a fan of magic, mythology and quest types stories, The Last Fallen Star and the Gifted Clams series is a great story for you to check out. I can’t wait to continue on with this series.
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