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The Fairy Queens have nearly succeeded in everything they ever wanted. With absolute power comes absolute abuse, and a populace brainwashed into believing them and turning on each other to keep to the new ways. This theme would be a great topic for discussion and connect it to history and worldwide trends.
Lena is down to only a few allies to stop the fairy queens and along the way story magic helps her gain a better understanding by showing her people’s backstories. Knowing someone’s past leads to empathy but not necessarily forgiveness, because people are still responsible for their current actions even if they have had a difficult or traumatic past. This is another great theme ripe for exploration into the idea of justice.
The Fairy Queen’s backstory was unexpected but solidifies this world of crazy make-believe into something that feels a lot more real if magic was introduced to our world and had time to mix. It was an interesting point that when they chose a particularly cruel way to behave by punishing the sun giant, they sowed the seeds for the current creation of magical creatures their world contained and they detested.
Final Verdict: I missed that Jin was barely in this story and the levity his character brought to the story. This book goes deep into themes that make it great for a maturing audience that is ready to explore power dynamics, the justice system, self-exploration, and parallels to the LGBTQ+ community. Overall, this is a great story that can be approached on many levels. There was even a teaser at the end that hints at the possibility of another companion series in the future.

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