by Alyssa Roat
Series: The Wraithwood Trilogy #2
Published by Mountain Brook Fire
Publication Date March 15, 2022
Genres: Action/Adventure, Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult
Main Character Ages: 15-18
Written for: High-School/Young Adult
The bane of Mordred, the son of Mordizan, and a millennia-old prophecy—together they may provide what Brinnie needs to defeat the world of magic’s greatest threat.
More than a year has passed since Brinnie left Wraithwood, never expecting to see it again. But when Mordred captures her sister, she is thrust back into the world of magic. She flees to Wraithwood, where she learns of a prophecy located in the dark wizard capital of Mordizan that reveals the identity of “Mordred’s bane,” something that could destroy Mordred for good.
Brinnie agrees to a rendezvous with Mordred to exchange herself for her sister, going undercover at Mordizan as a spy to find the prophecy and Mordred’s bane. There, she weaves a complicated web of secrets, lies, and tenuous friendships. She makes an unexpected ally in Marcus Vorath, son of the Master of Mordizan, who fears the implications of Mordred’s growing power. But in Mordizan, friends and foes may be one and the same.
In the midst of court intrigue, battle, ominous new depths to her power, and searching for Mordred’s bane, Brinnie struggles to draw the lines. How far is she willing to go to destroy Mordred? And how much of herself is she willing to give up along the way?
I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
Also in this series: Wraithwood
I confess to loving young adult fantasy, though it has been years since I was a young adult. Reading Wraithwood, the first in The Wraithwood Trilogy, was a delightful experience and I have been waiting to read more. I was not disappointed!
Mordizan is full of surprises, with plenty of twists and turns. I greatly enjoyed the creativity of the village attached to the castle/fortress and how magic was used there. Brinnie’s double-life added an element of danger and wondering whom she could trust.
This story is a little more graphic than I recall the first one being, though it is still age-appropriate. Perhaps because Brinnie was in the domain of the dark wizards, it also seemed a bit darker than Wraithwood. Regardless of these things, it was a pleasure to read, and I felt the story continued to show rays of hope.
Readers of all ages who enjoy fantasy containing wizards and magic will want to read this fascinating trilogy. There were strong indicators at the end of Mordizan that the story is not yet finished and yet it was still a satisfying ending. I encourage readers to grab the first two books now and read them in preparation for the conclusion of the series.