The Lost Book of the White (The Eldest Curses, Book 2) by Cassandra Clare and Wesley Chu

  The Lost Book of the White (The Eldest Curses, Book 2) by Cassandra Clare and Wesley Chu. Margaret K. McElderry Books, (9781481495127), 2020

Format:  Hardcover

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review) 4

What did you like about the book?  Magnus Bane and his partner Alec Lightwood are settling into life with their adopted baby Max, after defeating an attempt by Shinyun Jung to bring Asmodeus, the Prince of Hell to power.  So Magnus is shocked when Shinyun shows up in his home along with his presumed dead mentor Ragnor.  They are seeking The Book of the White to raise Sammael, the father of all demons.  Magnus, who has been stabbed with a Sventhorn, which leaves a glowing hole in his chest, gathers his friends to follow the pair to Shanghai.  But first, Alec and Magnus must find a babysitter to care for Max, a baby warlock who cannot control his magic.  Filled with action, humor, romance and magic, this latest in the Shadowhunters series does not disappoint.  Fans will love the exotic setting, the harrowing battles, the snarky humor and the varied LGBTQA+ relationships. Readers will eagerly await the next installment.

Anything you didn’t like about it?  No

To whom would you recommend this book?  Shadow Hunter fans will love this new addition to the series.  Share it with readers who enjoy fantasy authors including Julia Kagawa, P.C. Cast, and Kiersten White.

Who should buy this book?  Public libraries and high school libraries

Where would you shelve it?  YA fiction

Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles?  No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City:  Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA

Date of review: 4/22/21        

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