The Changeling King (Estranged #2) – Ethan M. Aldridge, 2019

The first book in the series blew me away. This one (the second in at least a trilogy?) I loved also, but of course it didn’t have quite the same element of surprise: I knew it would be great, and it is. The characters of the brothers-by-Fay-kidnapping continue to evolve, and the human parents and especially older sister Alexis get to take the stage as well. Alexis is who I would have wanted to be as a kid, and she gets to learn magic too! My favorite detail is the visual representation (drawings in speech bubbles) of the spells, and the ways that Alexis’ attempts go awry but are still useful. The view of Fay society and class struggle is great. I’m looking forward to the next volume, but it must take Aldridge a really long time to do the amazing art!

Average Rating:

4.2 rating based on 1,242 ratings (all editions)

ISBN-10: 0062653911
ISBN-13: 9780062653918
Goodreads: 41212409

Author(s): Publisher: HarperCollins
Published: 10/1/2019

After years of pretending to be human, the changeling Edmund Carter has assumed his rightful role as Cinder, king of the World Below. But not everyone at the royal palace is happy about his return.

Meanwhile, Ed is adjusting to human life in the World Above. His birth family treats him with a kindness he never knew growing up in the Fay court, but Ed misses the sense of purpose he had as a knight.

When a mysterious new threat emerges in the World Below, Cinder must call on Ed and their older sister, Alexis, for help. But nothing can prepare them for the family secret that awaits at the end of their perilous quest.

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