Vendetta: The Runestone Saga, Book Two
Vendetta follows last year’s The Fetch which began the series, and which centers around the mystical properties of Nordic runestones. It is helpful to have read the first book, but not strictly necessary. Sky arrives in Corsica to follow a vision and further his efforts to rescue his cousin from the adventures related in the first volume. Instead, he runs into two women who shriek and cry vengeance at the mention of his grandfather’s name. Soon he is caught up in a centuries-old feud, his only escape to learn how to use the destructive power of the runes to heal rather than inflict harm. Shapechanging into animals, some thoughtful moral introspection and a lot of blood-curdling action fill the pages and will be continued in the conclusion, due out next summer. Middle school to high school readers will appreciate this the most.