Fates Divide
by Roth, Veronica

When Cyra's father Lazmet Noavek, a soulless tyrant thought to be dead, reclaims the throne, Cyra Noavek and Akos Kereseth are desperate to stop him from igniting a barbaric war.

After their daring escape at the end of Carve the Mark (2016), Cyra and Akos find themselves in a complicated situation. Ryzek is dead; his final act of cruelty stoked even further conflict with the Thuvhesit; and the resulting power vacuum and instability are opportunities wealthier, more influential civilizations are eager to capitalize on. Cyra and Akos, meanwhile, are in exile on a planet shrouded in darkness, trying to figure out their blossoming relationship as well as their own responsibilities as violence and interplanetary conflict loom ever closer. The expansive world Roth introduced in the series opener gets even bigger in this sequel, with a bevy of additional characters, deepened secrets, and complex interplanetary politics coming into play. Even for readers of the first book, it's a lot to keep track of and occasionally dilutes the overall plot arc, but Roth's fans will be eager for a conclusion to Cyra and Akos' story, and with neatly tied up loose ends by the finish, they are likely to be satisfied. Grades 9-12. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

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