Genre: middle grade fantasy
Length: 389 pages
Setting: soon after the events of The Map to Everywhere, mostly in Monerva
Interest: It’s the second book in the Map to Everywhere series. Mr. Curiosity and I enjoyed the first book, so I picked up the second as well.
Summary: Marrill is trying to adjust to normal life in Arizona, but she’s more than happy to get drawn back into the Pirate Stream when the opportunity arises. This time, she brought her babysitter, Remy. The Enterprising Kraken heads to the world of Monerva, looking for the Salt Sand King in order to stop the Iron Tide, which is the reason Marrill has come back. They need to find the wish machine (Marrill wants to wish her mother well and Fin wants to wish himself memorable). Unfortunately, the Oracle and the Iron Knight get there first. Fin learns he’s a subject of the Salt Sand King, created to be an army of spies and thieves. At the same time, he and Marrill realize they can’t use the wish, or they’ll let the crazy king out into the Pirate Stream, and he’ll burn everything. They stop the Oracle and the Iron Knight, but trigger the Iron Tide in the process. Marrill and Remy get back to their own world, and Fin is only slightly closer to finding his tribe.
Final thoughts: Still enjoyable, if not quite as humorous as the first book. Marrill started to forget Fin and we explore his loneliness. He never gets in trouble, but he’s never welcomed back anywhere. No one greets him with anything but polite friendliness. That can be so hard to live with. He gets a few more clues about his history, but he still doesn’t find his family. He also has to make a decision to be with his crazy king, or stick with the crew who’s doing good but can’t remember him. We get the same bad guys, but I think this time they’re really gone.
Overall, I liked the first book better. This book was fun and enjoyable, but not as high quality as The Map to Everywhere.
Title comes from: It probably refers to the city where they found the Salt Sand King where everything is always burning (except the dullwood, because burning is too exciting for dullwood).
Reading challenges fulfilled: an R in my author Reading the Alphabet Challenge, #15 in my Maybe 100 This Year Challenge
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