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The Rising
Kelley Armstrong
The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There
Ana Juan, Catherynne M. Valente
The Mark of Athena
Rick Riordan
Princess of the Silver Woods
Jessica Day George
The Serpent's Shadow
Rick Riordan
The Demigod Diaries
Rick Riordan
Marissa Meyer
Curse of the Thirteenth Fey: The True Tale of Sleeping Beauty
Jane Yolen
The Sandman: The Story of Sanderson Mansnoozie
William Joyce
Perfect Scoundrels
Ally Carter
Return to Del - Emily Rodda The books are easily simple enough for children as young as seven, but not sophisticated nor complex enough to be captivating for older readers (10/11 +). They are enjoyable, and the storylines could be made into something truly exciting and intriguing, but the format, which is limiting, and the emotional sparseness of the narrative, hamper the books. There is also far too little character development. And the series lacks subtlety when it is needed most, stating the obvious, and then becoming vague when clarity would be advisable. Especially for Jasmine, who is a central character, but receives very little attention, certainly not as much as she deserved and which would have really fleshed out the story, deepening the impact of her relationship with her father, their friends and allies, and esp. Lief.

Dain was a surprise, first one in the whole series for me. But a very weak conclusion, even with the two other series. 2.5 stars