J.R.R. Tolkien and Percy Jackson Fans will love this exciting coming of age fantasy by New York Times Best-Selling author Constance Burris.
After saving Elizabeth from the fey realm, Coal is not only exiled from his only home, but he is sentenced to six months in a juvenile detention center in the human realm. They think he kidnapped Elizabeth instead of rescuing her. He can't exactly tell the truth. Because the truth would incriminate his best friend turned worst enemy, Queen Chalcedony.
But being exiled from the fey realm isn't going to stop Coal from returning to his only home. He just has to figure out how to get back.
Along the way, Coal discovers that Chalcedony has kept a dark secret from him. But in order to uncover that secret, Coal must make a deal with a government agent hell-bent on arresting Queen Chalcedony and starting a war between the two worlds.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
"Chalcedony" is the second book in Burris' Everleaf Series. This book brings back familiar characters from "Coal," as the story continues, following Coal, Chalcedony, and Haline as the main POV characters. Burris weaves a wonderful mystery of a story, using the POV characters to thread the plot, leaving the reader wondering how all the pieces fit together in a complete tapestry. Some questions are answered, especially about Coal, while others are raised. The ending is a bit of a cliffhanger. Well, more than a bit, but it should make for an interesting opening to the next book. It definitely left me wanting to know what would happen next and how things would end for the main and supporting characters. I will say,I found it curious how often Chalcedony, especially with the book named after her, was foiled time and again. While young, I know, she's also powerful and not unintelligent. There were just too many times she was outmaneuvered. Even though other characters were as well they, at least, had moments in which they demonstrated a good deal of competency. Chalcedony and her shadows, ironically, rarely did. They tried-hard. And she's an active and passionate queen, which was great. But I wanted to see her be truly successful in one of her missions. I really hope she gets a chance to shine and show she's a queen of worth in the third book-- a satisfying evolution of the character. This is an engaging and entertaining book with nice twists I did not see coming. A definite recommended read.