When it comes to the supernatural YA genre, I think it’s safe to say Claudia Gray knows what she’s doing. She proves her mastery of the genre yet again with Steadfast, the second book in her Spellcaster series, which furthers an exciting plot line, shows seemingly effortless character development, and draws readers in even more to the shadows that lurk within Captive’s Sound.
Nadia, Mateo, and Verlaine have saved Captive’s Sound from the dark Sorceress Elizabeth…or so they thought. Despite their best efforts, a crack opened and a new, greater evil seeped through. With Mateo as her Steadfast, Nadia’s magic is magnified and she is more powerful than ever. But there is still so much she doesn’t know about the craft, leaving her open and vulnerable to a darker magic…which has begun to call Nadia’s name.
It’s no secret that I love Gray’s books; she’s one of my favorite authors, and I pretty much devour anything she writes. But I think what makes her books so great – and truly gems in the vast array of paranormal YA novels these days – is the craft behind them. Gray is an extremely talented storyteller, and her skills shine throughout the pages of all of her books — Steadfast being no exception.
Throughout Steadfast, the characters face new and unexpected challenges in believable ways (even when the situations are completely unbelievable!) — all while also coping with the everyday problems most teens face. (Family, friendship, romance, etc.) Gray strikes an exquisite balance between the mundane and the magical.
Steadfast takes readers even deeper into the mystery of Captive’s Sound, introducing some key new players that make the story even more enjoyable to devour — and the forthcoming sequel all the more anticipated.
Steadfast is in stores now.