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Dalkey, Kara. Reunion.

(Water, Bk. 2) HarperCollins, Avon. 233p. c2002. 0-06-440809-4. $4.99. JS

In this sequel to Ascension (reviewed in KLIATT in May 2002), Nia, of the Blue Fin Clan, must seek the lost Farworlder prince on whom her life is dependent; if she doesn't find him within seven days they both will die. Complicating the matter is Corwin, a young boy who has found the prince and has also been given the mark of an Avatar. Corwin, ill with poison from the prince, seeks help from a blind button maker. While there he meets Nia and joins forces with her to rescue the prince, taken from him by King Vortimer's sons. Their journey takes them under the castle into old Roman viaducts and cisterns. Unfortunately Ma'el, the evil Avatar, and his Farworlder king are also looking for the prince. A battle ensues and at least one old friend dies. At the conclusion of this episode Corwin must decide if he is willing to go to Atlantis with Nia and the Farworlder prince, Gobaith, to see if there is anyone still alive.

Any library that has the first book should purchase this book, and both should be purchased for any library that does not have either. My students and I love this series and eagerly await the conclusion. The books do need to be read in order, but as there are only three, it shouldn't be overwhelming. This book will appeal to girls who love Ella Enchanted and other fairy tales, particularly Donna Napoli's Sirena.

Stacey Conrad, Middle School Reading Teacher, Palmyra, MO
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