Bound To Stay Bound

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 Seasparrow (A Graceling Realm Novel)
 Author: Cashore, Kristin

 Publisher:  Dutton Books (2022)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 607 p., ill., map, 21 cm

 BTSB No: 197863 ISBN: 9781984816672
 Ages: 14-18 Grades: 9-12

 Fantasy fiction
 Voyages and travels -- Fiction
 Shipwrecks -- Fiction

Price: $25.38

As Hava sails across the sea toward Monsea with the world's only copies of the formulas for the zilfium weapon, she makes an unexpected discovery about one of the ship's crew, but before she can unravel the mystery, storms drive their ship off course, wrecking them in the ice far north of the Royal Continent.

   Kirkus Reviews (09/15/22)
   School Library Journal (12/01/22)
 The Hornbook (00/01/23)

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School Library Journal - 12/01/2022 Gr 9 Up—Hava's Grace lets her disappear in plain sight, making her the perfect spy for Queen Bitterblue, her secret half-sister. Bitterblue learned the truth about zilfium in Winterkeep, and now travels home with zilfium weapon plans where Hava must play a part. Hava's insatiable curiosity and ever-listening ears discover a mystery aboard the royal ship Monsea, but before she can get to the bottom of it they're blown off course. Shipwrecked and stranded on the ice in the far north, Hava uncovers a number of other questions as court and crew begin their long, treacherous walk back to Monsea. After a childhood spent in hiding, Hava's journey forces her to reckon with who she is and how she wishes to be seen by the world. Cashore's writing and character arcs are exceptional as always, but Hava's juvenile narration strikes an odd tone for such a dark series, and her musings often lead nowhere, making this story harder to follow than its predecessors. While they're marketed as companion novels, the series from Bitterblue onward really does need to be read in order to understand what's at stake. There is some racial diversity among the cast, with Bitterblue being biracial. VERDICT Cashore never misses the bestsellers lists. That said, this harrowing adventure is probably best for libraries where the rest of the series already has readers.—Emmy Neal - Copyright 2022 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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