The Last Fallen Star (Gifted Clans #1) by Graci Kim
Genre: MG, Mythology, Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Rick Riordan Presents
Rating: 4.48 stars (Goodreads)
Best-selling author Rick Riordan presents Graci Kim’s thrilling debut about an adopted Korean-American girl who discovers her heritage and her magic on a perilous journey to save her witch clan family.
Riley Oh can’t wait to see her sister get initiated into the Gom clan, a powerful lineage of Korean healing witches their family has belonged to for generations. Her sister, Hattie, will earn her Gi bracelet and finally be able to cast spells without adult supervision. Although Riley is desperate to follow in her sister’s footsteps when she herself turns thirteen, she’s a saram–a person without magic. Riley was adopted, and despite having memorized every healing spell she’s ever heard, she often feels like the odd one out in her family and the gifted community.
Then Hattie gets an idea: what if the two of them could cast a spell that would allow Riley to share Hattie’s magic? Their sleuthing reveals a promising incantation in the family’s old spell book, and the sisters decide to perform it at Hattie’s initiation ceremony. If it works, no one will ever treat Riley as an outsider again. It’s a perfect plan!
Until it isn’t. When the sisters attempt to violate the laws of the Godrealm, Hattie’s life ends up hanging in the balance, and to save her Riley has to fulfill an impossible task: find the last fallen star. But what even is the star, and how can she find it?
As Riley embarks on her search, she finds herself meeting fantastic creatures and collaborating with her worst enemies. And when she uncovers secrets that challenge everything she has been taught to believe, Riley must decide what it means to be a witch, what it means to be family, and what it really means to belong.
I received a eArc of this book from the publisher in exchange of my honest opinion, so first of all i want to thank them for giving me such an opportunity. It was a unique book and i’m really glad i got to read it.
So, where to start?
Riley Oh is an adopted child, but her family isn’t just a regular family but one of Korean healing witches. In Riley’s world the different goddesses give different clans gifts and the clans work togeher as a community. All but one clan which was banned.
So when the book starts, Riley’s sister Hattie is about to get her ceremony to become a healer herself. Since Riley is adopted she doesn’t have any gifts but she and her sister make a deal to help Riley get the gift of being a healer herself. Only everything goes wrong and now Riley has to find the Last Fallen Star to be granted her wish of becoming one of her community.
These is a very rough description of the book, but i don’t want to spoil much of it, because it is such a great book, you deserve to discover it yourself.
The book talks about many topics, feeling different and trying to fit anyway, getting rejected, not giving up, friendship, family and a lot of mythology.
I’ve never before heard about Korean Mythology and i still need to get working on it so i can keep up with the books coming after this one, but it’s something i’m willing to do because the book was such an interesting one. The author knows what she is writing about and she knows how to use it to make it feel real. You can see the passion this book was written with, the love.
Since reading Pick Riordan, i haven’t found a book that was such a revelation to me on this kind of books. Mythology coming to life in our days in one of my favorite topics and this author did such an amazing job brining the story to life, i was so excited i couldn’t stop reading once i started i just needed to KNOW what will happen next.
The characters are adorable, i loved Riley, Hattie and Emmet a lot. The side characters are loving and caring and i think it’s the first time i see parents and family so involved in this kind of book, normallly it’s just kids which is kinda weird. In this book the adults are almost as important as the kids and it felt different and fresh.
I don’t really know how much more i should tell about the book, because i don’t wanna spoil anything. But it was a real rollercoaster and a fun on at it. I would recommend it to everyone looking for a great Middle Grade book. It’s been a while since i found one so good.
I give the book 4.5 stars because i didn’t see that plot twist coming and i’m looking forward to the next book coming up hopefully next year! Congratulations to Graci on writting such an amazing debut novel!
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