Sunday, December 2, 2018

Mez's Magic

As I've mentioned before, I don't like animal books, but Eliot Schrefer is the exception! As I make my way through his oeuvre, I find myself continually looking forward to what comes next.

Mez is an abnormal panther: while most of her kind sleep all night to avoid the Daywalkers, she is able to stay awake and explore at all hours. She is recruited to join a group of animals like herself, all with the goal of defeating the evil Ant Queen. But there are many challenges along the way and it is difficult to know who to trust.

I liked that Mez's Magic was educational. I don't know much about jungle animals and found myself learning about them in my favorite way, through fiction. While the secondary characters all had a prominent trait to identify them (Rumi is knowledgeable! Gogi is self-conscious! Lima talks too much!), Mez is relatable in a way that occasionally makes the reader forget she's a panther.

I loved the ending of the book and how it sets up the sequel, which will be published in a month. I'm looking forward to finding out what happens next.

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