The Fire Chronicle by John Stephens
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
I wasn't overly thrilled with The Emerald Atlas and even less so with this middle-of-the-trilogy book; the influences of Rowling, Tolkein, Lewis and others was just so overt and the new blend didn't work for me.
Example? A Big Bad who is supposed to be dead, but somehow still lives in an incorporeal form (and is looking to find a "new" body). Example? A world of magic and a world of 'normal' that exist side-by-side but with the normals not realizing (at least, they don't after the Great Separation).
Now that they have the Atlas, the Wibberly's are back at the Baltimore orphanage they hate; events conspire to separate them, sending Kate to turn-of-the-century New York and Michael and Emma first to Italy, then to Tierra del Fuego and on to Antarctica and a hidden valley. The Fire Chronicle is the second of the Books they're looking for, more properly known as the Book of Life - and they're looking for the final book, the Book of Death.
I won't be on the quest with them.
ARC provided by publisher.