Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. Thanks! All opinions are my own.
Book: Willa of Dark Hollow
Author: Robert Beatty
Book Series: Willa Book 2
Recommended For…: MG readers, fantasy lovers, Tennessee/Great Smokey Mountains lovers
Publication Date: May 4, 2021
Genre: MG Fantasy
Recommended Age: 10+ (some scary moments, threat of death and destruction)
Synopsis: The Great Smoky Mountains. 1901. Willa and her clan are the last of the Faeran, an ancient race of forest people who have lived in the mountains for as long as the trees have grown there. But as crews of newly arrived humans start cutting down great swaths of the forest she loves, Willa is helpless to stop them. How can she fight the destroyers of the forest and their powerful machines? When Willa discovers a mysterious dark hollow filled with strange and beautiful creatures, she comes to realize that it contains a terrifying force. Is unleashing these dangerous spirits the key to stopping the loggers? Willa must find a way to save the people and animals she loves and take a stand against an all-consuming darkness that threatens to destroy her world.
Review: I really liked this book! I was a bit worried when I saw that it said it was book 2 and I thought we were going to have the same situation I did when I picked up book 3 of Beatty’s Serafina series (I’m always out of order with this author’s books lol). These two books can be read out of order. The book did well to present a character and story within the context of it being the second book, but it can be read like the first book. The story wasn’t confusing and the characters were all well developed.
The only issue I had with the book is that the plot was a bit hard to get into and it took me a bit to understand the flow of the story.
Verdict: It’s good!