Reading/Interest Level: Intermediate
Author: Stephanie Burgis
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Kat is finally able to start preparing for her test to become a full-fledged Guardian, but she has to do it in secrecy and avoid causing any problems for Angeline and her marriage to Lord Frederick Carlyle. Not too long into the trip to the Carlyle estate, it becomes apparent that someone intends to hurt Kat or someone in her family--possibly the same person who stole the Guardians’ collection of magic portals. As Kat works to practice her magic and avoid the person who keeps threatening her and her sisters, she solves the mysteries about her family’s past and helps create a better world for magic in the future through the discoveries she makes.
The whole Stephenson family is back in this book, and the characters are just as fun as ever. One of the most fun aspects of this book is that finally Kat’s older brother, Charles, is trying to be involved in the family. The development of his concern for the family and his new romance is a nice addition to the character. Kat is starting to grow up in this book, but she’s still the Kat that shines in the first two books of the series. It is frustrating sometimes that her family doesn’t allow her to change and grow up, but Kat still finds a way to do the things she feels are best to protect her family. The mysteries of Kat’s father, her mother, and who is threatening the family are blended together well and keep the suspense going until the end of the book. This book is a little bit darker than the first two, but fans of the series will be satisfied with the ending and left wanting to hear more about Kat and her adventures.