Reading/Interest Level: Intermediate
Author: Betsy Schow
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
The world of Story is in shambles thanks to Princess Dorthea’s wish. Chimera Mountain has exploded, leaving Kato’s kingdom destroyed and his surviving subjects without a home. Dorthea is struggling with the weight of the curse and the fire within that is driving her closer to the edge, while Rexi is having memories stripped away each time she dies and Dorthea revives her. With little time or options, Kato and Rexi end up in Camelot in search of Excalibur and its ancient magic, but they are not alone. Modred seeks it too and Gwenevere has taken over Camelot for her Academy of Villains. Dorthea works with Verte and Oz on her curse and storytelling and Rexi makes a deal with the Lady of the Lake. In the end, they face off with Morte—Death himself.
In the second book in the Storymaker series, Besty Schow takes a multitude of fairytale references and puts a twist on them. Like the first, the story itself is rather fast-paced and action-packed, but this time it is told from Rexi’s point of view and is less fluid, making it even more difficult to keep up with. Part of this could very well be intentional, as Rexi is losing pieces of herself and her memories throughout the story. This makes it more choppy for both her and the reader to remember and get around the holes in her understanding. Character development is well done in the transitions of Rexi’s character. She loses some of herself and gains some of Dorthea each time she dies, and her self-preservation skills fill in some of the blanks from Morte’s toll each time she visits. Overall, it’s a great read, and the character development this time from thief, to servant, to reluctant main character is wonderful to watch.