Mordizan (Wraithwood #2)
Mountain Brook Fire
Published March 15, 2022
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The bane of Mordred, the son of Mordizan, and a millennia-old prophecy—together they may provide what Brinnie needs to defeat the world of magic’s greatest threat.
More than a year has passed since Brinnie left Wraithwood, never expecting to see it again. But when Mordred captures her sister, she is thrust back into the world of magic. She flees to Wraithwood, where she learns of a prophecy located in the dark wizard capital of Mordizan that reveals the identity of “Mordred’s bane,” something that could destroy Mordred for good.
Brinnie agrees to a rendezvous with Mordred to exchange herself for her sister, going undercover at Mordizan as a spy to find the prophecy and Mordred’s bane. There, she weaves a complicated web of secrets, lies, and tenuous friendships. She makes an unexpected ally in Marcus Vorath, son of the Master of Mordizan, who fears the implications of Mordred’s growing power. But in Mordizan, friends and foes may be one and the same.
In the midst of court intrigue, battle, ominous new depths to her power, and searching for Mordred’s bane, Brinnie struggles to draw the lines. How far is she willing to go to destroy Mordred? And how much of herself is she willing to give up along the way?
The pacing of MORDIZAN picks up a lot as Brinnie gets closer to learning Mordred’s plan and what she needs to do to stop him. I got caught up in the unfolding of the story and especially in Brinnie’s relationships with Marcus and Lana.
Marcus is an interesting character. I couldn’t decide whether to trust him or not for a long time through the story. Sometimes he seemed too interested or too good? At other times he made strange choices. Like, when he knew he and Brinnie were being followed, he took her to see his mother’s grave. Which, yes, showed Brinnie’s closeness to him, but since his mother had been caught trying to help prisoners escape, she was branded as a traitor. So he took her to the grave of a “traitor” while he knew he was being followed? Seemed like a bad choice, so I was confused by that.
Another thing I loved, though, were some of the things that got revealed in this book. Connections between characters that I didn’t see coming. Items of power that I couldn’t ever have predicted. There were so many moments where I sat straight up while I was reading because I was so into the book as things unfolded.
I am really excited about reading the final book in this trilogy, which I think comes out next March. I’m hoping for a little bit of romance and an epic showdown between Brinnie and her allies and Mordred.
I think readers who like Arthurian or Arthurian-adjacent stories will really enjoy this fresh spin on the legend. Great for fans of CITY OF BONES by Cassandra Clare.
Recommended for Ages 12 up.
Major characters are white.
Profanity/Crude Language Content
Brinnie’s mentor encourages her to give herself over to forces of darkness. Brinnie recognizes those as evil entities and refuses to connect herself to them. She has some nightmares in which she has apparently surrendered to those dark forces.
References to torture. One scene briefly shows a man being cut by a captor in an attempt to coerce Brinnie to agree to do what Mordred wants.
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