by Sherwood Smith
The first summer of peace brings Wren on her weekly visit to the young Queen Teressa, where she encounters the derisive, upsetting Hawk Rhiscarlan riding in! Wren races to warn Teressa, to discover he’s expected, which causes the girls’ first argument. Tyron gives Wren a chance to leave Meldreth by sending her on a new journeymage project —to find Connor, who had wandered off to the Summer Isles.
When Wren vanishes, her scry stone abandoned, Teressa veers between regret over the argument, worry about Wren, and the beguilement of attraction as Hawk skillfully upsets her court. Wren has just made friends with some young sailors when they are captured and forced on board a shady smuggler, where Wren learns all about the sea. When pirates attack, Wren does magic, which leads her straight to another confrontation with the villain she hates most, aided by the boy she... what do you call these feelings? Once again the four — Wren, Teressa, Connor, and Tyron — find themselves deep in adventure, as they try to navigate the treacherous waters of growing up.
Okay, you will have to bare with me as I gush here for a while. I am about to be reminiscing over how much I loved this series as a teen and how excited I am that Smith was able to finally publish this book in any format. With that out of the way, on to the book.
The for main characters of the Wren series (Wren to the Rescue, Wren's Quest, Wren's War) are back but Wren, Tessa, Connor, and Tyron are separated for most the book but that is okay because they are finding their way into adulthood. Tessa must become a queen that can rule her country but also deal with politics and falling in love with someone who may only be after her crown. Tyron is running the magic school as Halfrid (head mage) is off dealing with some tricky situations. He must also help Tessa with the magical concerns and protect her from Hawk. I am glad they brought Hawk back. He was such an interesting teen villain and I'm glad they are having him grow up but be just as hard to read. Connor is running around in the Summer Ises but not really doing anything. It takes Wren showing up to really motivate him to get home. Wren does what Wren does best- run headlong into trouble and never look back. She is off on her Journeymage Project but is really looking for Connor. Do I sense a blossoming romance? Why yes I do! Yay!
I loved this book but I am also tapping into the tween in me that read these books over and over again. I love the spunky Wren who runs off into danger to save her friends. It is not the best book ever and I know people just reading this book will not love it as much as those of us who were waiting years for its release. I just loved returning to this world and all the characters are dear old friends who I grew up with and I love the series for that. Thanks for listening to me gush!