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Reviewed by Vincent Dublado for Readers' Favorite
Soul of Anesidora is the second book in The Sorcerer’s Guide Series by L. Scott Clark. In Path of the Phoenix, you became witness to the reawakening of magic as the protagonist Jet Black took possession of a magical book that seems to have a mind of its own. This time, Argentina takes center stage for the next destination, as the race to complete the missing tablet pieces continue. Jet must beat Shane Fallon in the search as Shane has spent every moment over the last year and a half bullying and harassing Jet at every turn. Shane wields Runic magic while Jet wields Elemental magic, and they have been competing against each other to find the remaining pieces of the Phoenix tablet and prevent a sinister evil from killing everyone. But Jet will go missing in Argentina, and what he will find in the process is a gift for the Mikado of Elemental Magic.
Since young adult adventures often require origin stories, Soul of Anesidora does not disappoint as far as continuity is concerned. Judging from its narrative alone, you can tell that L. Scott Clark is passionately writing modern parallels of mythology and sorcery, and this series may well find its way into the pop culture zeitgeist. The plot continues to heat up as Jet and his friends are led into situations that put all of them in harm’s way, but the task has to be done for a cause that is greater than one’s own. This is one of those rare YA books where I was able to build a strong connection with the characters. L. Scott Clark doesn’t merely define them by their attributes, but they have distinct personalities to speak of rather than just doing what the plot requires them to do. Soul of Anesidora has a fantastic premise, but you will be enthralled by the practical aspects of the storyline. I recommend it to anyone who has a taste for good young adult fantasy adventure.