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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
The Search for the King's Staff: The Scarlet Phantom is a work of fiction in the fantasy and magic subgenres, and was penned by author Sophia Davidson. In this second novel in the series, which follows A Song of Hope, we find ourselves back with Cierra and her quest to find all the pieces of the map that will lead her to the legendary King’s Staff. Rasheme, the King in the North, will stop at nothing to prevent her from succeeding, and to make matters worse, a mysterious figure known as the Scarlet Phantom keeps turning up along the way. What results is a mysterious and enjoyable magical adventure suitable for the general reading audience.
Author Sophia Davidson proves that you can have it all in fantasy fiction, including sophisticated and emotive characters, clever plotlines, epic magic, and a whole load of fun in the mix. I thoroughly enjoyed this read from cover to cover, particularly in relating to Cierra and her continuing hardships as the stakes get raised higher with every new problem she encounters. The plot provides plenty of twists, and I loved the worldbuilding and new concepts that the setting allows Davidson to seamlessly introduce. And as for the infamous Scarlet Phantom, what a fantastic and enjoyable character with so many mysteries to uncover. The dialogue was also standout, especially between Cierra and the Phantom. Overall, I would highly recommend The Search for the King's Staff: The Scarlet Phantom to fantasy readers seeking a satisfying adventure tale that ticks all the right boxes.