The Sisters of Reckoning by Charlotte Nicole Davis
Publisher: Tor Teen
Publication Date: August 10, 2021
Genres: Young Adult Fantasy
The Sisters of Reckoning is the sequel to The Good Luck Girls, and this review may contain spoilers for the first book in the series. If you have not read The Good Luck Girls, please do not read any further (but do go read The Good Luck Girls, I cannot recommend it enough!)
Now that the Good Luck Girls have made it to freedom, Clementine and friends have escaped to Ferron, while Aster works with the Lady Ghosts to help with their mission. Things are worse than ever for the dustbloods. Frustrated with how slow the Lady Ghosts work, Aster decides to take things into her own hands to free the Good Luck Girls of Arketta. But things spiral and Aster inadvertently starts a revolution, seeking freedom for all the dustbloods in Arketta once and for all. But with limited allies and power, Aster and friends need all the help they can get.
The Sisters of Reckoning is a brilliant follow-up to the first book in the series, The Good Luck Girls. Like the first book, The Sisters of Reckoning mainly focuses on Aster. I love Aster’s character progression through the book. Where the first book lacked any love story for Aster, The Sisters of Reckoning has Aster starting to explore her sexuality and question what she is looking for in a partner and even if she is capable of feeling romantic love for another person. The story focuses on Aster’s sexuality as she grapples with her trauma from her time at the welcome house.
Whereas the first book was more of an escape story, the sequel is about fighting back. Now that the Good Luck Girls are free, they set their sights on all the other good luck girls who are still imprisoned in their welcome houses. It also dives more into the general suffering of the dustbloods in Arketta, more so than just the Good Luck Girls.
The ending of this sequel was relatively definitive, but I would love to come back to the world in a future book and see how Arketta has evolved. I think the storyline has reached its natural end for Aster and friends, but I think this world has so much potential. I loved this book so much. It definitely did not disappoint!
Thank you to Tor Teen and Netgalley for the review copy. All opinions are my own.
Synopsis from Goodreads
The Good Luck Girls are free. Aster’s sister and friends have new lives across the border in Ferron, while Aster remains in Arketta, helping more girls escape. But news of a new welcome house opening fills Aster with a need to do more than just help individual girls. And an unexpected reunion gives her an idea of how to do it. From there, grows a wildly ambitious plan to free all dustbloods, who live as prisoners to Arketta’s landmasters and debt slavery.
When Clementine and the others return from Ferron, they become the heart of a vibrant group of fearless fighters, working to unite the various underclasses and convince them to join in the fight. Along the way, friendships will be forged, lives will be lost, and love will take root even in the harshest of circumstances, between the most unexpected of lovers.
But will Arketta’s dustbloods finally come into power and freedom, or will the resistance just open them up to a new sort of danger?
About the Author
Charlotte Nicole Davis is the author of The Good Luck Girls, a young adult fantasy novel releasing in Fall 2019 with Tor Teen. A graduate of The New School’s Writing for Children MFA program, Charlotte loves comic book movies and books with maps in the front. She currently lives in Brooklyn with a cat with a crooked tail.
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