I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Last Fallen Star by Graci Kim
Series: Gifted Clans #1
Genres: Middle Grade
Published by Rick Riordan Presents on May 4, 2021
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Best-selling author Rick Riordan presents Graci Kim's thrilling debut about an adopted Korean-American girl who discovers her heritage and her magic on a perilous journey to save her witch clan family.
Riley Oh can't wait to see her sister get initiated into the Gom clan, a powerful lineage of Korean healing witches their family has belonged to for generations. Her sister, Hattie, will earn her Gi bracelet and finally be able to cast spells without adult supervision. Although Riley is desperate to follow in her sister's footsteps when she herself turns thirteen, she's a saram--a person without magic. Riley was adopted, and despite having memorized every healing spell she's ever heard, she often feels like the odd one out in her family and the gifted community.
Then Hattie gets an idea: what if the two of them could cast a spell that would allow Riley to share Hattie's magic? Their sleuthing reveals a promising incantation in the family's old spell book, and the sisters decide to perform it at Hattie's initiation ceremony. If it works, no one will ever treat Riley as an outsider again. It's a perfect plan!
Until it isn't. When the sisters attempt to violate the laws of the Godrealm, Hattie's life ends up hanging in the balance, and to save her Riley has to fulfill an impossible task: find the last fallen star. But what even is the star, and how can she find it?
As Riley embarks on her search, she finds herself meeting fantastic creatures and collaborating with her worst enemies. And when she uncovers secrets that challenge everything she has been taught to believe, Riley must decide what it means to be a witch, what it means to be family, and what it really means to belong.
Here is what I thought
Riley is a adopted Korean girl to a Korean family the only difference is is that her adopted family is gifted which means they have magic. Their magic is healing and with the help of their Gi bracelets they heal not only other gifted people but sarams. Sarams are non-gifted humans and that is what Riley is and sometimes she feels very left out. She loves her adopted parents but her sister and them get to do things she doesn’t and it just seems a bit unfair to her.
Hattie her sister is about to have her initiation into the clan and this means she gets to keep her Gi bracelet, as up till then she can only use it with adults supervision. Hattie and Riley learn that there is a way to share magic with a saram, so they cook up a plan to find the spell so they can do it on Hattie’s initiation day since they have to be close to this cauldron to do it.
They are stopped from doing it because of something (spoilery so can’t say) but needless to say they haven’t given up and they decide to try and contact someone from the Godrealm to help them and do a spell that is illegal and it doesn’t go as planned and Hattie ends up in like a coma and the clan bear goddess comes and tells Riley that she will help her with her sister but she must find the last fallen star.
Riley and her friend Emmett, who doesn’t know the full extent of what has happened, goes with her to try and find the last fallen star but they have no clue where to start and decide to first go the a science place because stars, right. Not that this is an actual star as in what normal humans would think of as a star, but it was a start and they do learn about maybe going to this gifted library but it’s guarded and and another friend helps disguise them and that is pretty much where the adventure to find this star starts.
I really like Riley and her journey as she learns a lot about herself and also that it doesn’t really matter if you have magic or not it really is about what is inside you. I also really liked Emmett because he is really the definition of a true friend because even when he learns things about her that really upset him, he learns to work through it along the way and they still continue to be friends when a lot might just up and leave her. Though Hattie is not in the book much I can tell she will be a great character and I enjoyed the parts that she was in, she cared a lot about her sister.
I really enjoyed the story it had a nice fast pace to it and will definitely be looking out for the next one in the series!