Amari and the Great Game by B B Alston
After finding her brother and saving the entire supernatural world, Amari Peters is convinced her first full summer as a Junior Agent will be a breeze.
But between the fearsome new Head Minister’s strict anti-magician agenda, fierce Junior Agent rivalries, and her brother Quinton’s curse steadily worsening, Amari’s plate is full. So when the secretive League of Magicians offers her a chance to stand up for magiciankind as its new leader, she declines. She’s got enough to worry about!
But her refusal allows someone else to step forward, a magician with dangerous plans for the League. This challenge sparks the start of the Great Game, a competition to decide who will become the Night Brothers’ successor and determine the future of magiciankind.
The Great Game is both mysterious and deadly, but among the winner’s magical rewards is Quinton’s last hope—so how can Amari refuse?
This is the sequel to last year’s Amari and the Night Brothers. Once again, the characters and fun setting pulled me right into the story. I didn’t remember all of the characters, but had no trouble catching up again. The Great Game doesn’t actually begin till almost halfway through the book. But the mystery of who attacked the Head Minister is the main plot and focus of this novel. Though the Great Game is vital to the series arc and adds to the looming suspense.
This was a fantastic second installment in a fun and exciting Middle Grade fantasy series. With plenty of adventure, mystery, and magic – you’ll want to read this in one sitting. Amari is a wonderful character – loyal, humble, forgiving and a big heart. The story ends in a big surprise that left me wanting more. The next installment can’t come soon enough.