The Last Fallen Moon (Gifted Clans #2)

by Graci Kim (Author)

The Last Fallen Moon (Gifted Clans #2)
Reading Level: 4th – 5th Grade
Series: Gifted Clans
For Riley Oh, life as the Godrealm's last fallen star is not all it's cracked up to be. Her new divine heritage doesn't even come with cool magical powers; half of her friends and family (including her parents) can't remember her; and to top it all off, the entire Gom clan is mad at her for killing the Cave Bear Goddess and stripping away their healing abilities. But when their anger boils over and a group of witches curse Riley's home, she knows it's up to her to restore magic back to her clan - even if it means sneaking into the Spiritrealm. Luckily, Riley has some backup. Along with her sister, Hattie, Riley meets Dahl, a heaven-born boy with shockingly white hair and a fondness for toilets who might not be telling the whole truth about who he is. Together they'll fight vicious monsters, discover dark underwater worlds, and race to save the land of the dead from a fate that no one could have foreseen. And this time, Riley won't let anything get in her way. Because she can't shake the feeling that something terrible is coming their way - and the gifted community is going to need all the powers they can get. 

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Kirkus Reviews

With dry humor and rough-and-tumble theatrics, Riley's story continues as she grapples with guilt, belonging, and her own identity and self-confidence. The novel deftly balances the fun and the serious. The stakes are high, though Riley simply wants to do the right thing for her family and her community. A nonstop, Korean-inspired fantasy adventure that also tackles darker emotions.

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Starred Review
Folklore enthusiasts will rejoice at the return to monster-filled lands and new whimsical worlds where anything can happen, and Riley’s signature fun attitude and relatable voice will captivate readers who are just meeting her here, as she continues to search for a sense of belonging in a world that constantly challenges her identity.

School Library Journal

Gr 4-8--Despite saving the Mortalrealm in the previous volume, 13-year-old Riley Oh doesn't feel like a hero. The consequences of her actions rendered the Gom clan of gifted healers powerless. To make matters worse, because of a deal struck with a demon, Riley's closest friends and parents have no memory of her. But Riley is determined to redeem herself by journeying to the Spiritrealm, home to heaven and hell, to secure for the Goms a new patron deity who can restore their magic. Like most of her plans, this isn't as easy as she imagined. The Spiritrealm is experiencing issues of its own, and Riley becomes entangled in a much larger conspiracy that threatens the future of both worlds. Healing the damage she's caused and protecting family and friends is Riley's main motivation. She carries plenty of guilt and remorse that prevents her from allowing others to help. Through her experiences in the Spiritrealm and discovering an unlikely ally, Riley finds strength in letting in those around her. Diving deeper into Korean mythology, this sequel in the "Gifted Clans" series further expands a richly built world of mythical creatures and divine beings. Many Korean terms and cultural references are included. VERDICT An enthralling fantasy adventure that never forgets the heart at its core.--Sophie Kenney

Copyright 2022 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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Graci Kim
Graci Kim is the national best-selling author of The Last Fallen Star, the first book in the Gifted Clans trilogy. A Korean-Kiwi diplomat turned author, Graci writes about the magic she wants to see in the world. In a previous life she used to be a cooking show host, and she once ran a business that turned children's drawings into cuddly toys. When she's not lost in her imagination, you'll find Graci drinking flat whites, eating ramyeon, and most likely hugging a dog (or ideally, many). She lives in New Zealand with her husband and daughter. Find her at www.gracikim.com and follow her on Twitter @gracikim and Instagram @gracikimwrites.
Classification
Fiction
ISBN-13
9781368073141
Lexile Measure
N/A
Guided Reading Level
N/A
Publication date
June 20, 2022
Series
Gifted Clans

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