From School Library Journal
Gr 5-8–This sequel to The Beast of Noor (S & S, 2006) starts with a bang–well, a crash–and never lets up. Children are disappearing, taken by the wind, including 14-year-old Hanna's little brother and students from the Meer school where 16-year-old Miles is learning music and magic. At the same time, the waytrees that form the bond between Noor and Oth, the home of the dragons, have been dying. And the dragons, who have been waiting for more than 700 years to return to Oth, are frantic. The world building and tone are just right, and the themes of friendship, loyalty, responsibility, and protection of the planet are never intrusive. Hanna and Miles are realistic teens, affected by magical events in the past, unsure of their own abilities, and capable beyond their wildest imaginings. Most of the secondary characters are equally compelling, though Taunier, a young man who can control fire and the object of Hanna's very innocent interest, is disappointingly flat. The style is pure fairy tale and quite lovely. Only at the very end, when the characters are comparing the taste of a magical fruit to papayas and peaches, are readers jarred away from this magical place. Knowledge of the earlier book isn't required, but readers who missed it will want to catch up on the first adventure.–Mara Alpert, Los Angeles Public Libraryα(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Long ago, the worlds of Oth and Noor were linked through the intertwined roots of the World Tree. But now the worlds are only tenuously linked by the magical, dragon-guarded waytrees, which are disappearing to the axes of greedy men as omens of a great evil begin to appear. Miles and Hanna find themselves on another quest to save their kidnapped younger brother and prevent the end of everything. Readers who followed shape-shifter Miles and meer (mage) Hanna in The Beast of Noor (2006) will gladly return to this imaginative place for another high-fantasy outing. Grades 6-9. --Cindy Welch