The town of Spindrift is frequented by all kinds of Shadow Mages and charlatans. It's also home to the Orphanage School, where Finlay lives with Glim, Taya, and Eli. Just outside town is the painfully posh Brathelthwaite Boarding School, home to Honey Bee, Hamish, and Victor, Duke of Ainsley. When the two schools compete at the Spindrift Tournament, the stakes are high, tensions are higher, and some people are out to win at any cost. Before long, the orphans and the boarding school kids are at each other's throats.
And then the Whispering Wars break out, and Spindrift is thrust onto the front lines. Children are being stolen; witches, sirens, and a deadly magical flu invade the town; and all attempts to fight back are met with defeat. Finlay, Honey Bee, and their friends must join forces to outwit the encroaching forces of darkness, rescue the stolen children, and turn the tide of the war. But how can one bickering troupe outwit the insidious power of the Whisperers? Told in dual narration by Finlay and Honey Bee, this is a spellbinding tale of unlikely friendship, unexpected magic and competitive athletics.
"Finlay, from the Orphanage, and Honey Bee, from the Brathelthwaite School, document the story of the war’s beginning, describing their roles in the resistance in alternating chapters. The Whisperers, the residents of a heretofore-benign neighboring kingdom, are now involved in the disappearance of children, and a vicious influenza outbreak is revealed to be a kind of biological warfare. As familiar Spindrift citizens with Shadow Magic origins are rounded up and imprisoned and attacks increase around the kingdom, the terror of war begins to reveal itself.... This jam-packed, imaginative adventure is magically immersive and entertaining." — Kirkus Reviews
|Recommended Age||9 - 12|
|Publication Date||Oct 1, 2019|
|Publisher||Arthur A. Levine Books|