Alex continues her search for her sister, and only a select few people can remember her. She gets help from a few other students who decide to recreate the gate spell, but this will be painstaking and take a lot of effort. Meanwhile, Teacher ferrets out the one who betrayed the hunters, and he moves his group into a safe house with Mr. Roi, the eccentric teacher who has also been giving extra lessons to Alex. We also learn about Nereshai, an ancient race of extremely powerful magic users, and the Sohrem, a group of powerful magical beings who have begun searching for new hosts within the school building. Centuries ago, the Nereshai sealed the Sohrem, but that seal has been broken, and it's up to the students and teachers to put everything right and bring home those who have been forgotten.
This series has a large cast of characters, and some of them don't come into their own until this second collected volume. The ending is extremely rushed and uses some cheap time travel to solve the problems built throughout the series. Some of the questions still stand - what's going to happen to the hunters? Is Alex going to continue being homeschooled? Alex and one of the other characters have magical ailments that can hurt or kill those around them, and nothing has been done for either of them. Chmakova teases at the end that there might be more books in this series, but given that it originally published a decade ago, it seems unlikely. However, this series could definitely support more volumes to explain some of the threads left unwoven at the end.
Sara's Rating: 7/10
Suitability Level: Grades 9-12
Reviews of previous volumes in this series: vol 1
Tags: Rating: 7/10, Suitability: High School, Manga, Magic, School Age, Supernatural
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