Shiva’s auntie comes back for her and is horrified to find an Outsider chasing after them! Town guards load the two into the back of a wagon and shoot arrows at Teacher, which do nothing but stun him, and they manage to get away. Shiva and her aunt set back up in their old house in the eastern village of the town, but Shiva misses Teacher. Shiva doesn’t have any signs of having been touched and cursed by an Outsider, but that isn’t true for other folks in the town. She runs away from the king’s men once again and finds herself in the forest with Teacher. The two go back to their house but Shiva is so exhausted she falls asleep on the floor of the hallway, unable to make it to her room.
If readers thought volumes before this were heartbreaking, get ready for volume three. For most of the volume, I thought the Insiders had just found another old lady to stand in as Shiva’s aunt, but I was wrong. There has been some indication in other volumes that Shiva is somehow special, but this volume really starts to cement that she is somehow protected from the curse of the Outsiders. Nagabe is deftly leaving little clues and mysteries throughout this story that are engaging and tugging at heartstrings.
For libraries looking to begin collecting this series, Seven Seas has started reprinting it in gorgeous hardcover editions. While a bit expensive, these leather-bound books have three volumes in one, and the binding is exceptional.
Sara's Rating: 9/10
Suitability Level: Grades 7-12
Reviews of previous volumes in this series: vol 1, vol 2
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