Unwanteds #5. Author: Lisa McMann.
Alex and his friends from Artimé are stranded on a newly discovered island after barely surviving a storm that destroys their ship. And it turns out they’re not alone… Back in Quill, Aaron’s power base grows as he aligns himself with an unlikely ally. Together, the two enact a drastic, risky plan to finally conquer Artimé—a plan that could ultimately leave everyone in both Artimé and Quill in far more danger than Aaron realizes.
Finally, Aaron is getting some deeper characterization. The time after his adviser is killed was at first confusing, but then very gratifying, as our villain finally shows some emotion and motivation.
Sexual content: One kiss. Some attraction between characters – blushing, glances, talking together – but nothing really happens.
Language: One exclamation each of: crud, good heavens, blasted, holy gorillas.
Violence: Hook-handed pirate lashes out and cuts a gash in a character’s forehead. A (living) statue is broken into pieces, but then put together again. Character breaks a leg. A woman is dead (action in last book, realization in this) from a panther attack. Character is knocked unconscious by a blow to the head. Mountain gorilla eats a wild pig. A house is crushed by a falling wall, and two characters killed. Lethal spells used in the final battle, very few details. One character is killed by a throwing star to the chest.