I was surprised to see how short this sequel to May Bird and the Ever After is. It made me wonder whether the two volumes had originally been a single book, which the publishers had divided into two (so it wouldn't be so long), as sometimes happens. Together with the first book, it does form a single narrative arc - so I'm glad I read it while the first one was still fresh in my mind.
May continues her perilous journey. She is determined to return home to her mother (and in this book we get some snippets from her mother's point of view, which adds to the depth and tension), even though May is supposed to be the one who can deliver the Ever After from the evil clutches of Bo Cleevil. She is developing close friendships (the first in her life) with her ghostly compatriots, which makes her more and more torn between going home and trying to save them. She would be more determined to stay if only she had more self-confidence that she might actually be the warrior everyone seems to think she is. When she finally meets the Lady of the North, she is told that the very qualities that have made her an outsider are the strengths that will help her in the Ever After. If only she could believe it!
Somber Kitty is as fun and heroic as in the first book - and he's still my favorite character. I didn't much care for the picture of him on the cover, though - it makes him look like a grumpy old man. I found a better picture, which I'm posting below. :-)
While this series deals with death, ghouls, specters, and other dark matters, there are a lot of silly, whimsical touches that keep it from being overly grim and spooky. A third book in this series is scheduled to be released in September 2007, called May Bird, Warrior Princess.
May Bird Among the Stars by Jodi Lynn Anderson (Aladdin, 2007)