To read my review of the first book in this series click here: Inside the Shadow City.
The Empress's Tomb (Kiki Strike #2)
Author: Kirsten Miller
Premise: "Fourteen-year-olds Ananka Fishbein, Kiki Strike, and the other
Irregulars encounter a Chinese mummy, a ghost, trained squirrels, and
old enemies as they try to stop an art forgery ring and safeguard the
secret streets hidden beneath New York City" (King County Library System).
Opinions: The group of Irregulars, who were founded in book one (Kiki Strike: Inside the Shadow City), continue to be a fantastic mix of personalities and talents. The Empress's Tomb is a perfect sequel in that it retained several aspects of the first book that I adored, but still increased the level of intrigue dramatically. I still LOVE Ananka. I loved seeing her delve into issues of faith in others. I loved wondering if the Irregulars would stand through amazing trials as true friends, or be torn apart by mistrust. I love the diversity in characters. I also enjoyed seeing the interactions between several of the girls and their "parents". This series is a brilliant one for focusing on the inner strength and self-worth of teen girls. The plot is intriguing and the twists engaging. I highly recommend this for anyone who enjoys a great adventure.