Review: “In the Serpent’s Wake” by Rachel Hartman

Release Date: March 1, 2022
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Series: Tess of the Road #2
Genre: YA, Fantasy



OPEN YOUR EYES.At the bottom of the world lies a Serpent, the last of its kind.

Finding the Serpent will change lives.Tess is a girl on a mission to save a friend.

Spira is a dragon seeking a new identity.

Marga is an explorer staking her claim on a man’s world.

Jacomo is a priest searching for his soul.There are those who would give their lives to keep it hidden.

And those who would destroy it.But the only people who will truly find the Serpent are those who have awakened to the world around them–with eyes open to the wondrous, the terrible, and the just.

My Thoughts

I didn’t plan to fall in love with Rachel Hart­man’s Tess of the Road. I went in expecting a light fantasy quest with dragons and ended up with a powerful coming-of-age story about trauma and finding your place in the world. Four years later, we are finally gifted with the sequel, In the Serpent’s Wake, or as I have been calling it, “Tess of the Sea.” Picking up right where we last left Tess, the sequel expands on her personal and physical journeys by filtering them through a lens of anti-colonialism.

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