The Keeper’s Six

Tor.com. Jan. 2023. 208p. ISBN 9781250769077. $19.99. FANTASY
Esther’s son has been kidnapped. So she’ll have to take her disgraced band of intrepid explorers out into the Beyond, outside the settled worlds of which Earth is a hidden, backwater trade outpost. Her son has been added to a dragon’s hoard, but she will get him back. Because that’s what she does: walk the spaces between the worlds to pick up magical packages from bizarre places, rescue people and creatures she’s not even supposed to see, and get herself and her troop into exciting and dangerous places—and back out again. Esther is addicted to the adrenaline of her work even as she’s forced to confront that her days at it are numbered and it puts her friends and loved ones at a bigger risk than she imagined. But she hasn’t lost her sense of wonder at it all, and the reader experiences it with her.
VERDICT The latest from Elliott (Servant Mage) is a rollicking magical adventure with a beating heart. Recommended for readers who like their portal fantasies to step through actual portals and especially for those who fell in love with the hidden linked worlds of Ilona Andrews’s “Innkeepers Chronicles” series.
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