Destined for Doon
Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon
In this sequel to Doon, Mackenna starts off miserable in Chicago–alone and away from her best friend (who became the Queen of Doon in the first book) and her true love (who she jilted because she wasn’t sure he was her true love until it was too late). Now Duncan is back and asking her to travel back to Doon with him (because the Queen has need of her, not because he can’t live without her). So Mackenna goes to help Veronica save Doon and the world that they both love.
Just like the previous book, this story is told from alternating points of view (Mackenna and Veronica). Although, Mackenna does have the larger story in this novel (which is only fair since Veronica had the majority of the story from the last book). However, unlike the last book, the evil fighting Doon was a little confusing to me. Limbus flowers are blooming all over the edges of Doon, and they will soon encircle Doon and trap all the citizens within the magical kingdom. Only Mackenna can see just exactly what this limbus flower does…to everyone else it is just some foggy evil. But just where and what exactly is it? Even after reading the end of the book it is a little unclear as to how it all was able to come about and try to destroy Doon. (The previous plot made so much more sense when there was an actual person combating the safety of Doon. This is a person, but a zombie witch or an image or something… I didn’t really get it. Nor do I know if they actually finished her off or if she will continue to appear in future volumes of the series). And the whole Duncan breaking a promise thing seemed like they were reaching there.
However, no matter how confusing some of the book was, there is no denying that readers who wondered what happened to Mackenna will be pleased to know her story did not end the moment she stepped off the Bridge of Doon. Although, the last page or two of this story seemed to jolt readers out of their “happily ever after” moment with a startling cliff-hanger that hopefully will be solved in another future volume. Which was a bit frustrating. I would have been much happier if I could have lived in a happy moment at the end of the book, rather than waiting for this endless “will everything be okay in Doon?” feeling.
If readers love Doon and the characters, they will be happy to read this book. If only to be frustrated that they have to wait again. Good characters, clever concept. Just a little frustration thrown in for fun. Yet I still plan on reading future books. Even with the frustration I feel invested enough to want to know what happens to these characters. Although seeing how there are four books projected for this series…I suspect the third book will have the uneasy cliff-hanger ending as well. Here’s hoping all will end well in the fourth book, and that it will get here soon…
FORMAT: Historical, Time Travel, Fantasy
AGES: Middle School, High School