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Amethyst Eyes: The Legend Comes to Life by Debbie Brown is the sequel to Amethyst Eyes. It picks up three years after the conclusion of the previous novel. Now eighteen, Tommy has started specific training along with Jayden. Tommy continues to struggle with his desire to return to his old life on Earth and he is missing his mother. Tommy anxiously awaits news of whether or not Earth is doomed and if its inhabitants will need to be relocated. Tommy's link to his father's feelings and emotions remains intense, but he starts feeling a link to Jayden as well. Confused and unsure of what everything means, he continues to struggle with where he fits into his father's society. Danger lurks in the wings for Tommy and his father, and they realize their society is ill prepared for dealing with spies and saboteurs. Tommy's Earth-learned skills prove to be an asset as he teaches the society about background checks and security measures. This really helps him feel he belongs.
Amethyst Eyes: The Legend Comes to Life by Debbie Brown is a great coming of age tale and does its prequel (Amethyst Eyes) justice. Tommy and Jayden's budding relationship is funny, sweet and awkward, as young love can be - yet refreshingly it isn't the only focus of the novel. Young readers will identify with Tommy and Jayden, as well as Tommy's group of friends. The Native American healing remedies and beliefs fit in very well with the concept of the story. While the end of the tale wraps up nicely, it could easily pave the way for further adventures.