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Reviewed by Melissa Tanaka for Readers' Favorite
Beacon (Lantern #2) by Chess Desalls is the second book in the Lantern universe. No longer welcome in her own home, a young woman named Serah Kettel takes a highly sought after apprenticeship with Master Machin, a celestial mechanic who works with a special form of tektite to create a distinct type of lantern. She is given the task of opening one of the lanterns, but when she finally figures out how to do so, she is trapped within the lantern and transported several hundred years into the future. She manages to make her way back to her home, only to find that somehow time has passed much more quickly than she thought.
Beacon (Lantern #2) by Chess Desalls is a wondrous novella whose magical realism will captivate and delight readers of all ages. A wonderful, wonderful read! Chess Desalls is incredibly talented with descriptive language and giving the reader an idea of where characters are and what exactly they are doing. Desalls is an expert when it comes to world building, seamlessly immersing you in a story rich with sensory details and descriptions that make you feel as though you’re standing right alongside Serah herself. Serah is a character you cannot help but root for. As you read and learn more about this universe, you will find yourself admiring Serah’s strength and the way she aims to accomplish whatever task is put before her. As Desalls notes, Beacon (Lantern #2) is not a continuation of Lantern and can be read as a standalone novella; however, you will find that reading Beacon is like unlocking the door to the Lantern universe and taking a peek inside - you can’t help but want to push open that door and find out more.