Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
The Translucent Boy and the Children of Ice is a work of fiction in the fantasy and adventure subgenres. It forms the fifth and final book of The Translucent Boy series and is penned by Tom Hoffman. Intended for the young adult and older middle-grade reading audience, this charming book concludes a stellar series following the exploits of Odo, Sephie, and the rest of the gang. A visit to a flower show leads the crew to another time entirely, where the secrets of 1749 uncover a desperate plea for help. Odo and the crew must combine all of their unusual powers for this final escapade if they are to survive the deadly approach of the Children of Ice, controlled by a great and terrible force.
Tom Hoffman has always delivered incredible content in his highly engaging series and I’m sad to see the series end but it was a fantastic way to do it. The stakes have never been higher and the mysteries have never been trickier to unravel than this last adventure, and the titular Children of Ice are terrifying to behold through Hoffman’s lens of creative, cinematic, and multisensory description. It was also emotional to see the conclusion of Sephie’s journey as I’ve always been attached to her and her abilities. Her intellect is celebrated and foregrounded in this story in particular. Overall, I would not hesitate to recommend that fans of the series get their hands on The Translucent Boy and the Children of Ice immediately, and newcomers to Hoffman’s magical writing should start Odo’s adventures as soon as they can.