Title: The Quest to the Uncharted Lands
Author: Jaleigh Johnson
Series: Solace #3
For the first time, the Merrow and Dragonfly kingdoms have a cooperative mission launching to explore the uncharted lands over the mountains. Stella Glass really wants to be on the ship, but since the crew is tightly restricted, she has no choice but to stow away. Then she runs into a boy who introduces unexpected complications to her journey, and a saboteur who wants the whole expedition to fail . . .
Like the other two Solace books, this one stands alone, although it has a few nods to some events that happened in Mark of the Dragonfly and The Secrets of Solace.
I liked that Stella has such a strong relationship with her parents, and her parents are good, loving parents whose care for her drives a lot of her conflicts. She can’t bear the thought of being separated from them, or possibly losing them to an unknown fate, so she determines to stow away to be reunited with them come what may in the new lands. I also liked that she’s not stupid when that affection is used against her by the villain.
Cyrus was my favorite, though. He’s secretive but not dishonest, and as Stella uncovers more of his secrets, she finds out a few things about adventures and how to react to new discoveries. I liked both who he was and what he was, and how he and Stella push each other to their best.
Overall this was an excellent addition to the Solace books, and I would love to see more. I rate this book Highly Recommended.