Over the summer between her freshman and sophomore years at the Whitmore Institute – a government facility secretly known as the School for Psychics – Teddy Cannon spends her every-waking moment researching and reading about cold cases and assassinations presumed to have been conducted by psychics. Her research becomes her obsession, and she slowly starts to knit together the threads of the Patriot Corps, a renegade group of psychics working against the government.
In the second installation of the trilogy, KC Archer’s The Astral Traveler’s Daughter, delves deeper into Teddy’s back story: she finds out more about her birth parents, and she strives to redeem herself for her friend Molly’s disappearance – a loss for which Teddy blames herself. The enhanced rigor of training and classes helps Teddy focus; everything has become increasingly more difficult, but Teddy tackles each new obstacle with drive and determination. And through the new classes Teddy also learns about a special connection with her mother, something that makes her uniquely able to alter time and the past. However, she must walk a fine line for fear of the butterfly effect, and the consequences of her alterations threaten to change her world.
Written with the purposeful action, vivid characters, and intriguing mystery readers came to admire in the first book, KC Archer’s The Astral Traveler’s Daughter is as enthralling as it is entertaining. For people who enjoy Lev Grossman’s The Magicians for its cast of millennial roustabouts and those who love the time-altering weaving of Deborah Harkness’s All Soul’s Trilogy, this second installment has everything to offer.