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When Priests of the Holy Grail show up in Magnus, Thomas flees the castle and sets out on a journey to the Holy Land in search of answers. He runs into Katherine along the way and is convinced that she is a Druid. Katherine, however, is convinced that Thomas is the Druid. And so they reluctantly partner up, even though they cannot trust the other.
This in book three in the series, and while I enjoyed the continuing story, this book was filled with traveling and waiting for the next big thing to happen. So that felt a bit anti-climactic in the end. But I still enjoyed the characters and the unfolding mystery. These books are very well written and so short that I can read them in a day. Perhaps they’ll publish them all in one volume at some point. Looking forward to the final installment.
Age Range: 12 and up
Genre: historical fiction (medieval)
Part of a Series: book three in the Merlin’s Immortals series
Review by Jill Williamson
Cantor has trained his whole life to be a realm walker. He sets off through a portal on his first solo journey and is immediately caught up in an adventure. And while he makes new friends with another realm walker and two dragons—including one who likes to shop—he also discovers that the world is corrupt. Even the members of the Realm Walkers Guild cannot be trusted. There are few heroes left in all the realms, and Cantor and his new friends step up to the challenge.
This book was delightful. Donita K. Paul has crafted a complex and whimsical storyworld. I loved how her realms sat on different planes and were shifting dangerously. I loved the portals that enabled realm walkers to travel between the planes. And, most of all, I loved the shape-shifting dragons, especially Bridger and his cat. Just mentioning some of these fun facts to my children got them excited to read the book for themselves. (My daughter is especially intrigued about the dragon’s pet cat.)
This is a story about characters. The plot unravels slowly, building the storyworld and setting up the rest of the series, but the characters each grew in this story. And I look forward to seeing what happens to them next. This is a wonderful new series for readers, both young and old. Give it a try.
Age Range: 12 and up
Part of a Series: book one in the Realm Walkers series
You can read the first few chapters of One Realm Beyond in the Scribd box below. And if you’d like to find out what other bloggers are saying about this new fantasy series, check out these links.
Julie Bihn ● Keanan Brand ● Beckie Burnham ● Mike Coville ● Pauline Creeden ● Vicky DealSharingAunt ● Carol Gehringer ● Rebekah Gyger ● Janeen Ippolito ● Jason Joyner ● Carol Keen ● Krystine Kercher ● Emileigh Latham ● Jennette Mbewe ● Shannon McDermott ● Meagan @ Blooming with Books ● Melanie @ Christian Bookshelf Reviews ● Rebecca LuElla Miller ● Joan Nienhuis ● Nissa ● Donita K. Paul ● Audrey Sauble ● Chawna Schroeder ● James Somers ● Jojo Sutis ● Jessica Thomas ● Steve Trower ● Shane Werlinger ● Jill Williamson ● Deborah Wilson
Zondervan/Blink has put the ebook of Captives on sale to celebrate the release of Outcasts. Click on the image below to see the interactive ad, as mine is just a copy of their image. Or you can click on these links to find the ebooks.
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Stephanie is the author of The Reinvention of Skylar Hoyt series, The Revised Life of Ellie Sweet, and the award-winningGo Teen Writers: How to Turn Your First Draft into a Published Book. She enjoys encouraging and teaching teen writers on her blog, www.GoTeenWriters.com. You can also find her online at www.StephanieMorrill.com
All of my Marcher Lord Press ebooks are on sale for .99 this week as well as the Go Teen Writers ebook. So if you haven’t grabbed them yet, now is a great time.
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For the week of December 1 through December 7, the Go Teen Writers ebook is on sale for .99! If you haven’t grabbed this handy little book, now is your chance. The Go Teen Writers ebook is available in the Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and Amazon online stores. It would also make a great Christmas gift for any young writers you know.
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Ela is soon to be married, until the Infinite calls her to be a prophet. But no prophet has ever been a girl, and she is only seventeen! Yet she cannot refuse the Infinite, and agrees to serve him as prophet and obey his voice at all times, even when his commands don’t make sense.
The Infinite sends her to Istgard, a place where the people have turned their backs on the Infinite. There she meets Kein, a young ambassador from Traceland, who is being held captive. Ela wants only to warn the people of Istgard to follow the Infinite, but Kein wants to get away. They end up working together to help the people of Istgard, and eventually Traceland as well. When romantic feelings for Kien crop up, Ela must fight them, for all prophets die young.
This book was beautiful! I loved it. Especially Kein. Ela was a little too perfect sometimes for a seventeen-year-old, though I suppose a prophet would have to be a special kind of person. But it did make it a little hard to relate to her at times. I adored Kein and wanted to read more of his story. The fantasy world was well built. As I read, I kept thinking it was Biblical fiction, though, as the land and the kingdoms felt very similar to 9th century B.C. Regardless, I really enjoyed it and read it in two days. This is the first book in a trilogy, and I’m eager to read the next two books.
When Validus’s substitute teacher turns out to be a monster and tries to attack her, she and her friend Alex flee with two new students through a portal that takes them to another world. There the new students transform to their regular selves, a tiger and a horse, both of which can talk! Validus learns that she is a paladin, a person who is meant to protect Earth from the Blight, a darkness that seeks to destroy everything in its path. Validus isn’t sure that she is a paladin, but there is no time to talk about it. The monster chases her into the fantasy world, and she must flee with the tiger and horse to the Cidadel for help.
Alex got separated from Validus and is befriended by a rock man. Together he and the rock man do what they can to help Validus and keep her safe. The question is: can Validus find the Sword of Six Worlds before the Blight destroys them all?
This was a super fun middle grade fantasy story. I enjoyed all the talking animals and the adventure. The story also had a nice moral at the end. I read this aloud to my kids, and they both loved it, especially when Validus was mistaken for a goat. Whimsical fun for young readers. If you have readers aged 8-12 around the house, give this book a try.
I’ve been dying to read the conclusion to this series, and I’m so glad I finally got the chance. This is book three in the Angel Eyes trilogy. The first book, Angel Eyes (click here to read my review), and the second, Broken Wings (click here to read my review), were both amazing, and I couldn’t wait to see how it all ended.
Brielle can see the Celestial realm, and there’s a war going on, right in her hometown of Stratus, Oregon. Angels and demons are fighting to the death over the souls of men. It’s a terrifying sight to see. And it’s even harder now that she and Jake have been parted. He was taken by Damien, so Brielle keeps watch over the trunk in Canaan’s room for word or clue from the Throne Room. One clue leads to another, which leads to another. Jake and Brielle both have mysteries to solve. What happened to Ali? Who was Jake’s father? How is Olivia involved in all this? And how was Brielle’s mother connected to it all? Their investigation leads to all the answers in a satisfying conclusion. Loved it!
I so enjoy Shannon Dittemore’s writing, her characters, and the way she tells a story. I’m sad this was the end, and I can’t wait to read whatever book she writes next. This trilogy was fascinating, and I highly recommend it.
Age Range: 8-12
Part of a Series: book three in the Angel Eyes series
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
To support Shannon, I’m going to buy someone a paperback copy of Dark Halo! International entries are welcome. Giveaway ends November 8th, 2013. To enter to win you can: tell me what is your favorite Halloween candy, follow Shannon on Twitter, tweet about this giveaway, or “Like” Shannon’s Facebook page. Good luck! (If you win and would rather have book one in the series, I’m happy to give away that book instead.)