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Kid Review: The Second Siege

Kid Review: The Second Siege

The Second Siege

Twelve-year-old Max and his allies risk much as they seek to acquire the Book of Origins, an artifact of unimaginable power, in hopes of halting the ancient evil that is bringing the world to its knees. Series: The Tapestry Author: Henry H. Neff

Here’s what Samantha has to say about The Second Siege:

This book is amazing! I absolutely loved reading it. At dinner I got yelled at for reading at the table, I couldn’t put that thing down! Henry H. Neff is an awesome author and if you liked the Harry Potter series then you will find these books highly appealing. But BEWARE Henry has only written two of these and is in the process of writing the third. He left the story a cliff hanger and you won’t wanna miss the first two.

And here’s more from Samantha about The Hound of Roman:

The Tapestry series are great! This book was fabulous! So, sit back as thrilling main characters take you on an adventure you’ll never forget! The sequel to this book is The Second Siege. Don’t miss this thrilling novel and check it out at your local library!


The Tapestry Series:

#1: The Hound of Rowan Available on CD
#2: The Second Siege
#3: The Fiend and the Forge Available on CD
#4: The Maelstrom
#5: The Red Winter Available Fall 2013

Here is the first Tapestry book, The Hound of Rowan, plus two more adventures in worlds where monsters, trolls & demons are alive and well:
The Hound of Rowan The Beyonders The Ring of Solomon
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The Chestnut King

The Chestnut King

The Chestnut King

In Book 1: The 100 Cupboards Henry York found 99 cupboards hidden behind the plaster in his bedroom wall. The doors lead to other worlds and one door lead to Henry’s real home and his real parents. In Book 2: Dandelion Fire Henry learned about himself and the power of the dandelion fire that burns inside him. In this, book 3, Henry faces the evil that has been after him from the beginning. If he doesn’t win the battle everything he knows will be gone, everyone he knows will be gone. What kind of evil is Henry facing?

…[She] reached into the wicker cage and pulled out a bird. It blinked in the sun, wobbled, and slumped on her palm. She closed her fingers around it…She opened her hand and released a small pile of ash into the wind. It swirled and descended, dusting the surface of the lifeless pond. It was a small life, but she savored it. Greater lives would come. Inhaling slowly, she reached for another bird.

Wow. She devours life with just the touch of her fingers. This witch, she’s ice cold. The minions that she sends out to hunt Henry and his family are ruthless. They don’t care if their victims are old or young or helpless. The tension in this story stays really tight through the whole book. There is no let up in the suspense and the action. That makes you feel Henry’s urgency and makes for a very exciting read. Henry discovers that his only hope is the Chestnut King. The Chestnut King will help, but at a price. Is Henry willing to pay that price to save everything he cares about?

I really liked the characters around Henry in his story.  He has companions that are helping him fight the fight. He has his father and his grandmother, a couple uncles, his cousins and his wonderful, acid tongued friend, Franklin Fat-Faerie. Pay close attention to Fat Frank, and that’s all I’m going to say. Author N.D. Wilson

Watch an Interview with the Author:

100 Cupboards Series:

#1: 100 Cupboards on CD, Downloadable eBook or eAudiobook
#2: Dandelion Fire on CD, Downloadable eBook or eAudiobook
#3: The Chestnut King on CD, or Downloadable eAudiobook

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Dreamdark: Silksinger

Dreamdark: Silksinger


Dreamdark is a wonderful, imagined place full of faeries and hobgoblins and dragons and imps and dragonflies and moths and other creatures. Look at the cover. Check out that sword, and the facial tattoos. It worked perfectly for my imagination. The picture brings to vivid life this tale of a battle against the forces of evil fought by some faeries that can really “bring it”!

The heroes in this story are faeries; small enough to ride on the back of a bird but gifted with magic as well as passionate loyalty. These faeries are not fairies; they are not pixies or Tinkerbells or the little creatures in The Spiderwick Chronicles. These faeries are warriors. Meet them:

Magpie Windwitch: Tough, loyal, experienced warrior, possesses special magical powers she is just learning to control. She doesn’t like to brush her hair, that’s not her thing. Magpie is all action. She’s also champion to the Djinn King who has given her a task to collect five hidden Djinn that can help him save her world.

Talon: Magpie’s right hand. He’s a Scamperer Faerie. He doesn’t have his own wings but has crafted himself magic wings out of spidersilk. He’s strong and fast with good instincts. He’s the guy you want to watch your back – he’s got Magpie’s at all times.

Whisper Silksinger: A quiet girl from a family of weavers. She’s small and fragile. She can’t fly, but she can weave a magic carpet and fly on that. She can conjure and do spells. Her clan lives in secrecy on an island she has never been away from. She thinks she’s not a warrior, but oh, she’s a warrior all right.

Hirik: Determined to become a champion even though his clan has been exhiled for a betrayal that occurred long before he was born. Hirik knows what it is to be the ousider and will fight to protect the weak, the underdog and the fragile little faerie named Whisper.

These four share devotion to family, friends & to a cause. Their stories begin separately, but they eventually meet to take on the very worst kind of evil, the kind that passes itself off as a friend. Dreamdark is an exotic place, where powerful Devils hide in bottles & where singing makes silk weave itself into flying carpets. Author: Laini Taylor

Dreamdark #1: Blackbringer
Dreamdark #2: Silksinger

The setting of Silksinger is exotic and interesting but the real appeal to me is the four friends and how they make up a team. They have the same appeal as Percy, Anabelle, Grover & Tyson or Harry, Ron & Hermione. If you like that kind of tight friendship where each person makes the group stronger, try some of these out. These stories are also set in fantastic places:
Ruins of Gorlan The Lost Conspiracy The  Nine Pound Hammer Dragon Games
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Kid Review: Horns and Wrinkles

Kid Review: Horns and Wrinkles

Horns & Wrinkles

“Along a magic-saturated stretch of the Mississippi River near Blue Wing, Minnesota, twelve-year-old Claire and her bullying cousin Duke are drawn into an adventure involving Bodacious Deepthink the Great Rock Troll, a helpful fairy, and a group of trolls searching for their fathers.”

I haven’t read this one but Delaney sure makes it sound good:

Delaney Says: This book is awesome!!!It is full of adventure,excitement, and laughter!!!

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The Books of Umber: Dragon Games

The Books of Umber: Dragon Games

Happenstance FoundIn The Books of Umber Book 1: Happenstance Found, Lord Umber found a boy with no memory. There were unusual things about the boy besides his startlingly green eyes. For one, he never slept. Ever. He could see in the dark and he could jump high…Superman high.

In this second adventure, Lord Umber has taken the boy, Happenstance or Hap, as his ward. That means Lord Umber is Hap’s guardian since his parents and family are unknown. Lord Umber is determined to find out who Hap is and where he came from. He also wants to know more about Hap’s unusual abilities.

Hap loves his new life living in Lord Umber’s castle and he loves his new friends there. There is a library and extraordinary things for Hap to study that Lord Umber has collected in his travels. It’s taking longer, though, for Hap to get used to Lord Umber himself. In the same way that Hap takes comfort in home and desires the routines of a household where he can study and explore, Lord Umber desires reckless adventure. Once his curiousity sets in there is no stopping Lord Umber from finding out what he wants to know, no matter the cost or danger to himself, or the people around him. It’s exciting to be around Lord Umber, but scary too!

Lord Umber receives an invitation to a neighboring kingdom to attend dragon games.  Umber can hardly contain his excitement. What are dragon games? Could there possibly be REAL dragons involved? Lord Umber thinks so and he doesn’t want left out of the action. Umber reminds me a lot of Han Solo only he travels the sea on a ship instead of hurtling through space in a spaceship. Lord Umber is always on the lookout for mythical monsters and magical things that most people think are the stuff of legends and stories.  To see an actual dragon is something he just can’t pass up. Hap is not so excited about leaving on another adventure and neither is Lord Umber’s right hand man Oates. Here is what Oates thinks about Lord Umber and this new adventure:

You’re reckless. You can’t find a beehive without wanting to stick your hand inside. You want to discover things, and you don’t care if you risk our lives along the way. I think one of these days you’ll get one of us killed.

Oates can be so straight with his boss because he just can’t help it. He lives under a curse that requires him to always tell the truth! Lord Umber brushes off all the concerns and the ship sails straight into the unknown, just the way Lord Umber likes it.  In no time the companions are caught up in wild and fantastic adventures involving sea monsters, talking spiders, miniature creatures with gnashing teeth, spewing volcanoes, betrayal within a royal family and yes, dragons! The question is, will this adventure get them any closer to finding out Hap’s true identity? Author: P.W. Catanese

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