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The Invisible Order#2: The Fire King

The Invisible Order#2: The Fire King

The Fire King

In book #1, Rise of the Darklings, Emily discovered that fairies, piskies, giants and all kinds of creatures actually do exist, it’s just that most people can’t see them. Emily discovers she CAN see them the day  she saves a piskie after a battle that takes place in the middle of a London street.

In this second adventure an approaching war between fairy world factions could result in the return of the Fire King, an event that will destroy our world as we know it, including all of the humans in it.

When Emily, her brother William, their friend Jack and the piskie Corrigan get sent back in time to London, they have a chance to stop the war before it starts. The problem is, they can’t agree on a way to do it. Everybody has an opinion but nobody has a plan. When William and the ever opinionated and sassy piskie Corrigan sneak off in the night to follow their own plan, Emily is left to lead her ragtag group HER way, with the very real possibility that she will never see her brother again.

Follow the two groups, one lead by William and one lead by Emily, as they gather friends, use disguises, solve riddles, sneak, fight and battle their way to an exciting epic confrontation they have to win, in order to survive. Author: Paul Crilley

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The Invisible Order Series:

#1: Rise of the Darklings on Downloadable eBook and eAudio
#2 : The Fire King

Emily and William remind me a lot of Amy and Seth in the Fablehaven books or the brother and sister in the Spiderwick Chronicles. A brother and sister can both be smart, but have two very different ways to approach problems and fight their battle. Here are some more adventure books starring brother and sister teams who battle each other…as well as the bad guys!
Fablehaven Dragons of Ordinary Farm The Alchemyst The Red Pyramid
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The Mostly True Story of Jack

The Mostly True Story of Jack

The Mostly True Story of Jack

If you’ve ever felt forgotten or ignored at home then you can probably relate to Jack. But when you read about what HIS Mom and Dad are like, you might not feel so ignored after all. Something weird is going on with Jack’s family and you can tell right away because Jack’s Mom…she can’t even remember his NAME.

Jack’s mother pointed at Jack, her face slack and dreamy. She narrowed her eyes and snapped her fingers a couple of times as though trying to remember something. Jack pressed his hand to his chest. “Jack?” he said, prompting her. “Right,” she said, bringing her hands to her face and furrowing her brow. “Jack.” (page 18)

And then you find out that at Jack’s house all of the pictures everywhere in the house are of his brother Baxter. There are no pictures of Jack, and it isn’t just because his pictures didn’t get chosen for the walls. There are no pictures of him anywhere in any photo album either. 

And so you understand that there is something very, very odd going on and no one in his life is talking…until his parent divorce and he is sent to Hazelwood, Iowa to live for a while with his Aunt Mabel and Uncle Clive –  two people he has never heard mentioned before. There is something strange about the Aunt and Uncle too, because they seem to know Jack, in fact, they have PICTURES.

“It’s me” he whispered, and he knew it was true: a picture of himself — sitting in Clive and Mabel’s living room — as a little boy. The only picture of him, as far as he knew, in existence. (page 56)

When Jack tries to write his parents letters and the letters keep disappearing you know something more is up than a family secret because the letters are not simply gone, like somebody stole them…the paper Jack wrote the letters on goes blank, like a chalkboard wiped clean, like nobody every wrote on it at all.

Creeped out yet? You will be. : ) In Iowa Jack finds himself in the middle of a big mystery starring himself. It isn’t just Jack that seems to have vanished from Hazelwood, other children have too. Where are they and what does it have to do with Jack? In Hazelwood Jack makes the first friends of his life and together they begin to unravel some powerful, magical secrets. Jack is a whole lot more than what he first appears. No way will you ever, ever figure out where this author is going until you get there. Trust me. Author: Kelly Barnhill

If you like the mysterious creepiness…the twilight zone-ish ness of Jack’s story, you might also like some of these:
Coraline Fairy Tale Detectives A Tale Dark and Grimm The Graveyard Book
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Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes

Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes

Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes

Peter Nimble is a boy on his own. Not only that, he’s blind. He fends for himself until he is “discovered” by a man who sees in Peter a chance to get rich himself. The man decides to make Peter the very best thief ever.

For the first year, he locked all the boy’s meals inside an old sea chest. If Peter wanted to eat, he had to pick the lock with his bare fingers….By the age of ten, Peter Nimble had become the greatest thief the town had ever seen. But of course no one actually saw him: they only saw the open safes and empty jewelry boxes that he left behind.” (pages 7-8)

And so his life goes until the day Peter nicks a box that has something very unusual in it – three  pairs of eyes. One made of the finest gold, one made of black onyx and one made of emeralds. The first pair of eyes begins Peter’s journey into a new life – Peter pops them in and is transported to a mysterious island where he meets Professor Cake, who has a secret mission especially for Peter – save the Vanished Kingdom from an evil, tyrant king. With the help of his loyal companion Sir Tode, a contingent of loyal birds and a Princess, Peter will battle the evil King’s ape army to free the kingdom’s children from slavery and return it’s rightful heirs to the throne. A really original fantasy adventure with a blind thief as the swashbuckling hero fighting his way toward a destiny he never could have imagined.

I have noticed a lot of really good stories lately that include unusual eyes. Mad Eye Moody isn’t the only one with a powerful eye. What is it about eyes that make them such a delicious part of a story? Maybe because they are thought of as “windows to the soul.” Here are some other fantasy adventures that include eyes doing some amazing things:
The Eyeball Collector Happenstance Found Rise of the Darklings
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Septimus Heap #6: Darke

Septimus Heap #6: Darke


In this his sixth book, Septimus Heap, the seventh son of a seventh, is fourteen. He’s been training now for four years with Marcia, the Extraordinary wizard, and he’s ready for his ultimate test – Darke Week. He must enter the Darke alone for seven days and rely on his Magyk skills. This is the training that separates an ordinary wizard from an extraordinary one. His Dad is nervous, his Mother is nervous and Marcia is nervous, but Septimus is just ready to get on with it already!

When a concealed wizard unleashes a Darke Domaine, inviting the creatures of the Darke into the castle and into the wizarding tower itself, it will take Septimus and all of his friends to keep the Darke at bay. This time no one has to go looking for the Darke, the Darke comes out looking for them.

Another magic-filled adventure that explores friendship and forgiveness and  just what it is that makes a wizard Darke. Once a wizard is Darke – can he/she ever turn back?  I really liked getting to know some of Septimus’s friends in this one – you get much more about Beetle the scribe, Princess Jenna, Septimus’s brother Simon and even Marcia.  Author: Angie Sage

The Magykal Papers

Like this one? There’s more!

#1: Magyk on CD or Downloadable Audiobook
#2: Flyte on CD
#3: Physik on CD
#4: Queste on CD
#5: Syren on CD or Downloadable Audiobook
#6: Darke on CD

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The Emerald Atlas

The Emerald Atlas

The Emerald Atals

There are serveral things in The Emerald Atlas that remind me of other books…3 kids, an orphanage,  sassy dwarves, a town of missing children, magic books, good friends, a mysterious old man with bushy white hair and eyebrows (a wizard?) and a beautiful evil woman who wants DOMINION OVER ALL THE WORLD! But there is not too much of the familiar – there is just enough to make me say, “this is just the kind of book I like!”

Kate remembers the most about that long ago Christmas Eve when she and Michael and Emma were awakened in the dead of night and spirited away. Mostly, Kate remembers her mother saying goodbye, ‘There isn’t time to explain. Promise me you’ll look after them.” (page 1) And so Kate HAS looked after Michael and Emma and has held onto the belief that their parents will find them again, no matter how many orphanges and foster homes they live in.

Moved to yet another orphange, Kate and Michael and Emma are troubled to find that in this new place only the evidence of children is there. Beds. Toys. But no other children. And the orphanage itself is the largest house the children have ever seen…except for Kate…because the exact house has been in her dreams. When an afternoon exploring leads them down a dark hall with shifting walls and doors that seem to appear out of nowhere their real adventure begins, the adventure that has to do with a prophecy…and three children, three magic books and saving the world. Author: John Stephens

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