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The Trickster's Totem: Relics of Mysticus (Volume 2)

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  • Posted May 26, 2014

    Well the second installment in the Relics of Mysticus series did

    Well the second installment in the Relics of Mysticus series did NOT disappoint! Once again we are thrust into the mysterious and charming world of Sagaas and all it's magic. Dunkle shows up unexpectedly and of course needs help to stop yet another disaster from occurring in the Sagaas world. This one though is not underwater, and the book is based on the rich Native American landscape. To me the Native Americans are so mystical and amazing by themselves, but add to the mix Claire and Evan and their newly-found and still-developing powers just makes it that much more exciting! I also love the "totems" that the kids all develop as well - something new to add to the mix and very interesting for their characters.

    The Coyote Trickster is so hilarious - I literally laughed out loud at some of his tricks - even though he does bad things it is hard to completely hate him as with any trickster. My thoughts on the Coyote Trickster are that he doesn't do things to hurt people intentionally, he does them for fun and he seems to be bored. Just my take on his actions, but I almost feel sorry for him because before he is unleashed he is alone and held captive.

    In these novels I love the way the kids and Dunkle travel through the worlds, it is always something new and fantastical. And Claire meeting Chayton - sparks are a-flying :) It will be interesting to see how their relationship and Evan's reaction will play out in the next novel.

    Five stars for this book too, it's an awesomely fantastic journey for kids young AND old (like me LOL). But it is all clean, no parent has to worry about bad words or content in these books that I could see! All in all a great read :)

    ***I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review***

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  • Posted June 8, 2013

    H.B. Bolton scores full marks for her sequel, THE TRICKSTER¿S TO

    H.B. Bolton scores full marks for her sequel, THE TRICKSTER’S TOTEM, in the Relics of Mysticus series.  Claire and Evan are adjusting to life in the normal world (although they still have their powers acquired from their first adventure) when Dunkle the Imp interrupts their school day with grave news: another relic has been stolen.  Unlike many MG fantasies, this is not about good verses evil.  This concept of gray characters and cause and consequence doesn’t typically exist in books written for this age level, but the underlying morals are cleverly hidden beneath a fast-pace and entertaining quest.  It’s refreshing that adults/elders are respected and good role models.  Claire and Evan come from a good family and have no problem with authority – unlike Harry Potter or Percy Jackson.  It’s a clean read that is appropriate for all age levels.

    The interactions between Claire and Evan make them come to life.  Evan has self-centered tendencies, where he focuses only on what he wants to achieve and not how his actions will influence the lives of others.  Claire is quick to point out her brother’s mistakes and make him seem more of a jerk than he actually is.  She wins brownie points from their comrades for being the more mature and better behaved of the two, although she isn’t perfect herself.

    I felt that THE TRICKSTER’S TOTEM was far more polished than its predecessor, although I think that THE SERPENT’S RING is a must read for you to understand how the siblings are tied to the magical world.  I read the book in full the moment I received it.  The book ends with just enough closure to tie up the reason for their return trip and then a teaser for the next adventure for the siblings.  If you enjoy MG fantasy or prefer “clean fantasy”, then I recommend that you check out book one and two in the Relics of Mysticus series by H.B. Bolton.

    (I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.)

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  • Posted June 2, 2013

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    Claire and Evan have returned the Serpents ring to its rightful

    Claire and Evan have returned the Serpents ring to its rightful owner and are now back to their normal lives. But in the middle of school, Dunkle, a small imp, appears in Evan's school, and has bad news. The Trickster's Totem has fallen into the wrong hands, releasing another monster. Mica, the Coyote Trickster, a mischievous creature from the Native American Spirt World. The Trickster sets fire to a field of corn, making popcorn. He carves his face into totems and other artifacts. Evan and Claire now must travel to Sagaas, find the Trickster's Totem and capture Mica,  all while encountering annoying Pains (or fairies), Bigfoot-like C'iatqos, a trouble-causing mermaid, and creepy moth-men called Aces, and most surprisingly, dragons!The Trickster's Totem is a sequel to The Serpents Ring, so I recommend you read that first. I didn't feel connected to Evan, due to the fact that he feels like he can leave the group at any time, and I wasn't to connected to Claire, because she is slightly boy crazy, and I couldn't flirt even if my life depended on it. You could tell this book is fantasy by looking at the gorgeous cover, and I love fantasy books.Nothing in this book was annoying, though I'm glad Evan didn't always stay with the group, because it did add some interesting details to the book. The flow was good. Not to fast or too slow. I would love to read other books by H.B Bolton, and this book is telling me their is a third book, so I'm excited to read. The Trickster's Totem is a book I would recommend to kids ages 9-13, and would be a great book to read aloud. 

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