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Venom and Song: The Berinfell Prophecies Series - Book Two

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  • Posted October 20, 2010

    Good book, but with some disappointment

    I recently finished Venom and Song, and while there were some things that I liked, I didn't think the book was very original or unique in the long term.  Here we have another story with elves that have an ancient, flowery language (this one sounded like a prettier version of Latin), a bad-guy fortress located by a volcano that's spewing lava and molten rock, and a lot of the other familiar, fantasy cliches.  

    But, there were a few things I thought were original and really popped out to me.  However, I can't say any of them in detail, or it'll give away parts of the plot.  (Smiles.)  I can say this much, though: One thing had to do with an old secret that the young elves discover, with potentially dark implications that could alter everything as they know it.  It was a very grabbing part of the story, and I'm not overstating that.  This secret also leads to an interesting glimpse of how God reveals Himself to the different races of Allyra (the fantasy world of the book).

    Another part of the book I liked was when the elves discovered the Rainsong, but you'd have to read it to know what that part was about.  And finally, the third part that I enjoyed... hmm... how do I say this without giving anything away?  Well, let's just say it had to do with the leading antagonist of the story, and someone very... close... to him, and an intriguing transformation (I'll just call it that) that they both went through. 

    All in all: Lovers of fantasy will enjoy this book for sure, but if you're a little tired of fantasy cliches, parts of it may feel tedious to you.  If you've already read Book 1, Curse of the Spider King, and enjoyed it, then you won't want to miss the sequel, because it has even more exciting adventures and plot twists than the first one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2010

    Interesting Read for Young Adults

    As an avid fantasy lover, I was thrilled to receive a copy of VENOM AND SONG by Wayne Thomas Batson and Christopher Hopper, from Thomas Nelson, ISBN 978-1-4003-15062. It is the second novel in the series entitled the Berinfell Prophecies. This young adult novel involves seven Elf Lords who must stop the Spider King, who wishes to kill them. Perhaps due to the fact that I have not read the first book, I found the beginning chapters to be very confusing. Many characters were introduced at once, and it was challenging to keep track of who had what special ability. The world was also difficult to imagine at times, and I wished for more details in order to form a more concrete image in my mind while reading. Once I managed to keep the characters straight in my head, the novel became exciting. Each character is fully realized. Dialogue is snappy and realistic. Before the novel begins, the authors have included a list of places and names, which helps, but it becomes tedious to constantly flip back and forth. The cover is shiny, complete with a castle, a giant red beam, and people riding on huge birds and insects. Certainly, this is the kind of cover that will attract young adults. The characters are also very relatable to today's teenagers. Since there is such a wide variety, the reader will certainly be able to connect with at least one. Despite flaws, the heroes are wholesome, perfect for teens to root for!

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