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Posted May 3, 2008
As Amelia Maylock, Book Two opens, the reader finds the brave protagonist beginning her eighth year at Crown Meade Grammar School. Anxiously awaiting her thirteenth birthday, Amelia is also anticipating the various unknown adventures upon which she will soon embark. Her evil twin sister, Erryaz, is still wreaking havoc in other dimensions, and Amelia has still been charged with the recovery of the remaining hidden jewels scattered throughout the universe, without which the battle to end her sister¿s tyranny is inevitably lost. So, while her schoolmates all reflect on the various countrysides, beaches, and other getaways they traveled to over the course of their summer vacations, Amelia reflects on the multitude of dimensions that she explored, the mystical languages she studied, and the daunting monsters she battled in her ongoing quest for cosmic justice. Little does she know, though, her true tests & trials have yet to begin. Although the responsibility for the defeat of her sister rests squarely on her solitary shoulders, Amelia begins to receive increased assistance in preparing herself for the ultimate showdown. This assistance comes primarily in the form of a mysterious voice that seemingly guides her through challenge after challenge, apparently with her best interests at heart. The owner of the voice never reveals himself, though, and, even when Amelia consults with the trusted old hag, as well as her friend, Anin, not even they can shed greater insight on the true nature of the emergent helper. Despite her lingering reservations, though, Amelia proceeds with caution in accepting the voice¿s advice & counsel, laying the foundation for their budding relationship. The balance of action in Ellis¿ enjoyable novella tracks Amelia¿s increasingly harrowing adventures, including dangerous dimension-jumping, startling revelations, and the survival of serious personal injury. Much like the first book in the Amelia Maylock series, Ellis¿ imagination and creativity shine as bright spots in a luminescent tale of unchecked bravery and courage under fire. The collective appeal of his supporting cast of characters adds genuine flavor to an already enjoyable tome, and his compelling storytelling keeps the reader engaged as each new flip of the page reveals an even deeper hidden truth. Amelia Maylock, Book Two is sure to please readers of all ages, from young to old and everyone in-between, and Ellis¿ growing fan base will surely stand at rapt attention in anticipation of the next volume in this delightful series.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.