Dr. Sigmundus: The Resurrection Fields (LIBRARY EDITION)

Dr. Sigmundus: The Resurrection Fields (LIBRARY EDITION)

by Brian Keaney, Nicoletta Ceccoli

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“Keaney's concoction of sci-fi, horror, and fantasy is remarkably effective. Sigmundus is a villain who will haunt readers.”—The Bulletin

Beginning where Book 2, The Cracked Mirror, left off, this finale to the Promises of Dr. Sigmundus trilogy takes readers into bizarre realms with fanciful creatures, continuing its signature


“Keaney's concoction of sci-fi, horror, and fantasy is remarkably effective. Sigmundus is a villain who will haunt readers.”—The Bulletin

Beginning where Book 2, The Cracked Mirror, left off, this finale to the Promises of Dr. Sigmundus trilogy takes readers into bizarre realms with fanciful creatures, continuing its signature exploration of the price of freedom and self-determination. Focusing on the ongoing struggles of its teenaged protagonists, Dante and Bea, it is a journey at once thrilling and thoughtful, with plenty to offer for pure reading enjoyment and book discussion. This trilogy is satisfying for fantasy fans but also accessible to the less-than-hardcore genre enthusiast.

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Chris Carlson
In the final book in The Promises of Dr. Sigmundus trilogy, Dante and Bea manage to complete their destiny by defeating the evil Orobus, the authoritarian leader behind Dr. Sigmundus. Although it appears that Dante has become part of the evil plot, he only transfers over his physical body to Orobus, whereas his spirit remains alive within the body of a bird as he continues to fight the tyranny. Bea finds that she must join with the faithful in order to defeat them. Helped by an unlikely source, her father, Bea is forced to choose between saving herself or sacrificing her life to save others. After she chooses the latter, the book ends with Dante and Bea meeting again as strangers, making readers contemplate whether the entire story has just been a dream. This fantasy comes to life with vivid descriptions, well-developed characters, and engaging action. Drawing on the universal theme of good versus evil, Keaney forces readers to contemplate the effects of authoritarianism, the responsibilities of freedom, and the choices humankind must make for the greater good, making it a good book for group discussion. By choosing to tell the story in three manageable reads rather than publishing the three books together in one long volume, more readers may be drawn to the trilogy. Those who choose to read this book first will certainly want to read the previous two books to fully enjoy the adventure. Reviewer: Chris Carlson
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up—In this third book in the trilogy, the evil dictator is dead. Dante and Bea have been fighting him all along, but now it appears that Dante has crossed over to the evil side and when the dictator's replacement is announced, it is none other than Dante himself. The story is told alternately from Bea's point of view and then Dante's. Bea has her own fight on hand; from her, readers learn of the government's plan to get its citizens to eat a strange food for the "health benefits" it offers. It isn't long before the Big Brother elements become apparent to readers, who watch helplessly as the characters slowly realize what is going on. The science fiction and fantasy elements far outshine the horror aspects of this fascinating conglomerate of genre styles.—Jake Pettit, Thompson Valley High School, Loveland, CO
Kirkus Reviews
Coincidence, magic, angels, demons and flat characters muddle through the third and final volume of this series. The disparate elements of the first two novels come together: Odyllic Force is the Sleeping Giant of mythology and might be able to stop Dr. Sigmundus, who wants to end the world by building a bridge from hell (Nakara) to the Resurrection Fields, where the dead joyfully move on. Dante segues from central to secondary character (he is disembodied and stuck in a bird) while Bea takes over as primary mover (helped considerably by running into her physician father). Thinly sketched characters and continually murky world building, sentences that tell without humor or style and entire sections (Nyro and Osman's journey) that have no discernible bearing on the remainder of the story make this slow going. Readers who persevered through the second volume will be pleased to have pieces come together even if the literal deus ex machina renders any prior investment moot. Keaney displays some interesting if bleak ideas; it's to be hoped that next time he can do them justice. (Fantasy. 12-16)\

Product Details

Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
Promises of Dr. Sigmundus Series
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
12 Years

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Dr. Sigmundus: The Resurrection Fields

By Brian Keaney

Knopf Books for Young Readers

Copyright © 2009 Brian Keaney
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780375843358


Commander Belinski had been security chief of the southwestern region of Gehenna for nearly ten years, but in all that time he had never received an order like this one. He scratched his head and reread the letter, which had arrived by special delivery the night before. It still didn't seem right. With a sigh he summoned his assistant, Gorky, who appeared in the office a moment later, clicking his heels and saluting energetically.

"I want your opinion," Belinski told him.

Gorky nodded. "Certainly, sir."

"This letter arrived yesterday," Belinski continued. "It's from Dr. Sigmundus himself. There's no doubt about its authenticity. I've spoken to the Leader's private secretary by telephone. This is what it says: 'For the attention of Commander Belinski, Thirteenth Southwestern Region. You will meet with your Leader at map reference ST549827 at 0500 hours tomorrow morning, bringing with you a detachment of armed men. You will then transport him without delay to his office in the capital.' “

He paused.

"That seems fairly straightforward, sir," Gorky observed.

"Yes," Belinski agreed, "though I've looked up the map reference and it appears to be an abandonedquarry in the middle of nowhere. However, that's not the part that worries me. Listen to what comes next: 'You will not recognize your Leader at first. He will appear to be someone else altogether. But you must not let this stop you from carrying out these orders.' What on earth am I supposed to make of that?"

"It sounds as though Dr. Sigmundus is going to be disguised in some way," Gorky suggested.

"So how the hell am I supposed to recognize him?"

Gorky thought about it. "I expect he'll be the one giving the orders, sir," he said.

Bea returned to the PSca camp and described what had taken place.

"This doesn't make any sense," said Bea's friend Maeve, pushing back her long red hair and frowning. "I spoke to Dante before he left here. He was planning to rescue you."

"Yes, that's what it looked like at first," Bea agreed. "But then he suddenly screamed and collapsed, and when I went over to help him, he grabbed me by the throat and tried to kill me!"

"It must be the shock," Albigen said. One of the PSca's most respected leaders, he was a tall young man with light brown skin, tight curly hair, and a jagged scar that ran across his forehead.

"Think of all he's had to cope with. I expect he's come to his senses by now. I'll go and talk to him."

"No, wait!" Bea said. She recalled the expression in Dante's eyes as he had lunged towards her. She was certain it would not be as easy as Albigen seemed to think. "I believe something has happened to him, something that has changed his personality."

"What sort of thing?" Albigen asked.

"I don't know. I realize it sounds crazy. But it didn't feel like it really was Dante at all. It felt like he'd been taken over."

Albigen looked skeptical.

"He was Dante when he left here," Maeve pointed out.

"Yes, but something very strange happened on the cliff top," Bea said. "I can't explain it, but I don't think Albigen should just walk right up to him."

"I'll be careful," Albigen told her.

"She's hysterical," he said to himself as he walked away.

No doubt Dante was also hysterical. It was understandable. The world had been turned upside down for all of them in the last few hours, and shock did strange things to people. When he had lived in the north amid the Ichor mines, he had seen a woman burst out laughing when she was told that her husband had been killed in an accident underground. She hadn't known what she was doing, and Dante was probably in the same state. The important thing was to keep a cool head. He would approach Dante carefully, talk to him gently and remind him that they were friends. Then he would bring him back to the PSca and all would be well.

It was easy enough to follow the trail of footprints left behind in the mud, and it didn't take long to find the place where Luther and Bea had left the cover of the trees for the cliff top. Albigen paused and squinted into the distance. Yes, he could see Dante standing outlined against the sky. Albigen hesitated. It was important to remember that, whereas he had only his powers of persuasion and his own strength, Dante had the power of the Odyll at his disposal.

He could just about make out a body lying on the ground beside Dante. So it must be true, as Bea had claimed, that Dr. Sigmundus was dead. If so, then the struggle was really over. But Albigen was not ready to accept that yet. At least, not without proof. He had been fighting Dr. Sigmundus for too long to be easily taken in.

Cautiously, he prepared to step out from among the trees, but before he could do so, he heard the sound of an engine in the distance. He froze and listened. There must be a road on the other side of the cliff, hidden by the rising ground. Soon the sound grew louder, and it was clear that more than one vehicle was making determined progress towards this location.

Suddenly, three trucks appeared on the horizon. Keeping under cover of the trees, Albigen drew nearer until he was close enough to see and hear what was happening.
The trucks came to a halt. Security officers jumped out and immediately surrounded Dante, their weapons pointing directly at him.

The commanding officer glanced at the body of Dr. Sigmundus and then at Dante. "Don't move an inch!" he barked. "Tell me what has happened to the Leader."
Dante stared calmly back at him. "I am your Leader," he replied.

The commander frowned. "Shoot him if he moves," he ordered his men. Then he stepped towards the body of Dr. Sigmundus and crouched down beside it.

"I am your Leader," Dante repeated. His voice was cold and hard, and despite the fact that more than a dozen rifles were being pointed at him, he managed to sound incredibly threatening. "You have had your orders, Commander Belinski," he continued. "You are to take me to the capital without delay. We can bring this body with us, since you seem so concerned with its welfare. But let us waste no more time here."


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Brian Keaney is a celebrated author of British young adult fiction. He lives in London, England.

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