The Floating Island (Lost Journals of Ven Polypheme Series #1) [NOOK Book]

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Long ago, in the Second Age of history, a young Nain explorer by the name of Ven Polypheme traveled much of the known and unknown world, recording his adventures. Recently discovered by archaeologists, a few fragments of his original journals are reproduced in this book. Great care has been taken to reconstruct the parts of the journal that did not survive, so that a whole story can be told...

Charles Magnus Ven Polypheme--known as Ven--is ...
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Long ago, in the Second Age of history, a young Nain explorer by the name of Ven Polypheme traveled much of the known and unknown world, recording his adventures. Recently discovered by archaeologists, a few fragments of his original journals are reproduced in this book. Great care has been taken to reconstruct the parts of the journal that did not survive, so that a whole story can be told...

Charles Magnus Ven Polypheme--known as Ven--is the youngest son of a long line of famous shipwrights. He dreams not of building ships, but of sailing them to far-off lands where magic thrives. Ven gets his chance when he is chosen to direct the Inspection of his family's latest ship--and sets sail on the journey of a lifetime.

Attacked by fire pirates, lost at sea and near death, Ven is rescued by a passing ship on its way to the Island of Serendair. Thankful to be alive, little does Ven know that the pirate attack--and his subsequent rescue--may not have been an accident. Shadowy figures are hunting for the famed Floating Island, the only source of the mystical Water of Life. They think Ven can lead them to this treasure, and will stop at nothing to get it--even murder.

In a narrative that alternates entries from his journals and drawings from his sketchbooks, Ven begins the famous chronicles of his exciting and exotic adventures--adventures that would later earn him renown as the author of The Book of All Human Knowledge and All the World's Magic.

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Like any shipwright's son, Charles Magnus Ven Polypheme dreams of adventure on the high seas. When a position opens aboard a ship about to cast off on its maiden voyage, he jumps at the opportunity. His good fortune nearly gets him killed: On the high seas, his ship is attacked by pirates, and Ven is perilously stranded before he is rescued. As events unfold, however, the marooned mariner comes to realize that in these uncharted waters, all is not as it first seems. This is the launch volume of an epic fantasy series.
Publishers Weekly
The sometimes exciting, sometimes ponderous first volume in Haydon's the Lost Journals of Ven Polypheme series mixes narrative with "lost journal" entries to tell the story of Ven, the youngest of 13 children in a Nain family. The Nain are a race that lives four times longer than humans. Ven, whose family is renowned for its ship-building prowess, is giving one of their boats a pre-sale inspection when it comes under a vicious attack from the Fire Pirates. After a courageous and resourceful retaliation one which nonetheless leaves Ven unconscious he is rescued by a mermaid-like creature and ends up aboard a ship of friendly adventurers. From there it's a kitchen sink's worth of fantasy/adventure encounters, from a talking cat to mysterious puzzle boxes to the undead. Most interesting is the island of the title, "a ship of sorts" connected to the world's creation story, "a very old place, a magical place." Haydon spins a story both warm and thrilling. The book's alternating-narrative structure, however, is less successful. Ven's entries are infrequent enough that they feel like more of an interruption in the story's flow than part and parcel of it. But strong box office interest in pirates and all things nautical bodes well for this title. Final artwork not seen by PW. Ages 10-up. (Sept.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature - Judy Silverman
What a peculiar story! Claiming to be the "lost journals of Ven Polypheme," documenting his travels and adventures in the Second Age of History, it is a coming-of-age story with a vengeance. For one thing, Ven is one of the Nain, a long-lived race that does not come to maturity until what humans would consider middle age. So at age fifty, practically a teenager, he is assigned to attend the inspection of one of his family's ships. Things go badly almost from the beginning: the human captain and most of the sailors do not like the Nain; the ship is attacked by Fire Pirates; and despite Ven's best efforts, it is scuttled, lost forever. From that point the adventures never end. The appearance of a mermaid is just the beginning—she has saved Ven's life and wants to show him how her people live under the sea, but that would mean he would have to have gills cut for him. He does not really know how to refuse without hurting her feelings. He would like to go home, but he does not know how he would be received. Does his father blame him for the loss of the ship? Are the people who are kind to him truly kind, or do they have their own agenda? More elements of fairy tales appear—a haunted inn, a crossroads where no one will go after dark—almost too many to count, and definitely too many to appear in one story. We never quite know where the story is going. But it is exciting and it leaves us eager for the next book. The author's bio is also rather peculiar, as she claims to have an advanced degree from the University of Rigamarole, among other places, and says she is working on another book when she is not napping! On the whole, a good read.
VOYA - Tracy Piombo
Ven Polypheme is the youngest in his family of Nain-dwarf-like creatures who hate the sea. Unlike other Nain, Ven yearns for sea adventure, but he finds more than he bargained for when his ship is attacked by Fire Pirates on his first voyage at sea. The only apparent survivor, Ven is rescued by the seemingly kind Captain Snodgrass, who uses Ven to summon the mysterious Floating Island. Ven brings Water of Life from the Floating Island to revive the captain's ailing wife at the next port. Mrs. Snodgrass runs a haunted inn staffed by orphans and runaways, and even as Ven begins to feel at home there, he suspects that Mrs. Snodgrass might be one of the undead herself. Ven and his new friends put themselves in great danger to rid the inn of its ghosts. This novel suffers from an uneven tone: High fantasy mingles with modern language, and the illustrations will attract young readers while the spooky parts could scare preteens. Nevertheless the novel successfully immerses readers in a finely detailed world of compelling characters with complex motivations. Haydon's treatment of the theme of racial acceptance is somewhat didactic, but most readers will be too swept along by the plot to notice. Strangely the cover art is mostly unrelated to the story. The novel's Web site includes curriculum ties, lesson plans, and activities. Younger fantasy fans will gobble this one up and clamor for the next installment in the series.
School Library Journal
Gr 5-9-Ven Polypheme, a young Nain explorer, traveled much of the known and unknown world. "Recently discovered" fragments of his journal are the inspiration for this exciting and imaginative tale. Ven, a short, hobbitlike fellow, is celebrating his 50th birthday (he's approximately 13 in human years). He's the youngest of 13 children, has yet to sprout a single whisker, and can't seem to find his place in the family boatbuilding business. On its inspection cruise, their newest vessel is ambushed by pirates. In trying to set the attackers' ship on fire, Ven destroys both vessels. Saved by a mermaid, he ends up onboard the Serelinda, where he is befriended by Captain Oliver and Char, the galley assistant. Several adventures later, Ven and Char find themselves at the Crossroads Inn, which is filled with orphans, any number of fairies and ghosts, Murphy the talking cat, and Captain Oliver's wife, Mrs. Snodgrass. Mysteries abound. Mr. Whiting, the snooty owner of a nearby inn, has the youngster thrown in prison for stealing, but then shows up to rescue him. The crossroads near the inn are haunted by evil spirits, and the Living Water and Floating Island have magical powers. Haydon's fantastical universe, originally created for her adult novels, is filled with fun details, interesting characters, fast-paced adventure, snappy dialogue, and plenty of humor and heart.-Mara Alpert, Los Angeles Public Library Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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A Book Sense Children’s Pick

“A delightful epic fantasy that will attract a readership both older and younger than the target audience.” —Booklist (starred review)

“Haydon’s fantastical universe…is filled with fun details, interesting characters, fast-paced adventure, snappy dialogue, and plenty of humor and heart.”—School Library Journal

“Haydon spins a story both warm and thrilling.”—Publishers Weekly

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429912433
  • Publisher: Doherty, Tom Associates, LLC
  • Publication date: 8/22/2006
  • Series: Lost Journals of Ven Polypheme , #1
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 158,957
  • Age range: 10 - 18 Years
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author


Little is known for sure about reclusive documentarian Elizabeth Haydon. She is an expert in dead languages and holds advanced degrees in Nain Studies from Arcana College and Lirin History from the University of Rigamarole. Her fluency in those languages has led some to speculate that she may be descended of one of those races herself. She claims to have a husband and children, but again, no one is really sure. Requests for information about her hobbies were returned with the unhelpful comment "everything except toothpaste sculpture." She is currently translating and compiling the second of the recently-discovered lost journals, The Thief Queen's Daughter, when she is not napping.
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Chapter One
The Albatross

The morning of my fiftieth birthday found me, as the last twenty had, sneakily examining my chin in the looking glass, searching for a sign, any small sign, of a whisker.

And, once again, as on the previous twenty birthdays, I found nothing.

Absolutely nothing.

It may seem strange to you that I was able to reach the age of fifty years and still have my face remain as smooth and hairless as a green melon, and you would be right. Many lads of my race begin sprouting their beards by the tender age of thirty, and nearly all of them have a full layer of short growth, known as their Bramble, by forty-five. It is all but unheard of among the Nain for a boy to reach his fiftieth year without at least some sign that his beard is beginning to grow in.

But then, this is certainly not the first thing about me that the rest of the Nain in the city of Vaarn think of as odd.

If I were a human, by the age of fifty I would be entering the later years of my life, and my hairless chin would be of no consequence. In fact, it might even be seen as an advantage, since human men have the rather astonishing habit of removing their beards with a sharp knife known as a razor each morning, a practice that horrifies the Nain. This intentional sliding of knife over throat also permanently cements the distrust they feel for the race of humans. A man's beard is the story of his life to the Nain.

And on that morning it didn't seem as if I would ever have one--a beard, a life, or a story worth telling of it.

How quickly Fate turns things around.

Being fifty years old as a Nain is the same as being about twelve or thirteen in human years. We live about four times longer than humans, and grow more slowly. You might think that living four times as long as humans we would have special wisdom upon reaching those teenage years that humans do not have. I certainly thought so. On the night before my forty-second birthday I floated this theory past my mother, who looked at me doubtfully.

"Neh," she said, scorn in her voice. "It merely means you have four times as many years being pigheaded and stupid."

She had a point.

But while Nain can be somewhat pigheaded, I know they are not stupid. They are just uncomfortable in the air of the upworld, with the wind blowing and the bright sky and the commotion of those taller people walking about.

Nain much prefer the dark tunnels of the earth, the warm, solid feel of mountain rising around them, the clanging of anvils and the noise of digging that their deep world absorbs. Being out of the earth for any length of time bothers them. It makes them feel as if things are, well, loose.

So when my great-grandfather, Magnus Polypheme, chose to leave Castenen, the underground kingdom of the Nain, and make his way in the world of human men, it was considered more than strange.

It was a scandal.

Magnus the Mad, as he was known, was by no means the first Nain to leave Castenen. Nor was he the first Nain to choose to live among the humans that were the largest part of the population of the Great Overward, where I was born. Nain, in fact, lived in cities all over the vast continent. Oftentimes they were the merchants who sold the wares that were produced within the mountain kingdom of Castenen to humans in their towns and villages.

But not my great-grandfather. He chose instead to move to the city of Vaarn.

By the sea.

To work on building ships.

Even the upworld Nain couldn't figure that one out.


On the morning of his fiftieth birthday, as Ven Polypheme hurried excitedly to the docks, the light of the sun disappeared for a moment, as if it had been suddenly blotted out.

Ven shielded his eyes and looked up into the dark sky just in time to catch sight of the largest feather he had ever seen, wafting down toward him on the hot wind.

Momentarily blind as the sun returned, he reached out and caught it, an oily white feather tipped with blue-green markings.

It was as long as his forearm.

He had no time to wonder where it had come from. His father's voice filled his ears.

"Ven! Ven! Did you see it?"

Ven looked down the long wharf. Pepin Polypheme, a rather portly Nain of close to two hundred and fifty years, was hurrying toward him, puffing and wiping the sweat from his forehead with his pocket handkerchief.

"Did you see it, lad?" his father asked again.

Ven held up the feather.

"Not the feather, the bird!" Pepin gasped as he came to a halt beside his son. "The albatross--did you see it?"

Ven shook his head. "I saw its shadow as it passed overhead, but I was too busy trying to catch the feather to see the bird."

The older Polypheme shook his head as well, spattering drops of sweat into the hot air, and sighed.

"I fear that may turn out to be the story of your life, my boy," he said regretfully. "Catching the useless feather, missing the giant, rare, lucky bird. Ah, well. Come along."

Ven sighed as well, wondering if he would ever be able to do anything but disappoint his father. He slid the feather into the band of his cap and followed Pepin along the planks to the pier where the ship his family was outfitting was moored. Like all Nain he was stocky, but he was tall for his age, so he kept up easily with the old man.

"Have they decided what to name her yet?" he asked Pepin, who was waving to the head shipwright.

His father scowled at him. "You should know better than that. No one hears a ship's name until she is christened. It's bad luck."

"But someone must know what she is to be called," Ven said, mostly to himself, as his father was now talking to the shipwright. "Someone will have to paint the name on her prow before the christening ceremony."

"That won't be you."

Ven jumped at the sound of his second-oldest brother's voice behind him.

"Morning, Nigel."

"Morning, and many happy returns of the day, Ven. I'd say 'bless your beard,' but of course you don't have one yet. Now get your oversized fanny to the end of the causeway where the others are waiting. We're drawing straws to see who has to do the Inspection. Now that you're of age, you have to throw your lot in with the rest of us. No more free ride for you, little brother. Even if it is your birthday."

Ven nodded excitedly. He had long been aware of the need for the final check of the ship's fittings that was made on the open sea outside the harbor just before its christening. It was the last chance the ship's builders had to make certain the vessel was seaworthy before turning it over to the new owner.

His brothers dreaded Inspections. They feared the water and could not swim, so the eight-hour voyage on seas that were often rough was torture for them. Whenever it needed to be done, they had drawn hay straws, making the loser in the game undertake the Inspection.

Unlike his brothers, however, Ven could swim, and he loved to sail. His heart was always dreaming of adventure beyond Vaarn, the bustling seaside city in which he lived. So the opportunity to do an Inspection--taking a ship with a small crew out of the harbor and into open sea--made his skin prickle with excitement. I hope I get the straw! he thought, but he said nothing, following Nigel over to meet with three of his other brothers.

He could see them from quite a distance; his siblings, like Ven himself, had hair the color of ocean sand, and their heads stood out in the sea of darker-haired people milling about the docks, despite their being shorter than everyone else. Besides, most folks knew to give the Polypheme boys plenty of room in case one of their frequent scuffles broke out. Their good-natured horseplay had bumped more than one innocent bystander into the water.

Vernon, Osgood, and Jasper didn't appear especially happy to see him. They glanced up from the model of the ship's hull they were examining, then went back to arguing among themselves. Arguing was how the Polypheme family communicated.

Ven watched nervously as Jasper squatted down and pointed to a line of miniature lead rivets that fastened a small board to the keel of the ship's model. He grew even more anxious as his brother spat on the pier and continued to point at the model's hull. Ven had worked on that part of the model, and had forged many of the actual iron rivets for the ship himself.

Scale models of the ships they built were the Polypheme family's stock-in-trade. They fashioned whatever vessel they were crafting in perfect miniature detail, from stem to stern, in all its fittings, down to the last rivet and dead-eye, at one-tenth the size it would be when the ship itself was finished. In this way the Polyphemes could be certain the design was sound, and catch any problems before the vessel sailed into the harbor for Inspection.

At least that was the hope. It didn't always turn out that way.

On Osgood's first Inspection, a design flaw with the bilge pump caused the ship to start taking on water at alarming speed. By the time the leaky sloop returned to the pier, it was riding very low in the water, and Osgood was gibbering like a panicked monkey.

But for the most part, these models served to prevent problems in the enormous projects of building sailing vessels. Whether it was a frigate, a sloop, a galleon, or a fishing boat, before the first iron rivet or steel nail was forged to fasten it together, the Polyphemes had already built a smaller version of it. The model for this one was lying in great sections on the planks of the dock in front of their family factory.

Jasper pointed a stubby finger at Ven, then indicated the bottom of the model again.

"There's twice as many fastenings here as there needs to be," he said, scowling. "Ya think we're made of gold or something, Ven? Do you have any idea of the cost of this?" Jasper was in charge of the factory's finances.

"I know that the ship stands twice as good a chance of holding together if it hits a reef because of them, Jasper," Ven replied. "Since that might save the entire cargo and crew, by my reckoning it's cheap. Just looking after the family's reputation." It was his birthday, so he decided to risk a playful poke at his brother's stinginess. "Wouldn't want skimping on rivets to cause the loss of the ship and the business at the same time."

Jasper's face turned an unhealthy shade of purple. Even though he was half a head shorter than his youngest brother, he strode over to him angrily and bounced his belly off of Ven's.

Ven knew the belly blow was coming and braced himself. So when it came, Ven didn't move an inch, but it sent Jasper sprawling backwards, landing on his backside with a resounding thump.

"Stow your bickering," ordered Nigel, holding out a curled fist from which five straws popped. "Time to draw. Short straw inspects. Since it's your birthday, Ven, you can draw first."

Swallowing his excitement, Ven stepped forward to get a better look at the ends of the straws, trying to determine which of them was the shortest. He inhaled the salty air, hoping it would bring him luck. Then he took hold of one end, closed his eyes, and plucked the straw from Nigel's hand.

At first he thought he must have dropped the straw because of his eyes being closed. Ven opened them quickly, feeling nothing in his hand, then looked.

The straw between his thumb and forefinger was not even the length from his fingertip to the first knuckle.

Nigel opened his palm. Every other straw was at least the length of his hand.

"Tsk, tsk; hard luck, bucko," said Osgood in obvious relief, wiping the nervous sweat from his forehead with the back of his hand. "Your first draw, and your first short straw. Too bad."

Ven nodded but said nothing, knowing that any word out of his mouth would betray his jubilation. He turned away from his brothers and walked slowly down to the end of the pier, where the all-but-finished ship was moored, still waiting for its sails to be brought aboard.

As Ven moved beyond earshot, Vernon turned in disgust to Osgood.

"You sniveling baby," he said contemptuously. "Why are you sweating like a prisoner about to be keel-hauled? You knew all along the draw was rigged."

Ven was too far away to hear when Osgood tackled Vernon, too caught up in excitement to notice his brothers rolling around on the docks, pounding each other's heads into the planks. The sight was a common one anyway.

Instead, he was listening to the call of the sea wind, to the scream of the gulls, to the glad song his heart was singing of adventure beyond the harbor of Vaarn, where he had spent his entire life.

It was an excitement none of his family could possibly understand.

In the distance he could make out a tiny moving shadow against the sun, flying in great circles on the warm updrafts.

The albatross.

Ven touched the long feather in his cap.

"Thank you," he whispered into the wind. "Seeing you seems to have brought me luck this day after all."

He had no idea how much--or how bad.

Copyright © 2006 by Elizabeth Haydon
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2006

    Floating Island (The Lost Journals of Ven Polypheme Series, Volume 1)

    I got an advance copy of this book at a recent library meeting, along with several others, and read it cover to cover on my way home on the plane. And in the cab. And once I got home, to the annoyance of my wife and kids, until it was done. This book is amazing. Finally there is a new Young Adult classic in the making that really captures the magic of storytelling. I haven't been this excited by a book since the first Harry Potter, and readers who enjoy that series will love this one. Young Ven Polypheme is a boy itching for adventure, even though he is from a race of people that hate to travel and like to keep to themselves. He gets his wish in an unfortunate way, following a spectacular pirate attack, and finds himself in the midst of a magic-filled and threatening world of gigantic sharks, floating islands, gypsy-like Rovers with secret boxes, spice folk, mountains that act as guardians, ghost wolves and an endless amount of danger and intrigue. Haydon's world, an earlier era of the masterful creation in which her adult series THE SYMPHONY OF AGES is set, is so real that one can almost believe that archaeologists really DID find these ancient journals from a more magical time in history, as she claims. I am especially impressed with the characters in the book. Ven is a terrific hero, plucky and curious but with many of the doubts and issues of a real-life teenager. He and the other young characters in the story are complete people, with flaws and strengths and the ability to screw up, as well as to come through heroically. The girls in this tale are especially wonderful for all that I love Harry Potter, it suffers from a lack of interesting female characters other than Hermoine. Haydon treats us to a host of them, from a mermaid-like creature called a merrow who has a sea-dweller's odd perspective on the world, to a snotty thief, a boisterous den-leader type and a tiny, shy creature who speaks by making flowers grow. The boys are awesome as well I'm very fond of the cook's mate, Char, who has a miserable life and really resents anyone feeling sorry for him because of it. The messages in this book are some of the healthiest I've seen in a long time, but they don't compromise the sheer fun of the story. This is an utterly wonderful book, and I cannot wait to read the next one. With any luck, it will fill the void that the upcoming ending of the Harry Potter series will leave with a story every bit as compelling.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2006

    This one has everything!

    This book has everything: Travel, adventure, puzzles, magic. Ven is charming and real. The people he encounters are fascinating and very well drawn. There's exciting suspense and great humor. The story is compelling but never confusing. Many books out these days are way too long for their own good, certainly for ours. I look for books where I don't have to march toward the end, but that I'm sad they finished so soon. I have not read any of Haydon's adult titles, but will likely do so after this while eagerly awaiting the next installment.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2006

    Floating Island (The Lost Journals of Ven Polypheme Series, Volume 1)

    I got a sneak peek at a review copy of this book, and I am here to predict that this book will be read by my grandchildren [and I'm in tenth grade.] What an amazing story! Young Ven Polypheme, a Nain by race, sets off accidentally on an adventure that twists and turns and ends surprisingly. There is something for everyone here, sailing ships and pirates, magical islands and haunted crossroads, fairies and puzzles and ghosts, but mostly there is great writing and characters you will fall in love with. I liked this book better than Harry Potter, especially the girl characters. I was sad when it was over and I am dying to read the next one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2013

    Soooooooooooooooo Gooooooooooooooooooooood

    I did this for my monthly book report and wasgreat i couldnt put it down! Fullbof adventure

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2012

    AWESOOOOOME!!!!!!!

    This book is like the bestvbook eva! Well maybe not the best book in existance but it is really good. I consider this for aall ages!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2012

    Fantastic book.

    I highly reccomend this book. It's just plain AWESOME! Really, really good book. FANTASTIC!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2012

    Fantastic read! I've read it multiple times, each of which made

    Fantastic read! I've read it multiple times, each of which made me love it more :)
    Great storyline, wonderful characters, adventure, mystery, all put together by a
    superb writing style.
    These thoughts follow on to the rest of the series as well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2011

    Amazing

    Even though it's not very well known, this book SHOULD be. It's amazing!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2008

    I Also Recommend:

    WOW!!

    After reading this book and the Thief Queens Daughter#2 i was amazed. there is some brilliant writing in that book! Read it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2007

    A reviewer

    I am 40 years old and enjoyed every moment with this exciting book. Try it you will like it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2007

    A reviewer

    This is certainly among the best books I've ever read! Ven, the main character, is rescued by the the ship Serelinda when his own sinks. From the moment his ship sinks, Ven experiences exciting events and sees unique creatures and humans. Serelina takes him to the island of Serendair, Ven goes to a inn on a 'haunted crossroad', is arrested, and meets the king! When released, he and his friends struggle to solve the 'haunted crossroad' mystery. I can't wait to read The Thief Queen's Daughter, next in the series!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2007

    One of the greatest stories of fantasy adventures!!

    While I was reading this book, I couldn't put it down! I don't often read, but I kept going! I loved the fantasy in this and I just can't wait till the next book! Also, there's is a lot of action in this story. I loved all the chapters, but mostly the part when Ven, Char, Ida, and Clemency go to the Floating Island! If you enjoy fantasy this is the kind of book you should read!! I really enjoyed this book and I highly recommend this book for everyone of all ages!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2006

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    The Floating Island, by Elizabeth Haydon Although this is a fantasy novel, even the non-human characters have their moments of weakness and true emotions. Unlike most fantasy stories being published this story does not only revolve around magic but also around the mysterious sea. If you know nothing of sailing, or have never felt the gentle breeze from the ocean on your face do not be in distress, this book will entertain and enlighten your knowledge of the ocean. With every turn of the page twists and cliff hangers are introduced to the story along with beautiful illustrations by Brett Helquist. With clever fables and delightful beings of all races The Lost Journals of Ven Polypheme: The Floating Island is a wonderful book filled with adventure. Enjoy.

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