The Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches II

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For the first time ever, Robert Stanek's The Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches Book Two is available in a high-quality, signature edition hardcover with a dust jacket. Discover a magical world and be swept away in the adventure of a life time! Readers everywhere are discovering the works of Robert Stanek, and overwhelmingly they agree on one thing: the books are some of the best they've ever read. Featuring two distinctive full-color cover illustrations, 30 full-page illustrations from original paintings, and...
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The Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches II (A Fantasy Adventure Series)

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Overview

For the first time ever, Robert Stanek's The Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches Book Two is available in a high-quality, signature edition hardcover with a dust jacket. Discover a magical world and be swept away in the adventure of a life time! Readers everywhere are discovering the works of Robert Stanek, and overwhelmingly they agree on one thing: the books are some of the best they've ever read. Featuring two distinctive full-color cover illustrations, 30 full-page illustrations from original paintings, and many additional extraordinary illustrations, this powerful fantasy novel will delight the young and the young at heart! About the book: Three heroes set out on an epic journey of discovery only to find that at the end of their journey nothing is what they thought it was and that their world is undergoing a transformation that will change everything. Survival in a changing world depends on their ability to adapt and if they fail, their world and everything they believe in will perish. Robert Stanek has been called a modern day Tolkien, and his books have been called Star Wars with Elves, a wonderful cross between J. R. R. Tolkien and J. K. Rowling. Bold, inventive, brilliantly imagined, The Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches Book Two is a novel of magic and wonder-a tale of pure excitement you will not soon forget. About the Author: Robert Stanek is the award-winning, international best-selling author of more than 65 books for young people and adults. He lives with his wife and children in the Pacific Northwest in the United States, and is intensely fascinated with our natural world. He loves the outdoors and frequently takes his family on short trips to see the natural wonders of the Pacific Northwest, including Mount Rainier, Mount St. Helens, the Columbia River Gorge, and Puget Sound. Learn more about Robert Stanek at robertstanek.com. Enter the breathtaking world of Ruin Mist at ruinmistmovie.com.
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VOYA - Erin Kilby
Dramatic illustrations draw the reader into the Tolkienesque world of Ruin Mist, plunged into darkness after a Great War five hundred years past. Blaming magic for their demise, the Kings of Men have decreed that all things magical be destroyed. Yet despite their efforts, the magical Dark Lord is slowly returning to power. Another bloody battle is foreshadowed for Ruin Mist when Adrina, the spoiled and lonely princess of Imtal, is visited by a mysterious woman who predicts Adrina's ghastly future. Meanwhile in the kingdom of Elves, Seth, devoted First of the Red Order of the Queen Mother Elf, is sent on a journey across the Great Sea to prevent war. Stuck somewhere in the middle is Vilmos, a young magical boy-who-would-be-mage, abducted for his own safety by a Yoda-like guide named Xith. All three journey to an unknown fate against treacherous and sometimes supernatural foes. Stanek augments the beginning of this complex tale with illustrations that are sure to attract fans of graphic novels and classic Tolkien alike-the only weakness in the illustrations is their scarcity. Stanek will likely draw a cult following, but his work is not for the novice fantasy reader. A complicated glossary at the end includes twenty-two pages of "People, Places, and Things in Ruin Mist," complete with geographical references, family lineages, and extraordinary sketches. Despite the sophisticated plot, however, this cliffhanger guarantees fans, and those fans will be ready to wield their swords against the Dark Lord in Stanek's next installment.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781575451299
  • Publisher: Reagent Press
  • Publication date: 5/17/2007
  • Series: Keeper Martin's Tales Series , #2
  • Edition description: Signature Illustrated Edition
  • Pages: 244
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

In spring 2002, Robert Stanek's first books, Keeper Martin's Tale and Elf Queen's Quest, appeared on bookshelves and become instant bestsellers, spending a combined 26 weeks on the Amazon.com Sci-Fi/Fantasy Top 50 list. These stories introduced readers to the fantasy world of Ruin Mist. The name "Ruin Mist" is the common language translation of an elvish word, which means "the lost ages". The stories of Ruin Mist are set in a fictional past of our world.

The popularity of the Ruin Mist books built up through the release of the subsequent books. Readers were taken with the magical realms, the grand adventures, and the combination of classic fantasy elements with a fresh, highly imaginative approach. In spring 2005, Robert Stanek's books were first published in audio and became instant audio bestsellers, spending more than 52 weeks on Audible.com's bestseller lists. In 2005, his book, The Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches, eventually became one of the Top 100 all-time fiction bestsellers on Audible.com. The book was so popular, it was featured on the Audible.com home page throughout July and August 2005.

It's been a fairly open secret that Robert Stanek is the name of the more familiar bestselling author William Stanek. The main reason for using Robert Stanek for fiction and William Stanek for nonfiction was the astounding pace at which William Stanek produces books. With nearly 50 published books to his credit by 2002, he had many upcoming books waiting to be released by his current publishers, and was creating more and more fiction as a creative outlet to balance his work in nonfiction.

"I wanted to find audiences for both my nonfiction and my fiction. I love writing nonfiction works that help people learn how to do new things, but I also love writing fiction works that open new doorways to the imagination," explains Mr. Stanek. "The Ruin Mist books have been a part of who I am since I started them in the 1980s and they allowed me to create a magical realm with many levels of reality. I was overjoyed that I finally could share the realm and the books with others."

The Ruin Mist books have afforded Mr. Stanek an opportunity to explore relationships, family stories, epic sagas, myths, legends, and more. His books have been popular with fans both young and old.
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  • Posted April 3, 2011

    Totally awesome times a million!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    This is an excellent young-adult adventure book. It certainly held my attention and I felt it flowed beautifully. I was amazed at how much I loved the characters. I LOVE the characters, and I totally see why this story is so engaging. I've never read a better blow by blow account of an action story. Very nicely done.

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  • Posted January 3, 2011

    Into the Kingdoms!

    This was a really good action book! I would recommend it for you if you like action stories! I could never put it down!

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