Ocean Realm (Crystal Doors Series #2)

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Overview Fourteen-year-old cousins Gwen and Vic are still celebrating their victory in the battle with the merlons when they learn that Vic's father has finally made it through the crystal doors to the magical island of Elantya. However, their victory is short-lived when they and their friends are kidnapped by their underwater enemies and taken beneath the sea they soon learn of a scheme that could bring Elantya to ruins. Can they escape in time to save the island from destruction? Read More Show Less See more details below
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Overview

Fourteen-year-old cousins Gwen and Vic are still celebrating their victory in the battle with the merlons when they learn that Vic's father has finally made it through the crystal doors to the magical island of Elantya. However, their victory is short-lived when they and their friends are kidnapped by their underwater enemies and taken beneath the sea they soon learn of a scheme that could bring Elantya to ruins. Can they escape in time to save the island from destruction?

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VOYA - Arlene Garcia
The people of Elantya have barely recovered from their battle against the Merlons when Gwen, Vic, and their fellow apprentices are captured by the traitorous Orpheon and taken to the underwater world of the King of the Merlons. There they confront the mastermind of the evil invading the worlds of the crystal doors, Azric, for the first time. After confessing to murdering Gwen's parents, he tries coercing the teens into using their unique magical powers to open the sealed worlds to release his immortal army. Meanwhile Vic's father manages to get through the crystal door into Elantya, just in time to join the Sages and the Pentumvirate's attempt to recover the lost teenagers. This sequel to Crystal Doors (Little, Brown, 2006/VOYA October 2006) offers more of the same generic fantasy elements-gifted, clever children; magical creatures; evil magicians; and the standard battle between good and evil. The first volume is recapped nicely so that fantasy fans desperate for something to read can jump right into this book. Mix one part Disney, one part The Secrets of Droon series by Tony Abbot, and sprinkle with a bit of Pendragon by D. J. MacHale, and the result is a general idea of what to expect from this series. The menace never feels truly scary, and no one actually dies; the youth are assuredly the victors in the end. The writing is passable and the characters are likeable enough, with very strong female leads. Overall this light, enjoyable choice for middle schoolers will stay them as they await the next volumes by Rowling, Paolini, Nix, and Pierce.
VOYA - Danielle Cooper
Younger readers will undoubtedly enjoy the action-filled Ocean Realm, especially those who are fans of the first book in the series. Although the characters are better developed than in the first book, they are still often difficult to connect with and at times seem slightly exaggerated. A barely average book, it will still entertain with battles and the realization of the plot's overall potential.
KLIATT - Michele Winship
This sequel to Island Realm finds the five apprentices celebrating following the defeat of the sea creature merlons in their latest attack on the island of Elantya, the only land in a water-bound world. Vic and Gwen, the 14-year-old cousins who came to Elantya by somehow opening a crystal door, the means of travel between worlds, have settled into their role as apprentices to Sage Rubicas, learning about the magic in Elantya and in themselves. Just when Vic's father appears in Elantya after finally finding a crystal door, Vic and Gwen, along with their fellow apprentices and friends, Sharif, Tiaret and Lyssandra, are taken captive and transported to the underwater world of the merlons. During their captivity, the group learns a great deal about their cruel enemies and their plan to destroy Elantya using the magical lavaja that flows from the center of the earth. Their goal is to escape and warn the sages, but there is another challenge at every turn. The authors create an intricate SF undersea world, skillfully tweaking the laws of science as we know them. Book II ends with a promise of the next adventure with business left undone, and the apprentices fulfilling the ancient prophecy. Fans will be anxious for the next installment as the story continues.
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This second page-turner in the Crystal Doors trilogy begins right after the gigantic battle that ended the first volume. Merlons, with the help of the treacherous Orpheon, kidnap Gwen, Vic, Sharif, Tiaret and Lyssandra. As their captivity progresses, they uncover information about the Merlons' plans for destroying the island of Elantya. The need to warn the citizens of Elantya adds urgency to the five teens' plans to break free from their captivity. Near escapes and recaptures, new underwater characters and the cruelty and violence of the Merlon world will grab readers' attention and keep them involved with the story. As a result of their hardships, the teens grow in understanding and mutual support, adding a depth to this chapter in the unfolding story. Although the Elantyans bring the battle to the Merlon, they cause severe damage, but leave the enemy capable of carrying out their plans. The story will be clearer and more accessible to those who have read the first installment. But, as in that one, this fun read will appeal to middle-school fantasy fans. (Fiction. 11-13)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316010566
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 6/1/2007
  • Series: Crystal Doors Series , #2
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 304
  • Age range: 12 - 18 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.75 (w) x 8.75 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Kevin J. Anderson has written 46 national bestsellers and has over 20 million books in print worldwide in 30 languages. He has been nominated for the Nebula Award, the Bram Stoker Award, and the SFX Readers' Choice Award. Find out more about Kevin Anderson at www.wordfire.com.
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  • Posted October 27, 2008

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    Reviewed by Jennifer Wardrip, aka "The Genius" for TeensReadToo.com

    Cousins Gwen and Vic Pierce, the protagonists from CRYSTAL DOORS, are back in this exciting follow-up, along with some of the other great characters we came to know and love in the first book: Uncle Cap, Ali el Sharif, Tiaret, Lyssandra, and even the wonderful djinni, Piri. <BR/><BR/>The magic of the world of Elantya is also back, along with the Citadel, Sharif's magic carpet, Tiaret's warrior skills, Lyssandra's telepathic and interpreting abilities, and the natural curiosity of Gwen and Vic. Unfortunately, that also means that the bad guys from the first book, most noticeably the merlons and their king, Barak, have also returned. <BR/><BR/>Uncle Cap (Gwen's uncle and Vic's father) has made it through the crystal doors and finally arrived on Elantya. But even before a happy reunion can happen, the merlons kidnap Gwen and Vic, none too happy about the last skirmish that took place. This time, their plans are even greater: they're hoping for total destruction of the Elantyan world and, quite possibly, the crystal doors themselves. <BR/><BR/>The twins will have to use all of their knowledge and wits to keep this from happening. Thankfully, they also have their close friends to rely on, as well as some new allies. It's not going to be an easy feat, but somehow they must defeat King Barak, Orpheon, and Azric's immortals. <BR/><BR/>The climax of OCEAN REALM is a fantasy-lover's dream, with action-packed scenes that will have you flipping pages as quickly as you can. Readers of the first two books in the series will be eagerly anticipating the third, SKY REALM, set to be released in June 2008.

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