The Key of Braha (Amos Draagon #2 Series)

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Book #2 in the exciting Amos Daragon series.

Amos survived his first mission as Mask Wearer, but soon after that, an encounter with a mysterious girl brings his life to an end—and sends him on his way to Braha, the City of the Dead, where souls await judgment. To get there, Amos, now a spirit himself, boards a boat, on which he meets Jerik, a decapitated criminal who must carry his head everywhere. Jerik tells Amos that Braha is overcrowded with spirits; the gods have shut the ...

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Overview

Book #2 in the exciting Amos Daragon series.

Amos survived his first mission as Mask Wearer, but soon after that, an encounter with a mysterious girl brings his life to an end—and sends him on his way to Braha, the City of the Dead, where souls await judgment. To get there, Amos, now a spirit himself, boards a boat, on which he meets Jerik, a decapitated criminal who must carry his head everywhere. Jerik tells Amos that Braha is overcrowded with spirits; the gods have shut the doors that lead to paradise and to hell. A key is said to unlock the doors—but its whereabouts are unknown. Only someone who dies and comes back to life can find it. Will Amos be that someone? Will his ingenuity and intelligence be enough to restore order in Braha? Or will he unknowingly serve those who are using him for their own gain? Most importantly, even if Amos finds the key, will he ever return to the land of the living?

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Mary Thompson
In his second mission as Mask Wearer, Amos receives a gift from a mysterious young girl, ending his life and allowing him to travel into Braha, the City of the Dead, where souls await to be judged for heaven or hell. The Gods have shut the doors leading in either direction and Braha is overcrowded with souls needing to move on. Amos' mission is to find the key to Braha and unlock the doors. The key's whereabouts are unknown and Amos must rely on his wits and cleverness to follow the clues since his mask powers are useless there. The key can only be retrieved by someone who has died and come back to life. Amos is lured into this quest by factions in Braha wanting the key for themselves. He is aided and tricked by a merry-go-round of stock and mythological characters. The main storyline gets mired down in the petty rivalry between the gods and ruling powers in Braha, making it a little confusing. Aside from Amos and his best friend, Beorf, who are wonderfully heroes and easy to identify with, the secondary characters are one dimensional and do not add much to the story. Although this story is fairly predictable and simplistic, young readers will delight in Amos' adventure and the many amusing mythological characters that appear. The author does include a mythological lexicon. This would be a good series for kids who are testing the waters of the fantasy genre for the first time. Reviewer: Mary Thompson
Kirkus Reviews
In the second of the series, 12-year-old Amos unwittingly takes on a hazardous mission: He's killed so he can pass into and fix a netherworld crowded with dead souls who aren't being permitted to pass on to their appointed fates. Amos is a clever mask wearer, a sorcerer who ultimately must acquire four masks and the special stones that empower the masks. He still needs three more masks and 15 stones until warrior queen Lolya gives him the mask of fire. But the gift is intended to lure Amos into a quest to the City of the Dead, where the masks are useless, a dangerous place thrown into turmoil by disagreements among various gods. Once there Amos receives aid against numerous enemies from a varied cast of cardboard characters, many of whom are figures from mythology (explained in a lexicon). The translation from the French is sometimes slightly awkward: "His wounded eye bled abundantly." While Amos and his best friend Beorf, a man-bear, are likable, that doesn't make up for an excess of telling instead of showing readers the fast-paced, confusing tale. Perhaps readers of the first in the series will want to continue on, but this effort neither stands alone nor compels. (Fantasy. 10-14)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385739047
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 3/13/2012
  • Series: Amos Daragon Series , #2
  • Pages: 192
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 720L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

BRYAN PERRO is the author of Amos Daragon, a 12-book children's fantasy series that is a bestseller in his native Quebec.
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