The Last Enchanter

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Months have passed since Marcus and Kelvin succeeded in their quest to find the Rock of Ivanore. Kelvin is living as royalty in Dokur, and Marcus is studying magic with Zyll. When Fredric is murdered and Kelvin becomes king, Zyll and Marcus head for Dokur in hopes of protecting Kelvin from meeting the same fate, though it quickly becomes apparent that none of them are safe, and Marcus has had disturbing visions of Zyll's death. With the help of his old friends Clovis and Bryn, joined by new friend Lael, a feisty ...

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Overview

Months have passed since Marcus and Kelvin succeeded in their quest to find the Rock of Ivanore. Kelvin is living as royalty in Dokur, and Marcus is studying magic with Zyll. When Fredric is murdered and Kelvin becomes king, Zyll and Marcus head for Dokur in hopes of protecting Kelvin from meeting the same fate, though it quickly becomes apparent that none of them are safe, and Marcus has had disturbing visions of Zyll's death. With the help of his old friends Clovis and Bryn, joined by new friend Lael, a feisty girl in search of her mother, Marcus uncovers a powerful secret that will change the course of his life forever.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Fantasy enthusiasts will appreciate the simple writing, the sweet nobility of the characters, and the goofy adventure."—School Library Journal

Praise for The Rock of Ivanore:

"This is an old-school quest fantasy, but Marcus is a hero who engages challenges in a way that is both human and admirable, and readers will love the bizarre and sometimes deadly creatures that must be overcome." — Publishers Weekly

School Library Journal
01/01/2014
Gr 4–6—Apprentice enchanter Marcus Frye is not destined for the quiet life. He's a simple village boy at heart, but his brother has just become king (following the suspicious death of their royal grandfather), and he's seeing alarming visions. In this fantasy trilogy in the tradition of Lloyd Alexander's "The Chronicles of Prydain" series (Holt), Marcus is once again on a quest. His actual objective seems to change with regular frequency, but whether trying to save his brother; bickering with his friend and sometime crush, Lael; or coming to grips with his complex powers, Marcus is an engaging hero, flawed and friendly; however, clunky plot twists and overly explanatory passages may make the book challenging for some readers to sustain interest in the larger outcome. It suffers from second-in-a-trilogy syndrome; it feels more like a bridge than a fully realized journey. Still, fantasy enthusiasts will appreciate the simple writing, the sweet nobility of the characters, and the goofy adventure.—Katya Schapiro, Brooklyn Public Library
Kirkus Reviews
2013-10-01
Muddled plotting continues to clog the wheels of this routine quest-fantasy sequel to The Rock of Ivanore (2012). A bloody prophetic vision not only signals developing magical powers, but spurs young mage-in-training Marcus to travel to the island city of Dokur. From there, it's on to remote Voltana, where he receives shocking news about his long-lost mother, Ivanore, and (vaguely described) proof that Dokur's Chancellor Prost is a traitor. Enter a new ally, a gryphon called the "Rok," who flies Marcus back just in time to watch Prost escape after gloating confessions to various crimes. Marcus and his felinoid father, Jayson, then decide to take a ship for the mainland in hopes of retracing Ivanore's journey. In the midst of all this travel, the author unveils two ancient secret societies, a love interest for Marcus (she is good with a sling as well as having better social skills and "feminine" table manners) and, confusingly, a much-sought-after Rock of Ivanore that was a person in the opener but is here a crystal medallion. Even readers willing to go with this murky flow will struggle with the narrative's pinballing changes in point of view as well as its distracting tendency to break up single scenes into three- to five-page chapters. A middle-volume mishmash of conveniently timed arrivals and rescues, arbitrary or telegraphed plot twists, and trite fantasy tropes. (Fantasy. 10-12)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933718934
  • Publisher: Tanglewood Press IN
  • Publication date: 10/15/2013
  • Series: The Celestine Chronicles Series
  • Pages: 275
  • Sales rank: 1,389,431
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Laurisa White Reyes lives in Southern California with her husband, five children, four birds, three lizards, two fish, and one dog.

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  • Posted November 4, 2013

    In THE LAST ENCHANTER, months have passed since they succeeded i

    In THE LAST ENCHANTER, months have passed since they succeeded in their quest. One of the boys, Kelvin, is living as royalty in Dokur, and Marcus is studying magic with Zyll. When Lord Fredric is murdered and Kelvin becomes king, the Enchanter Zyll and Marcus head for Dokur in hopes of protecting Kelvin from meeting the same fate, though it quickly becomes apparent that none of them are safe, and Marcus has had disturbing visions of Zyll’s death. With the help of his old friends Clovis and Bryn, joined by new friend Lael, a feisty girl in search of her mother, Marcus uncovers a powerful secret that will change the course of his life forever.”




    Opinion – This book is an AWESOME sequel to book 1 in the series, the Rock of Ivanore! I enjoyed The Rock of Ivanore because it is a great Middle Grade Fantasy book with a good plot and great characters. It is great to find a fantasy book for younger kids. For as much as I liked The Rock Of Ivanore,  I enjoyed The Last Enchanter even more.  First the cover of the book is really cool. I even like the expressions on the kid’s (Marcus and Lael’s) faces. I know you aren’t supposed to judge a book by its cover but it’s really what makes you pick it up in the store. The plot was exciting and keeps you turning the pages. I liked that some of the things from the first book are explained a bit better in this book. The action was exciting and the characters are very believable. I really liked the spunky new character, Lael. She is fun to read about. There are great plot twists and things revealed that are a total surprise. At 275 pages this kid-friendly fantasy novel is great for younger kids – or even older ones who want a great story with fabulous characters. 
    *NOTE I got a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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