The Shadowhand Covenant (Vengekeep Prophecies Series #2)

The Shadowhand Covenant (Vengekeep Prophecies Series #2)

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by Brian Farrey, Brett Helquist
     
 

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Trouble is brewing in the Five Provinces. Mysterious magical artifacts have gone missing from the royal vaults. Master thieves from a secret society known as the Shadowhands are disappearing. And without explanation, the High Laird has begun imprisoning the peaceful Sarosans.

Jaxter Grimjinx suspects all these things are connected, but after the tapestry

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Trouble is brewing in the Five Provinces. Mysterious magical artifacts have gone missing from the royal vaults. Master thieves from a secret society known as the Shadowhands are disappearing. And without explanation, the High Laird has begun imprisoning the peaceful Sarosans.

Jaxter Grimjinx suspects all these things are connected, but after the tapestry fiasco that nearly destroyed Vengekeep, he knows better than to get involved. Then he and his parents receive a summons from the Shadowhands—a summons that they would be foolish to ignore—and Jaxter is thrust into the heart of the conspiracy. With the help of a few new friends and an old friend he'd rather forget, Jaxter will have to delve deep into some long-buried—and dangerous—secrets.

Editorial Reviews

Joseph Delaney
“Humorous and inventive. I’m eager to read the second in the trilogy!”
Anne Ursu
“Enticing, lively, and wholly engrossing, this book takes us on a journey as twisty and treacherous as an old castle staircase—where danger lurks behind every bend, nothing is ever as it seems, and things can always, always get worse.”
School Library Journal
01/01/2014
Gr 5–8—Back in the Five Provinces after his appreticeship with the Dowager, Jaxter Grimjinx, along with Ma and Da, is summoned by the Shadowhands to a secret meeting. They soon discover that master thieves have gone missing, including the father of Maloch Oxter, Jaxter's nemesis. Much to Maloch's dismay, Jaxter's parents leave the boys behind to go searching for the remaining Shadowhands. Jaxter and Maloch resolve to solve the mystery on their own, but before they can get started, the boys are kidnapped by the normally peaceful Sarosans. What follows is an adventure filled with twists, turns, and unexpected connections. Vengekeep politics and slang are quickly integrated as the action takes off at breakneck speed. Readers need not have read the first book to follow along; Farrey gives just enough backstory to establish characters and setting. Attentive readers will appreciate the quotations from Grimjinx history, goblin philosophy, and the Lymmaris Creed that open each chapter.—Stacy Dillon, LREI, New York City
Kirkus Reviews
2013-08-15
Through mayhem and twists, Jaxter's cheeky attitude keeps this second volume flowing (The Vengekeep Prophecies, 2012). It opens with classic Grimjinx shenanigans: a craftily narrated sham funeral, arranged to empty the mourners' houses for easy thieving. Jaxter returns from his apprenticeship (studying plants for the purpose of "negating magic through nonmagical means") to join the mischief. But soon after not-actually-dead Nanni reappears for supper, Jaxter, Ma and Da are summoned by the Shadowhands, "elite thieves-for-hire" who operate in total anonymity. Jaxter's stunned to learn that Ma used to be one. Chaos is afoot. Shadowhands are vanishing; five magical relics have been stolen from the High Laird, who's ordered an entire ethnic group, the Sarosans, arrested and imprisoned. Before Jaxter knows it, he and his nemesis from the first book, Maloch (whose Shadowhand father has disappeared), are kidnapped by Sarosans, led by--startlingly--a famous botanist whom Jaxter always idolized. Making enemies-but-friends with two Sarosan kids, Jaxter and Maloch tumble their way through escapes, traps and fights with creepy monsters, while trying to untangle which adults committed which bad deed. Always "flippant when faced with danger," Jaxter narrates in humorous first-person: " ‘Good news, guys. I found more bugs!' I said cheerfully….Holm made a rude gesture that I was pretty sure he was too young to know." Well-meaning but worrisome romanticization of simple, dark-skinned nomads somewhat undermines Farrey's explicit anti-racism. High-spirited fun, with complexity and surprises. (Fantasy. 8-12)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062049339
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/22/2013
Series:
Vengekeep Prophecies Series , #2
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
536,726
File size:
1 MB
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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Anne Ursu

“Enticing, lively, and wholly engrossing, this book takes us on a journey as twisty and treacherous as an old castle staircase—where danger lurks behind every bend, nothing is ever as it seems, and things can always, always get worse.”

Joseph Delaney

“Humorous and inventive. I’m eager to read the second in the trilogy!”

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