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Posted May 26, 2014
Well the second installment in the Relics of Mysticus series did NOT disappoint! Once again we are thrust into the mysterious and charming world of Sagaas and all it's magic. Dunkle shows up unexpectedly and of course needs help to stop yet another disaster from occurring in the Sagaas world. This one though is not underwater, and the book is based on the rich Native American landscape. To me the Native Americans are so mystical and amazing by themselves, but add to the mix Claire and Evan and their newly-found and still-developing powers just makes it that much more exciting! I also love the "totems" that the kids all develop as well - something new to add to the mix and very interesting for their characters.
The Coyote Trickster is so hilarious - I literally laughed out loud at some of his tricks - even though he does bad things it is hard to completely hate him as with any trickster. My thoughts on the Coyote Trickster are that he doesn't do things to hurt people intentionally, he does them for fun and he seems to be bored. Just my take on his actions, but I almost feel sorry for him because before he is unleashed he is alone and held captive.
In these novels I love the way the kids and Dunkle travel through the worlds, it is always something new and fantastical. And Claire meeting Chayton - sparks are a-flying :) It will be interesting to see how their relationship and Evan's reaction will play out in the next novel.
Five stars for this book too, it's an awesomely fantastic journey for kids young AND old (like me LOL). But it is all clean, no parent has to worry about bad words or content in these books that I could see! All in all a great read :)
***I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review***
Posted November 13, 2013
Reviewed by Katelyn Hensel for Readers' Favorite
Evan and Clare are back again in book two of H.B. Bolton's Relics of Mysticus series. Life has gone back to normal for the two siblings, with their last adventures in Sagaas fading into memory, but Sagaas isn't going to leave them alone for long. Another relic has been snatched by the forces of evil, and it's up to the kids and their smelly imp, Dunkle, to get it back onto the side of good. Throughout their adventures they encounter pesky mermaids, annoying problems, and bizarre robot animals.
I have to admit that I forget that I have the mindset of an adult, and that kids get a lot more out of these Middle Grade books than I do. I might be looking for detailed mythology explained, but kids want a good adventure...and maybe to learn a bit on the side. I realized this because I decided to read The Relics of Mysticus series to my niece while I was babysitting her. She can't get enough! We went from reading one chapter at bedtime to her practically begging me to finish the book in one night. It just goes to show you that you've got to keep the target audience in mind. I enjoyed the story much more this time, and I really liked how Bolton blended a lot of genres into the story. Kids don't usually understand genres yet. They don't go out of their way to try something new. By introducing aspects of other genres, they can see if they like something and discover more genres just by reading books they love.
Posted June 8, 2013
H.B. Bolton scores full marks for her sequel, THE TRICKSTER’S TOTEM, in the Relics of Mysticus series. Claire and Evan are adjusting to life in the normal world (although they still have their powers acquired from their first adventure) when Dunkle the Imp interrupts their school day with grave news: another relic has been stolen. Unlike many MG fantasies, this is not about good verses evil. This concept of gray characters and cause and consequence doesn’t typically exist in books written for this age level, but the underlying morals are cleverly hidden beneath a fast-pace and entertaining quest. It’s refreshing that adults/elders are respected and good role models. Claire and Evan come from a good family and have no problem with authority – unlike Harry Potter or Percy Jackson. It’s a clean read that is appropriate for all age levels.
The interactions between Claire and Evan make them come to life. Evan has self-centered tendencies, where he focuses only on what he wants to achieve and not how his actions will influence the lives of others. Claire is quick to point out her brother’s mistakes and make him seem more of a jerk than he actually is. She wins brownie points from their comrades for being the more mature and better behaved of the two, although she isn’t perfect herself.
I felt that THE TRICKSTER’S TOTEM was far more polished than its predecessor, although I think that THE SERPENT’S RING is a must read for you to understand how the siblings are tied to the magical world. I read the book in full the moment I received it. The book ends with just enough closure to tie up the reason for their return trip and then a teaser for the next adventure for the siblings. If you enjoy MG fantasy or prefer “clean fantasy”, then I recommend that you check out book one and two in the Relics of Mysticus series by H.B. Bolton.
(I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.)
Posted June 6, 2013
I liked The Trickster's Totem too! I haven't learned much about the Native American mythology so reading this book was a little like doing school, but I swear it was fun too! There is adventure, though I didn't feel like there was as much as there was in The Serpent's Ring. Claire and Evan do gain more powers and learn something about themselves too in this book.
I liked that Evan used his magic for good in the real world, even if he wasn't supposed to. He did some funny things with it to the bullies in school.
There are some interesting creatures in this world too. I like how the author named the fairies "Pains" and it is really funny when Evan eats too much fairie food. Let's just say he loves to play jokes on people. Sometimes, though he does go to far and I think Evan could learn to be serious at the right times.
We still see Dunkle in the story but no one else from the first book is in this one. Claire finds someone else to giggle at (Mom says I will understand this more when I get older...but I don't think I will ever like a girl giggling all the time) and Evan is bothered by a mermaid who likes to meddle in everyone's business.
The Trickster's Totem is pretty good and it really teaches us about the Native American beliefs too. I liked it even though it seemed like it moved a little slow for me at times. Also, some of the disasters Mica creates are kinda of funny but I can still see the bad in them too.
I give Trickster's Totem:
**** We received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for our honest review of it. This review is taken from Kids Corner For Super Reading and is a kid's perspective.
Posted June 2, 2013
Claire and Evan have returned the Serpents ring to its rightful owner and are now back to their normal lives. But in the middle of school, Dunkle, a small imp, appears in Evan's school, and has bad news. The Trickster's Totem has fallen into the wrong hands, releasing another monster. Mica, the Coyote Trickster, a mischievous creature from the Native American Spirt World. The Trickster sets fire to a field of corn, making popcorn. He carves his face into totems and other artifacts. Evan and Claire now must travel to Sagaas, find the Trickster's Totem and capture Mica, all while encountering annoying Pains (or fairies), Bigfoot-like C'iatqos, a trouble-causing mermaid, and creepy moth-men called Aces, and most surprisingly, dragons!The Trickster's Totem is a sequel to The Serpents Ring, so I recommend you read that first. I didn't feel connected to Evan, due to the fact that he feels like he can leave the group at any time, and I wasn't to connected to Claire, because she is slightly boy crazy, and I couldn't flirt even if my life depended on it. You could tell this book is fantasy by looking at the gorgeous cover, and I love fantasy books.Nothing in this book was annoying, though I'm glad Evan didn't always stay with the group, because it did add some interesting details to the book. The flow was good. Not to fast or too slow. I would love to read other books by H.B Bolton, and this book is telling me their is a third book, so I'm excited to read. The Trickster's Totem is a book I would recommend to kids ages 9-13, and would be a great book to read aloud.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 27, 2013
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A review copy was provided for an honest review. The Trickster's Totem has a way of sucking you into its world of fantasy. Evan and Claire have a unspoken responsibility of protecting the relics of Mysticus as well as retrieving them when they are stolen. Their powers and bond are put to the test when they have to track down the Totem from which Mica the Coyote Trickster has escaped. Like the first book The Serpent's Ring, this one is intriguing right off the bat and works its way up to the action and when it delivers it's relentless. The creativity and vivid imagination comes through and compels you to read on. While I was fascinated with the Native American mythology it didn't hold a candle to the Norse myth story in The Serpent's Ring. The Trickster's Totem is riddled with fun surprises, and new creatures that will have you excited. Evan's character seemed to regress in maturity which was a bit of a let done from the progress he made before. Fortunately by the end of this book he felt more like himself and less like a spoiled brat. I found myself liking Claire more since she decided to keep on task and not go all eye-batting girly girl. She still had her moments but she redeemed herself. I like the series so far and I'm especially looking forward to The Dragon's Egg—Arthurian legend is my favorite!
Evan and Claire Jones are back to their old boring lives with only memories of their previous mythical adventure from Asgard—until another relic is stolen. Together they are forced back into Sagaas to journey to the Native American Spirit World to capture the Coyote Trickster. But to do this they must also get the Totem back and return it to its rightful place. Along the way Evan and Claire are tested when they are fooled by the elusive Trickster. He wreaks havoc across the realm further making matters worse and his capture near impossible. With the help of some old and new friends they set out on a perilous odyssey to make things right again in Sagaas.
Jumping into the enchanted world that H.B. Bolton created again has been a fun experience - young readers will enjoy the adventure of it. It's written slightly better than the first, I still felt like their were some strange inconsistencies lurking. The descriptions of everything are wonderful and I felt immersed and a part of the magical world. The Native American history was neat and opposite of what I'd been expecting since it's totally different lore from the last but it worked. The characters still have a ways to go but they've grown on me. The Relics of Mysticus series is genuinely amusing and young adults and middle-grade readers will find delight in the story of these daring siblings.