From the Publisher
“Haydon not only maintains the dazzling action, convincing characterizations, and vigorous world-building of the first book, but also carefully paves the way for further installments in The Lost Journals of Ven Polypheme series. Another surefire winner.” Booklist
“This first-rate novel will have wide appeal.” School Library Journal on The Thief Queen's Daughter
VOYA - Tracy Piombo
Ven Polypheme's career as King's Reporter begins inauspiciously when the king fires him in front of the entire court. Oddly Ven had just been given his first assignment to uncover the mystery of a strange glowing stone given anonymously to the king. Despite his confusion, Ven brings his friends along on the investigation, which takes them into the Thieves City, where bright and wondrous sights only partly conceal the poverty and danger lurking behind every tent flap. When one of Ven's companions is abducted, the rest travel into the heart of darkness itself-the lair of the Thief Queen, where they struggle to survive long enough to free their friend and escape. This sequel follows the same format as The Floating Island (Starscape/Tor, 2006/VOYA December 2006), combining "recovered" journal entries and the "historian" author's reconstructions of events. The story begins slowly, but once the plot picks up, it moves along swiftly. The journal entries are repetitive and serve mainly to recount the events of the first volume, so readers could conceivably start with this book. Again Haydon tacks on a preachy, "What I learned" message, and again the cover mysteriously features a dragon (although the dragon itself should appear in the forthcoming third volume, The Dragon's Lair). A chapter of the next volume and reader's guide are included, and free curriculum is available on the Web. Give this one to young teens, especially fans of Cornelia Funke and Kai Meyer.
School Library Journal
In this sequel to The Floating Island (Tor, 2006), Ven Polypheme undertakes his first assignment for King Vandemere of Serendair. Ven and his friends are sent into the Gated City to uncover the meaning of a strange glowing stone. The former penal colony is ruled by the cruel Queen of Thieves, and the children find both wonders and danger behind the gates. Haydon uses snippets of Ven's diary entries, fast-paced action, and plenty of humorous touches to keep readers engaged. While Ven is clearly the leader, all of the youngsters use their unique skills and abilities to move the story forward to a conclusion that, not surprisingly, promises more adventures to come. Chan's occasional illustrations add visual appeal. The cover makes the book look like a dragon fantasy. It is not, but dragons have been promised to feature prominently in future installments. Fans of the first book will be excited by this one (complete with a preview chapter from Book 3, The Dragon's Lair , and a "Reader's Guide"). While the story will make more sense to those who have read The Floating Island , Haydon does a wonderful job of weaving the critical details from that story into this one. This first-rate novel will have wide appeal.
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