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The Thief Queen's Daughter (Lost Journals of Ven Polypheme Series #2)
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The Thief Queen's Daughter (Lost Journals of Ven Polypheme Series #2)

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by Elizabeth Haydon, Jason W. Chan (Illustrator)
 

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Readers will welcome The Thief Queen's Daughter, the second volume in Elizabeth Haydon's critically-acclaimed The Lost Journals of Ven Polypheme fantasy series for middle grade readers

On his first day on the job as Royal Reporter of the land of Serendair, Charles Magnus Ven Polypheme—known as Ven—is sent by King Vandemere on a secret

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Readers will welcome The Thief Queen's Daughter, the second volume in Elizabeth Haydon's critically-acclaimed The Lost Journals of Ven Polypheme fantasy series for middle grade readers

On his first day on the job as Royal Reporter of the land of Serendair, Charles Magnus Ven Polypheme—known as Ven—is sent by King Vandemere on a secret mission within the walls of the Gated City. The king warns Ven to take care—because once you enter the Gated City, you might never be allowed to leave. The Gated City is ruled by the powerful Raven's Guild, and the guild is ruled by the Queen of Thieves.

Ven and his friends enter the Gated City ready for adventure. But when one friend is kidnapped and it is revealed that they are traveling in the company of the runaway daughter of the Queen of Thieves herself, their adventure turns deadly. For the ruthless Thief Queen will stop at nothing to get her daughter back…

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“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

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

Gr 5-9
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.
—Kristin AndersonCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780765347732
Publisher:
Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date:
06/03/2008
Series:
Lost Journals of Ven Polypheme Series , #2
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
1,370,764
Product dimensions:
5.22(w) x 7.72(h) x 0.85(d)
Lexile:
850L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

Read an Excerpt

The Thief Queen’s Daughter

“Madame—Sharra?” Ven stammered.

The fortune-teller’s eyes seemed to cast around at each of the children. Then she looked back at Ven.

She said nothing.

Ven’s skin, already tingling, stung with nervous energy. He tried to look into the dark area behind her, but saw nothing. In the glow that radiated from her he could see the black satin symbols on the tent walls to the left and right of the opening more clearly. The one on the right closest to the door seemed familiar. He concentrated, trying to remember where he had seen it. When he did, his eyes opened wide.

“I know where I've seen that symbol before,” he said to Char. “That’s the same writing I saw on that thin stone in the Rover’s box.”

Before Char could answer, the woman's long arm shot out from behind the drape. She seized Ven by the collar of his shirt in a grip stronger than his brother Luther’s.

And dragged him into the depths of the tent.

With a soft whoosh, all the flaps of the tent slammed shut, plunging the remaining children into darkness where they stood.

Meet the Author

Little is known for sure about reclusive documentarian Elizabeth Haydon. She is an expert in dead languages and holds advanced degrees in Nain Studies from Arcana College and Lirin History from the University of Rigamarole. Her fluency in those languages has led some to speculate that she may be descended of one of those races herself. She claims to have a husband and children, but again, no one is really sure. She is currently translating and compiling the third of the recently-discovered lost journals, The Dragon's Lair, when she is not attempting to break the world's record for the longest braid of dental floss.

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Thief Queen's Daughter (Lost Journals of Ven Polypheme Series #2) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
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All of these books are great.
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I read numbr one want number two
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Goooooooooooooooooood
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I love this book!it an adventure journeys magical
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really good. This book is as exciting and epic and surprising as the first. Actually, I think it's better. Haha. But anyway, high reccomendation!
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EAD More than 1 year ago
The Thief Queen's Daughter was a good book, but not the best fantasy book I have ever read. The main character, Ven, is the royal reporter for the land of Serendair for King Vandmere. He gets sent on a mission to find out the origin of a stone given to the king's father, passed down to him. The quest he is sent on is to the Gated City with a group of his friends. The catch? The Gated City is very dangerous, and they may never come back. The book, although interesting enough, is a little slow at some times. Some parts of the story were very upbeat and they kept you on the edge of your seat. The slow parts were really boring and they just completely interrupted the flow of the story. Even though at some parts the story wasn't too interesting, it was pretty good overall and I believe that many fantasy readers would enjoy it! -EAD
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Guest More than 1 year ago
i have read all the books so far except the dragons lair, i put it for hold. but the theif queens daughter was the best. i have all ways wanted to know how the gated city was. ps. your my favorite author
Guest More than 1 year ago
Another wonderful Ven Polypheme book! Here, Ven and his friends enter the Gated city and the Thieves' market, a fascinating yet dangerous place. When on of Ven's friends is kidnapped, there journey turns deadly and dangerous when trying to rescue her. I loved this book, but I liked the first one better. The Dragon's Lair, the 3rd book, is coming soon, can't wait to read that!
harstan More than 1 year ago
Ven Polypheme is fifty years old, but he is a Noin which translates to twelve in human age. He lives on the Island of Serendair in the lodge of Hare Warren located behind the Crossroads Inn where he eats and does odd jobs. He is also the Royal Reporter to the High king Vanemere so when he is called to come to the palace for his first assignment he is excited. The King meets Ven in the garden before taking him to a hidden room where he shows him a special artifact that comes from the Gated City in Kingston, a former penal colony in which the citizens can never leave. He orders Ven to go there accompanied by four friends to learn who sent the artifact and why and what does it mean. When they enter the Gated City, they are immediately dazzled by its glitter, games, and market. However when one of them is stolen, the others must reach the inner city governed by the Thieves Guild. There they are taken prisoner so they must find a way to escape while seeking the person who sent the artifact but the gates are close so they will have to find an alternate means pf leaving. --- Elizabeth Haydon is a great storyteller whose current work will appeal to the Harry Potter crowd. Her hero Ven is likable and willing to learn which makes him intelligent as he lives in a place where life is cheap. There is lots of action The Thief Queen¿s Daughter and Ven¿s curiosity makes him want to learn about the Inner City culture. Not all the people who reside inside the Gated City are evil as some risk their lives to try to help the children as best they can, knowing they will never leave. The villain has a surprising relationship to one of the children leaving the audience with hope that maybe the heroes will survive their ordeal although that is doubtful. --- Harriet Klausner
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shows how resourceful a person can be!! have the paperbacks in my own collection, so I've donated the 3 hardcover book titles to the school library!!