Hamelin’s story began when he was found as a newborn in a tomato crate on the stoop of an orphanage in west Texas. Hamelin’s first adventures with the Great Eagle led him through the mysterious cave and finally, across the footbridge. He has learned that his quest to find his parents and learn his true identity will not be quickly done or easy to fulfill. The Great Eagle leads him through the dangerous Waters of Death and Life and into the Land of Gloaming, where Hamelin is thrown into the midst of a war already being waged between the evil Chimera and the mysterious Ancient One. He must help two new friends find a kidnapped princess and recover a stolen jewel, tasks for which they have special gifts that must not be misused; a scarf of sight, shoes of speed, and a sword of death. But these quests are only part of the larger story, a story including Chimera’s plan to use Hamelin — a child of two realms — to seize the kingdoms on both sides of the Atrium of the Worlds.
This is the second book in the Hamelin Stoop young adult fantasy series.
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Almost twelve year old Hamelin Stoop, who was raised at an orphanage in west Texas, enters the Land of Gloaming to find his parents, Johnnie and Simon, and learn his true identity. The Great Eagle leads him through the dangerous Waters of Death and Life. However, he is thrown into the midst of a war already being waged between the evil Chimera and the mysterious Ancient One. Chimera has three sons. Ren’dal rules Ventredees and has Hamelin’s parents. Landon has driven King Carr from his capital in Parthogen and has captured Carr’s daughter Charissa. Tumultor has been given Osmethan, stole a vitally important jewel from the underground kingdom of Periluna, and plans to marry Charissa. Hamelin learns that his quest will not be quickly done or easily fulfilled. He must help Lars, the son of Periluna’s King Elwood, to recover the stolen jewel and Eraina, Charissa’s sister, to find the kidnapped princess. And they must all help each other. Can the jewel be returned to Periluna before the giant earthworms that never die destroy the kingdom? Will the somewhat vain Charissa agree to return to Parthogen? And does Hamelin learn the whereabouts of his parents? Hamelin’s story began in The Eagle, the Cave, and the Footbridge when he was found as a newborn in a tomato crate on the stoop of the orphanage and at age eight was led by the Great Eagle through the mysterious cave to the footbridge but refused to cross it then. The first book in the Hamelin Stoop young adult fantasy series primarily sets the stage for Hamelin’s adventures in the Land of Gloaming. As a result, this second book, which contains some bits of magic, interesting beasts, and plenty of danger, has more action and excitement. It tells a riveting and suspenseful story that will fully hold the attention of older children and adults. The book is clean and not predictable with well developed characters and an enchanting plot. The fact that the reader can’t tell where it’s going makes its very intriguing. Intended for middle school or high school level, it would be advanced reading for middle school, but older teens and adults that like this genre will enjoy this series. The series is also appropriate as a read out loud for younger kids. Everyone who reviewed it agrees that the worst part is waiting for book number three.
I enjoyed this book as much as I did the first one!! I finished it one night! I was so tired the next day but hey a book like that is well worth the read don't ya think? I know that fans of Harry Potter will love this series. I know I am so far. The characters are realistic and the plot is pretty far fetched but hey, that is what fantasy is all about right? I think that author of this book had fun creating the other world almost as much as the Texas setting in the first book!! Well done Robert! I will be looking for other books from you in the future. I also think that I will buy my teenage son a copy to see if he likes it after all, he loves Harry Potter! I know I loved it so much!! Where was this series when I was little!! Overall, another great read by Robert Sloan with a wonderful plot too! I guarantee that you won't want to put this book down until you finished it. I give this book 5 stars My thanks to Netgalley and all opinions are my own