Horace F. Andrews and his friend Chloe are Keepers of magical objects of extraordinary power. But as the presence of a new Keeper is made known, they are drawn into a struggle to find out who she is and where her loyalties lie. A gripping sequel to The Box and the Dragonfly, the first book in Ted Sanders’s Keepers series, hailed by the New York Times Book Review as a “satisfying and original quest tale.”
As Horace and Chloe adjust to their newfound talents—Horace can see the future and Chloe can walk through walls—a girl called April is drawn toward the Keeper stronghold, the Warren. She comes with a Tan’ji of her own, though it is damaged and there is no telling what will happen if it cannot be made whole again. Accompanied by a mysterious woman with a power of her own and the young boy leading them in the right direction, April is being pursued by a pack of sinister hunters. Will she reach the Warren in time, and will it offer safety or only more danger?
Ted Sanders’s series has the feel of classic fantasy with a science fiction twist, and this second book, The Harp and the Ravenvine, will thrill readers with adventure, intrigue, and the unexpected at every turn.
About the Author
Ted Sanders is the author of the short-story collection No Animals We Could Name, winner of the 2011 Bakeless Prize for fiction. His stories and essays have appeared in publications such as the Georgia Review, the Gettysburg Review, and The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories anthology. A recipient of a 2012 National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship, he lives with his family in Urbana, Illinois, and teaches at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The Keepers is his first series for younger readers. You can visit him online at www.tedsanders.net.
Iacopo Bruno is a graphic designer and illustrator. He is also the illustrator of the acclaimed books Mesmerized: How Ben Franklin Solved a Mystery that Baffled All of France and Anything But Ordinary Addie, both by Mara Rockliff. He lives and works in Milan, Italy, with his wife, Francesca. Learn more about Iacopo at www.theworldofdot.com and www.iacopobruno.blogspot.it.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Synopsis- In a world where magic is possible, there are people called Keepers that use Tan’ji (magic-channeling tools) but end up mentally bonding with their Tan’ji, making them inseparable. Add in the humanoid Riven, which are formally of the species that were thought to be the only ones who could bond with the Tan’ji, who now want all of the Tan’ji to themselves – at any cost. When a new Tan’ji-using human realizes her power, she knows that she is missing a piece of her Tan’ji. But reuniting the piece may have some strings attached… What I Thought- This was a pretty cool book. I didn’t read book one, but it had a nice way of recapping what happened earlier in a way I didn’t feel lost. Sander’s writing is compelling and I am going to go back and pick up book one. At 672 pages this is a meaty fantasy novel that kids can sink into. Despite the length of the book, the action, character development and dialogue keeps the reader interested. The characters are realistic, and they help bring the story to life. There are cool black-and-white drawings throughout the book, adding another dimension to the story. The publisher rates the book for kids 8-12. I think because of the length, some mild language and complexity of the plot I’d bump that up to 10+. I really enjoyed the story line, and cannot wait for book three to come out! *note* I voluntarily read an advanced reader copy of this book