As Murkus, now a creature half man and half dragon, sucks all the joy and color from Far-Myst with his deadly dark sun, Rupert decides he must confront his enemy and ask him why he so hates imagination and its wonders because no one else is willing to do it.
Is there something good buried deep within the black heart of the Dragon Lord? And are Rupert’s faith and imagination strong enough to find it and keep Far-Myst from becoming another Graysland?
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In a world of technology, it seems like using your imagination has become a thing of the past. Long forgotten are the days where children roamed streets and neighborhoods, using whatever they dreamed up in their minds to fulfill their time and make lasting memories that are fondly looked back on. Now once more, things like a hippoboatamus, spark-lighters, sweet meeki-meeki pudding, fish keys, blue fire, and even Illuminors are becoming real things in the minds of kids and the characters in Mike DiCerto's novels for young adults. In The Adventures of Rupert Starbright series, it takes active and vivid imaginations to empower the characters of Rupert Starbright and his guide and protector Dream Weaver as they continue their adventures in book 2, The Secret of My-Myst. The power lies in their ability to imagine anything is possible and the more detailed and vivid it is in their minds, the more real it becomes. Only the children of Far-Myst can fully harness that kind of imagining abilities, because it often fails in adults. There are also good and bad sides to possess the ability to imagine. The story begins as Rupert and Dream Weaver arrive in the town of Story searching for Dream Weaver's friend, Summit Wonder during a rainstorm. When they arrive, they find his home strangely empty as well as most of the town's inhabitants. As they wonder just where everyone has gone, they don't realize that they are being spied on by Quix and Xerxs, who were hired by Murkus to befriend the two. However as Rupert is using the outhouse before going to sleep, he is kidnapped by Quix and Xerxs. As he manages to outwit them and run back toward the house, he finds that Dream Weaver has vanished. But Xerxs and Quix inform Rupert that Dream Weaver isn't really who he seems to be. In fact they inform him that Dream Weaver may in fact be a traitor, since they are on a special request from Queen Chroma as spies. They learn that Rupert and Dream Weaver were headed to Flowseen in hopes of helping get Rupert back home so he can help heal his grandmother from her sickness. It was the very reason Rupert arrived in Far-Myst was searching for a cure for coffus. The medicine his mother was getting from the doctor wasn't helping, so he flew away with Pie O'Sky in search for a cure. But when he learns that there maybe a cure that Xerx and Quix know about that might help, he wonders just how much Dream Weaver, the gardener was really telling him. The two convince Rupert that Dream Weaver was lying to him and has abandoned him, leaving him behind in Story with no cure and no way home. So who is really telling the truth? Should Rupert believe these two? Was Weaver really a liar and a traitor? Where was he? Why would he give him the Illuminor and leave? To find out that and so much more, you'll have to pick up a copy of The Secret of My-Myst by Mike DiCerto. I would suggest you also pick up Rupert Starbright :The Door to Far-Myst, the first book in the series first, to help you get an understanding of the magical and imaginative world that Mike has created. I received a copy of The Secret to My-Myst compliments of Mike DiCerto himself for my honest review of this book. Having read the first one, I couldn't wait to see what happened to Rupert Starbright. Mike's imagination and ability to weave a story compares to the authors like Roald Dahl, (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) and bit of Dr. Seuss combined. The characters are believable and the use of imagination makes me fondly remember what its like to be a kid again. I find myself lacking in the areas of imagination as an adult and know that children possess that unique talent to believe that anything is possible if you but only imagine it. If you have a young child, then this is the perfect bed time story series for them. I rate this one a perfect 5 out of 5 stars and can't wait to see where this one is headed next.