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The Tree of Water

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The Tree of Water
by Elizabeth Haydon
Starscape
Retail Price $17.99
Amazon Price: $13.71

Book Description: 

The epic voyages continue in The Tree of Water, the fourth adventure in bestselling author Elizabeth Haydon’s acclaimed fantasy series for young readers, The Lost Journals of Ven Polypheme.As Royal Reporter of the land of Serendair, it is the duty of young Charles Magnus “Ven” Polypheme to travel the world and seek out magic hiding in plain sight. But Ven needs to escape the clutches of the nefarious Thief Queen, ruler of the Gated City, whose minions are hunting for him. His friend, the merrow Amariel, has the perfect solution to his dilemma: Ven and Char will join her to explore the world beneath the sea.As they journey through the sea, Ven finds himself surrounded by wonders greater than he could have ever imagined. But the beauty of the ocean is more than matched by the dangers lurking within its depths, and Ven and his friends soon realize that in order to save thousands of innocent lives, they may have to sacrifice their own. For everything in the ocean needs to eat…“A delightful epic fantasy that will attract a readership both older and younger than the target audience.” —Booklist (starred review) on The Floating Island

Review

This is a magical fantasy novel geared toward ages 10-14 and the author surely knows how to keep the attention of this age group.  The  story had internal logic which flowed and while there are twists and turns, they weren’t what you would have expected.  Along with hair-breath escapes from fantastical creatures you will find beautiful descriptions of undersea life.  The characters are well-developed and were consistent with their personalities  and they did not make any silly or foolish choices.  While I feel it can stand alone, this is the fourth book in the series, so I do recommend that you read the first three before delving into this story entire series is well worth the investment of time and money.

 

~Reviewed by Tim H.

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