When Ty and Gemma stumble across a derelict township, they are shocked to discover that people were locked in and left to die as the ship sank. Something very sinister is happening, and Ty finds himself in the middle of tense relations with the irritable serfs. When Ty’s parents are kidnapped, Ty and Gemma race to find clues to their whereabouts and uncover a trail of disreputable dealings with outlaws, serfs and even the government.
Rip Tide is the sequel to Fall’s remarkable Dark Life, following Ty and Gemma on another incredible adventure. Throughout the story, the relationship between the two continues to grow, especially while Gemma deals with a debilitating fear of swimming in the ocean. In Fall’s unique world, humanity must turn to the oceans as the surface dwellers are cramped and over populated. The world beneath the water is vast and dangerous, but beautiful and full of wonder.
This latest story is even more dark and intense than the last. Full of mystery and intrigue, this science fiction novel for young adults is fast-paced and engaging. With several surprises along the way, I enjoyed this exciting voyage as much as the first. And while the story has a definite ending as before, I hope this riveting series continues.
Gretchen is a teenager torn between two worlds. While trying to keep up with school, she hunts monstrous creatures from the underworld at night. Meanwhile, Grace is new to San Francisco and her elite school. Then one night she sees a minotaur right out of Greek mythology, making her question her sanity. But the next time she sees a monster, Grace is confronted with a girl that looks exactly like her. Greer is living the high life with money, popularity, and a wannabe-surfer boyfriend. But when two girls that look just like her arrive on her doorstep claiming that they are triplets descended from a Greek myth with a destiny as hunters, Greer will have to reevaluate her priorities in life.
With a creative twist on Greek mythology, Childs has created a world where Medusa was misunderstood and cursed by a jealous Athena. Now, her teen descendents must join forces and become huntresses and fulfill a mysterious destiny. The three sisters could not be more different. Gretchen is jaded, standoffish and wholly embraces her huntress lifestyle. Grace is quiet, geeky and a bit of a pushover. And, at least on the surface, Greer is the typical spoiled, rich girl. Childs’ characters are incredibly vivid and complex.
First in a new series, Sweet Venom had me hooked from the start with great characters and plenty of fast-paced suspense, mystery and action. It’s highly entertaining and captivating. The Greek myth aspect of the story certainly adds a fun spin to this promising new series for young adults. With surprising revelations and a major cliffhanger, readers will be left wanting more. I, for one, can’t wait for the sequel.
Title: Ashes of a Black Frost: Book Three of the Iron Elves By: Chris Evans ISBN: 9781439180662 Format: HC Price: $25.99/$29.99 CAN On Sale: 10/18/11
Description: Bones jutted from the sand at angles—not odd angles, though, for that would suggest that there were ways bones could protrude that made sense—and the eyes of those still living stared and saw nothing.
Amidst a scene of carnage on a desert battlefield blanketed in metallic snow, Major Konowa Swift Dragon sees his future, and it is one drenched in shadow and blood. Never mind that he has won a grand victory for the Calahrian Empire. He came here in search of his lost regiment of elves, while the Imperial Prince came looking for the treasures of a mystical library, and both ventures have failed. But Konowa knows, as do the Iron Elves—both living and dead—that another, far more important battle now looms before them. The campaign in the desert was only the latest obstacle on the twisted, darkening path leading inexorably to the Hyntaland, and the final confrontation with the dreaded Shadow Monarch.
In this third novel of musket and magic in Chris Evans’s Iron Elves saga, Konowa’s ultimate journey is fraught with escalating danger. A vast, black forest finds a new source of dark power, spawning creatures even more monstrous than the blood trees from which they evolve. The maniacally unstable former emissary of the Shadow Monarch hungers for revenge, leading an army of ravenous beasts bent on utterly destroying the Iron Elves. A reluctant hero, Private Alwyn Renwar, struggles to maintain his connection to this world and that of the loyalty of the shades of the dead. And in a maze of underground tunnels, Visyna Tekoy, whom Konowa counts among those he has loved and lost, fights for her life against the very elves he so desperately wants to find.
And so Konowa sets off from this Canyon of Bones, pursuing his freedom from a curse that has cast his life in darkness. For though his long, violent trek may indeed lead him to his destiny, he is ill prepared for the discovery he will make . . . with the fate of the Iron Elves, and the world, hinging on the courage of one wrathful elf.
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