In Snow White and the Huntsman, Kristen Stewart (Twilight) plays the only person in the land fairer than the evil queen (Oscar® winner Charlize Theron) out to destroy her. But what the wicked ruler never imagined is that the young woman threatening her reign has been training in the art of war with a huntsman (Chris Hemsworth of Thor) dispatched to kill her. Sam Claflin also joins the cast as the prince long enchanted by Snow White’s beauty and power.
Snow White and the Huntsman hits theaters June 1, 2012.
Sarah Stanton has left the comforts of home and her wealthy father for freedom and the chance to hunt down the murderers of her mentor Sir Dennis Darby and the automaton Tom. After surviving an attack by the Children of Eschaton, Sarah meets a young man named Emelio who may be able to help her rebuild Tom from its broken mechanical heart. Meanwhile, Lord Eschaton is infiltrating the Paragons, taking them out one by one before setting his sights on Sarah and the automaton’s heart.
Hearts of Smoke and Steam picks up not long after the events in the previous novel. Sarah begins showing much more strength of character. And her new relationship with Emelio grows quickly but sweetly. Emelio’s sister is bold and brash character, who adds a bit of humor to an otherwise somewhat dark mood.
As before, there is no shortage of suspense, action, and steam-powered adventure. Mayer has created a unique and exciting world of eccentric characters, clever gadgets, and engaging drama. This superhero, steampunk series is not to be missed. Though, the heroes are vastly outnumbered by villains in this story. With plenty of unexpected plot twists, the intensity builds to a climactic, cliffhanger ending. The next in the series can’t come fast enough.
Jason is back home, after returning from his adventures in Lyrian. But knowing Rachel is still there and in possible danger, Jason manages to cross back to Lyrian the same way he got there last time – through the mouth of a hippo. Meanwhile, Rachel is developing her magical talents, and it’s soon apparent she has more potential than anyone thought possible. The two Beyonders must eventually meet up with the Blind King and start a quest to bring together sympathetic kingdoms to rebel against Maldor.
Second in the Beyonders trilogy that began with A World Without Heroes, Seeds of Rebellion brings back many familiar characters as well as some new that quickly became favorites. Mull’s creative world of Lyrian has a fantastic array of unique races, some familiar with a new twist. A favorite character is Ferrin, a displacer who can remove body parts at will without harm, who is completely honest about his traitorous tendencies yet wants to remain loyal to Jason.
This quality epic fantasy is geared towards a younger crowd but can be enjoyed by readers of all ages. A quest-based fantasy, the adventure is even-paced and woven with complexity. Plenty of mystery, suspense, magic, and humor make this sequel even more enjoyable than the first. As a fan of Mull’s Fablehaven series, I can’t get enough of his bold characters, amazing worldbuilding, and quality storytelling. The novel ends with a cliffhanger and plenty of build-up that will leave readers with high expectations for the third and final installment.