Just to be clear, I’m on a review and tour lockdown, but not for authors that I’ve reviewed in the past! Having said that, welcome to the official blog tour for The Last Enchanter, Book II of The Celestine Chronicles, a fun-filled fantasy adventure series for middle grade readers. I read and reviewed Book 1 last time and I quite enjoyed it so I was pretty excited to read this book.
About the Book
In Book I, The Rock of Ivanore, enchanter’s apprentice Marcus Frye and five other boys set out on a dangerous journey to locate the Rock of Ivanore and bring it back to their village.
In The Last Enchanter, months have passed since they succeeded in their quest. One of the boys, Kelvin, is living as royalty in Dokur, and Marcus is studying magic with Zyll. When Lord Fredric is murdered and Kelvin becomes king, the Enchanter Zyll and Marcus head for Dokur in hopes of protecting Kelvin from meeting the same fate, though it quickly becomes apparent that none of them are safe, and Marcus has had disturbing visions of Zyll’s death. With the help of his old friends Clovis and Bryn, joined by new friend Lael, a feisty girl in search of her mother, Marcus uncovers a powerful secret that will change the course of his life forever.
In addition to The Last Enchanter being released on October 15th in hardback, The Rock of Ivanore is also now available in paperback!
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As with the first book, The Last Enchanter is a quick read. The language and writing style are very simple and easy to follow. There’s not a lot of complicated twists and turns in the book, but for me it was enjoyable enough. It isn’t as action-packed as the first, I think, but it still had its share of adventure and magic. There’s a new character thrown in with the group. Lael, a girl from Marcus’s village, joins the boys on their adventure. She’s a little annoying, but she added a new dynamic to the story. The book also introduces new creatures and new places. We learn a little more about the history of the kingdom, the land, and the different races or people. We also learn more about Ivanore, who’s kind of at the center of the story like in the first book.
Overall, The Last Enchanter is a nice and light fantasy read fit for young readers. For some reason, I was into the first book more, but this second one does take us to the next phase of the series and further builds anticipation for the rest of the series. It’s also a nice read for not-so-young-anymore readers like me who want a break from high or epic fantasies.
Note: I received a review copy of this book as part of my participation in the tour. All opinions and views expressed here are my own.
About the Author
Laurisa White Reyes has been writing since the age of 5 when she wrote her first poem on a scrap of poster board. After earning a degree in English at California State University at Northridge, she spent thirteen years writing for various magazines and newspapers, working as a book editor, and teaching creative writing. She gave up all that six years ago to follow her lifelong dream of writing novels. Her first book, The Rock of Ivanore, will be released in May 2012.Besides writing, Laurisa is also a voracious reader. She also loves musical theater, chocolate, sushi, ancient history, bearded dragons, and rain storms. She lives in Southern California with her husband, 5 children, 4 birds, 2 lizards, 2 turtles, 1 fish, 1 dog, and a partridge in a pear tree.
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