Many, many times a week I receive messages from readers, asking where they should turn after reading all the Harry Potter books until their pages fell out. What answer could be more appropriate than another thrilling fantasy series featuring a teenaged boy hero?
In this fifth book, Jack and Draycos have been joined by another symbiotic pair: Alison Kayna and a female dragon named Taneem.
In the fourth novel of his adventures, Revolutionary War-era British naval hero Richard Bolitho gets his first command: the fighting sloop Sparrow.
The title of this fifth Richard Bolitho novel comes from the lyrics of the song “Heart of Oak,” one of the great musical symbols of Britain’s sea power in the era of sail, wooden-hulled vessels, and great roaring guns that had to be loaded a shot at a time. As the newly appointed commander of His Britannic Majesty’s Frigate Phalerope, Dick Bolitho will need a heart of oak. His mission: to bring his crew back from the brink of mutiny in time to face an enemy that shares his very flesh and blood.
Guided in part by the advice of a knowledgeable second-hand bookseller, and in part by the recommendations listed in the foreparts of the Ramage books, I decided to give the Bolitho novels by Alexander Kent a try. It already runs to more than two dozen books, and it seems the author is still writing them, so I reckoned they would provide ample hours of reading pleasure.
This sequel to the delightful Newbery Honor Book, The Gammage Cup, features a new group of unlikely heroes from the Minnipins, river folk who dwell in a sheltered, isolated valley, for whom the outside world is such a distant memory that it has passed from history to legend.
This novel of the Minnipins is an unusual, but very enjoyable story. It is partly a social satire, set in an idyllic country ruled by a sort of traditional wisdom that, by its rigid changelessness, has become foolish. And it is partly a fantasy-adventure yarn in which five free-thinkers come to the rescue of the society that has cast them out.
The author of Ella Enchanted and several other fairy tales re-told (prominently, the “Princess Tales”) comes through again with this tale of two devoted sisters living in the magical land of Bamarre.
If you’ve ever seen a spy thriller (as a movie), or read one (as a book), you may have encountered a fascinating little training exercise known as Kim’s Game.
The winner of the 1929 Newbery Medal is an action-packed historical novel set in 15th-century Poland. But its historical roots go even deeper.