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Monday, June 2, 2014

{Blog Tour} The Dragon's Egg by HB Bolton -- with reviews, video trailer, and giveaway!


    The Dragon's EggThe Dragon’s Egg (Relics of Mysticus- Book Three) by H.B. Bolton

    Sure, the glass castle floating over Evan’s head makes him uneasy, but that’s the least of his worries. With each step inside the Dungeon of Dreadful Dreams, he must battle against his worst nightmares. One after the other, wispy smoke-filled bull sharks come at him — he must remember they’re only illusions pulled from his imagination by those dreaded shadowlike hands. If only the vengeful dragon circling above was also an illusion and didn’t have his mind set on destroying the one person who can control him: Emrys.

    Inside the castle’s glass tower, Emrys sleeps in an eternal slumber, and Evan’s uncertain whether he can save the great wizard. Especially now that Emrys’ former student, the Lady of the Lake, has joined forces with the cunning immortal Alamaz. Together they have already stolen the Dragon’s Egg, but their greed doesn’t end there. The Siren’s Pearl calls to them, and that means only one thing … Atlantis is in trouble.

    Join Evan, Claire, and Dunkle — along with a few other unlikely heroes — as they travel across the realm of Medieval Legends, float through the Ancient Isle of Avalon, plunge inside the Dungeon of Dreadful Dreams, and be there when Atlantis rises once again.

     I had the opportunity to read all three books in the Relics of Mysticus series by H.B. Bolton. This is a fun, adventure series targeted towards middle school aged children, but, with an adventure and quest like the one they embark upon and the fantasy of what they are learning, should appeal to all ages. If you enjoyed the subtle learning and fun adventure of the kids in Fablehaven by Brandon Mull, you will love this series! It takes you from mythology to mythology with a pair of siblings who will make you smile as you witness their interactions and maturation.

    I found this first installment enchanting and well-paced for a middle grade readers. Evan & Claire's ages seem a little old for their personalities, but that brother/sister interaction is dead on. Asgard and the environment of the gods is well- described and magical as are the creatures and gods these two siblings encounter. While I would've liked to see this sibling duo be a little more powerful and pro-active, I found the divine intervention help they received much more believable as they are children going up against gods! I loved watching the development of Claire. She's sweet and compassionate and you see her mature bit by bit. Evan and his jokes and thoughts on things made me chuckle throughout the novel. This is a great start to a what I am sure is going to be a wonderful fantasy series! Not overly complicated in its plot, a little predictable for an adult, but a fun, rollicking ride that I could easily see as an animated series.

    And we're back to Claire & Evan! Just as things are calming down in their lives, Dunkle makes an appearance at their school. Dun dun dun! This time, the mythology is Native American as a coyote trickster has escaped! The trickster, Mica, is hilarious, but it took me a while to warm up to Claire & Evan again. Evan seems to have regressed in his maturity level and was a tad annoying with his "I'm better than everyone!" attitude and Claire is just too boy crazy. While Claire easily accepts information coming her way instead of fighting/arguing against it like many other female protagonists would do, she also defers a lot to Chayton instead of taking charge. These quest stories are fantastic as they take these two through another adventure where they learn and grow and mature to likable characters once more. I like that they have this unspoken responsibility for the Mysticus items, to be guardians and to search for them when they go missing. I enjoy the interactions between Claire & Evan and find it to be realistic for siblings. This was another wonderful book in the series and, since I have book three on hand, I am ready to jump into THE DRAGON'S EGG!

    Ahhh, from Asgard to Native American mythology to Avalon! This series grew and grew, with more action, more development, the kids coming into their own as they embark on another adventure, and it was quite fast paced! I hesitate to say more as I don't want any spoilers, but I definitely would recommend this series as one to read with your child or to read on your own for a light escape into well known myths and fantasies.

    The Serpents Ring

      The Serpent's Ring (Relics of Mysticus- Book One)

    Evan and Claire Jones are typical teenagers, forced to go with their parents to yet another boring museum … that is, until something extraordinary happens to make their day a little more than interesting. After following a strange little creature into a closed exhibit, Evan and his older sister, Claire, discover the Serpent’s Ring, one of the magical relics formed from the shattered Mysticus Orb. Purely by accident, they have awakened its powers and opened a portal to Sagaas, land of ancient gods.

    Before the siblings can comprehend what has happened, the Serpent’s Ring is wrenched from Evan’s hand by an enormous fish and flown back to Aegir, the Norse god of the sea. Evan and Claire, accompanied by a band of unlikely heroes, must retrieve the Serpent’s Ring before Aegir uses its immense powers to flood all the lands on Earth.

    tricksters-totem-cover-low-res-200x300The Trickster's Totem (Relics of Mysticus - Book Two)
    Life has returned to normal for fourteen-year-old Evan and his older sister, Claire. That is until Dunkle, a clever but stinky little imp, pays an unexpected visit to their school. He has come to take the siblings back to Sagaas, the mythical realm of the gods. Once again, a Relic from the ancient Mysticus Orb has fallen into the wrong hands. Only Evan and Claire, with their unique mystical abilities, can help find it.

    Through the power of the Trickster’s Totem, a coyote trickster has escaped. His laughter echoes throughout the realm, as he spreads mischief and mayhem. He burns an entire crop of popcorn, carves his grinning image into sacred artifacts, and things really get interesting when he shape-shifts into Evan’s friends.

    Claire and Evan must capture the Trickster, retrieve the Totem, and be careful not to become sidetracked by robotic Steampunk animals, “sweet” pixie-like Pains, and a problematic mermaid … all while dodging Mothman-like aces. Most surprising, Evan discovers the true reason dragons exist in the Native American Spirit World.

     About the Author:
    A magical part of H.B. Bolton’s childhood was being swept into worlds of enchanting
    characters, fantastical creatures and extraordinary powers—simply by picking up a book. As a mother and a teacher, she was compelled to create imaginary worlds of her own in order to share them, not just with her children, but with all children. H.B. Bolton lives in Florida with her supportive husband and two highly spirited children. Shh, can you keep a secret? Not only does she write books for the young-at-heart, adventurous sort who yearn to dive into a good young-adult fantasy story, she also writes spellbinding, heart pounding women’s fiction. These particular books are written under the name Barbara Brooke, but that’s another story, altogether.

    Connect with H.B. Bolton here:

    $25 gift card (Int), paperback set of all 3 books (US), ebook set of all books (INT)

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