Likes: Magic, elves, and sweets. The sugar addiction is a bit of a problem.
A swaggering rogue with secret allegiances Strengths: Charismatic and clever, Brock can usually talk his way out of tough situations. Weaknesses: Brock is overly protective of Zed, who is like a brother to him. He also has a very hard time controlling his temper, and always thinks he knows better than adults. Likes: Strategy, stealth, and standing up to bullies.
A fierce noble who dreams of becoming a knight Strengths: Tough, smart, and a natural-born leader, Liza is the very picture of knightly chivalry.
Weaknesses: Does her twin brother, Micah, count? Likes: Swords, her friends, and Guildmistress Frond, her role model. A loyal dwarf, wise beyond his years and mighty beyond his stature Strengths: Jett is cool under pressure and fearless in the defense of his friends. Weaknesses: He puts the needs of others before his own.
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He also develops crushes on his teammates a little too easily. Likes: Dwarven craftsmanship. Dwarven weapons. Dwarven poetry. Weaknesses: She can be prim and judgmental. Their plan? To assassinate the necromancer who's raising up and controlling the army of dead elves. But there are dangers loose in the forest as they travel: undead elves and other monsters. Will the young apprentices be able to fight them off?
When the mission is completed, will Zed decide to live with the elves or with humans? Will Zed and Brock mend their broken friendship? And can they control the powerful forces that still threaten them? The second book in this fantasy series is slower to spark than the thrilling first book, but it does catch fire, and fans of the wisecracking young adventurers will find their fun.
Before that, the action feels choppier, and like an overlong prelude. Also in the first half, buddies Brock and Zed are estranged, which restricts the banter. Once all the kids team up to unite for the mission, the quips and humor fly, and the story's more fun. Authors Zack Loran Clark and Nick Eliopulos again use their fictional fantasy world to draw parallels to current events and societal challenges. The elves are refugees, confined to a tent encampment. Some angry citizens consider them aliens, chanting, "Freestone first! And Zed deals with being multiracial, half-elf, half-human.
All of which can spur thought and discussion among readers, allowing them to consider hot-button topics at a comfortable fantasy remove. Have you ever had a friend pull away from you the way Brock distanced himself from Zed? How did it resolve? Have you ever felt torn between two worlds or identities, the way Zed feels half-human, half-elf? How do the various parts of your identity contribute to making you the person you are? Does the hostility toward the elven refugees seem similar to any situations in the real world today?
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Twilight of the Elves: The Adventurers Guild, Book 2
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I wish I was a fly on the wall for that conversation, you don't actively fight monsters so you have to brush your teeth! Percy Jackson is my jam! We've read through those a few times. I also really love Gregor the Overlander. Have you read that series?
Harry Potter, Artemis Fowl, and now this! I hope we continue finding amazing books to read together, because I know it's only temporary. Eventually, he isn't going to want me to read to him anymore, and he'll be doing it all on his own. He was convinced that this book was literal truth when it came to brushing your teeth. It took a little bit of explaining and convincing!
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Wow this sounds great! Glad it was such a good read for both of you. Nice too that you read it without having the first one and not being totally lost. I was lucky that it worked out that way! I accepted this book for review and the tour without realizing it was the second book in a series. I'm really glad it worked out in the end, and now we have something else to look forward to.
I think this series is so fun, and I love that it sparked lots of conversation between you and your son. Nicole Feed Your Fiction Addiction. I'm really glad I didn't need to read the first book to enjoy the second! I'm sure there are references that I'm not fully understanding, and I can't wait to go back and see what I've missed. Click the "Notify me" box if you want to be notified when someone responds! Nonsense and stuff and much of a muchness and nonsense all over again.
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Common Sense says
I'm really happy to share my thoughts on this book with you! Don't miss this second installment of Zack Loran Clark and Nicholas Eliopulos's Adventurers Guild trilogy, where the stakes are raised, the action is breathless, and the dangers will stop even the bravest of hearts. I loved it!