The Last Enchanter (The Celestine Chronicles)
When word of the king's death murder reaches Marcus, Zyll heads to Dokur to help Kelvin, leaving Marcus beh The Story- Marcus is at home again after healing his brother Kelvin and figuring out about the Rock of Ivanore.
When word of the king's death murder reaches Marcus, Zyll heads to Dokur to help Kelvin, leaving Marcus behind. However, Marcus sees a vision of Zyll's death and follows to warn and protect his grandfather. Clovis and Bryn join Marcus, along with Lael, a young girl from their village looking for her mother. Together they discover there is trouble in the Kingdom and secrets yet to be revealed. My Thoughts- A great fantasy sequel that will take readers on a journey into a new and magical world. The story takes place only months after the first book.
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Marcus is still a strong character, but the consequences of using his magic have affected him deeply. It took him so long in the first book to believe in himself, and now in the second he is hampered by pain. However, this brave boy is not stopped when he believes his grandfather's life is in danger. He heads out on a journey, ready to face what may come. A new character is introduced, Lael. She is spunky and feisty and I love her character development. She comes from an abusive family, where her father beats her, and her mother was sold into slavery. Instead of cowering, she hides money away from her father for years, waiting until she has enough coin to buy her mother back.
She obviously has an interest romantically in Marcus, but poor girl, he is oblivious. One thing that confused me was the ending where Lael finds her mother. When the woman is revealed it didn't quite jive right. There is no way the mother would not have recognized Lael's story and learned her name. But, as a motive, a missing mother drives Lael to progress in the plot. I think I would have like a bit of a quest feeling when Marcus heads off to find the maker of the key.
He heads into no-mans land, but the journey is way too easy and ends too fast. The conclusion of finding the key maker does reveal secrets to Marcus that advance the story and bring the whole book full circle, leading back to saving Kelvin and the kingdom. There are a couple character twirks that bothered me, but the overall story is fun and imaginative. There are motifs of family, bravery and courage that are well developed and add action to the story.
As the characters grow, I'm thinking that we will be moving into YA for the next book. Hopefully there will be one, because we end with a great revelation. Nov 07, Sharon Tyler rated it really liked it. Months have passed since Marcus and Kelvin completed their quest to find the Rock of Ivanore. When Fredric is murdered and Kelvin becomes king, 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' The Last Enchanter by Laurisa White Reyes is the sequel to The Rock of Ivanore.
Marcus is still a little immature, but growing in character and power. Kelvin is struggling in trusting in the people that have always surrounded his grandfather- which puts him and the entire kingdom in danger. The band of friends even when separated are solid characters, and include new members this time around.
I loved the inclusion of Lael, although several of the twists involving her were ones that I predicted from the moment of her introduction. There were plenty of surprises, and lots of action to keep readers turning pages. My only frustration with Lael and Marcus was the reinforcement of the idea that boys and girls treat each other badly because they secretly like them. I do not want my son or daughter to think they should treat the ones they like badly, or accept others treating them that way as normal or a good thing.
However, that was more of an after thought after completing the book than something that bothered me while reading. The journey in search of answers, and a way to save the entire kingdom from ruin, is just as clever and exciting as the first book. As a whole the story left me eager to see just where this group will wind up next. The Last Enchanter is a book that I would recommend to all readers that love a good fantasy novel, but I do recommend reading The Rock of Ivanore first since it sets up the need for the sequel and offers readers a better understanding of the characters and politics.
I cannot wait to see more from the author, and hopefully with these characters. Oct 12, Akoss rated it it was amazing Shelves: After I was done reading book 2 of the Celestine Chronicles, all I could think was "holy molly", over and over. It was hard to put my thoughts in order for a somewhat coherent review. All I want to say is "read this like NOW! I would like to start with a small disclaimer. Book one had 14 years old characters and some crush, but it was easy for me to still categorize it as middle grade.
This time around they are either 15 or pretty close to be o After I was done reading book 2 of the Celestine Chronicles, all I could think was "holy molly", over and over. This time around they are either 15 or pretty close to be or older and there was a kiss on the lips. That's where I personally draw my line and that's where a middle grade becomes a young adult for me plus you have the age thing. So, since the series started on the high end of middle grade they are now moving into low young adult. I'm not complaining at all, just clarifying. Alright, now for some gushing. Let's talk about the stakes.
They were so high in this book because people kept secrets, got betrayed, assassinated, imprisoned, thrown into an arena and so much more. It was hard to distinguish true allies from possible traitors and emotions ran pretty high, especially with Marcus. Marcus who discovered more about his supposedly deceased mother in book one, now had a lot more on his plate. He had to travel into a very dangerous territory were fortunately he made some surprising allies. He needed to uncover more about his mother and hopefully in the process unmask the person who assassinated King Frederic.
While all that was ongoing he found himself struggling with strong emotions of jealousy, love and pride. I was hoping to get to know Kelvin a bit more but he became quite distant once he was the new King. Jayson was his usual self, if not a bit more human and less Agoran. The setting didn't change too much except for the introduction of Groc territory which added another layer of danger and darkness to their journey.
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Things happened pretty fast and the urge to know who did what or when the characters were going to catch the bad guy s made this an absolute page turner. One of the boys, Kelvin, is living as royalty in Dokur, and Marcus is studying magic with Zyll. It is great to find a fantasy book for younger kids.
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First the cover of the book is really cool. The plot was exciting and keeps you turning the pages. I liked that some of the things from the first book are explained a bit better in this book. The action was exciting and the characters are very believable. I really liked the spunky new character, Lael. She is fun to read about. There are great plot twists and things revealed that are a total surprise.
At pages this kid-friendly fantasy novel is great for younger kids — or even older ones who want a great story with fabulous characters. Sep 27, Tonja Drecker rated it really liked it. Laurisa has put together an amazing world with characters so real, they could walk through the door, and you'd feel like you'd known them forever. The main character, Marcus, might be an enchanter's apprentice and of royal blood, but he still comes across as a normal boy with flaws and mistakes.
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His friends, with their fun banter and individual personalities, not only help him through even the tightest situation, but add the perfect amount of fun and spunk to the story. The story around Marcus is Laurisa has put together an amazing world with characters so real, they could walk through the door, and you'd feel like you'd known them forever. The story around Marcus is very complex for the intended age group, and doesn't run the danger of talking down to them.
There's lots of action. I especially enjoyed the sword fighting scenes - terrific!
Although the main plot centers on Marcus, I enjoyed the sub-plots and the way they weaved together at the end. At times, I would have liked to see the story move along a little faster, but there were enough unanswered question and surprising twists to keep me reading. And the short chapter length was definitely a plus, giving the reader a chance to take a break and not loose their place. Of course, I won't spoil it, but it has all the tension and adventure and discoveries that a fantasy like this needs. Mar 05, Heidi rated it really liked it Shelves: A fun fantasy series with plenty of exciting twists.
Marcus finds himself once again on a quest. This time it's to stop a plot to kill the new king, who happens to be Marcus's brother. But in the process he must avoid being killed himself and face new challenges not the least of which is a girl. Will his magical skills be enough to save him and his friends? And what about the dreams that seem so real?
I really enjoyed this, but I do recommend you read the first book in the series first, because A fun fantasy series with plenty of exciting twists. I really enjoyed this, but I do recommend you read the first book in the series first, because a lot of things that happen in this book are directly connected to what happens in the first book. Marcus is an appealing character with unique abilities that scare him, especially since there seem to be some serious side affects to his previous magical use.
His relationship with Lael made me roll my eyes and snicker at times because while it was obvious to me what was going on, Marcus was clueless for most of the story. I found myself quite involved in the story as the action starts quite quickly which is great since most middle grade readers won't keep reading if the story doesn't draw them in immediately. I think most kids will enjoy the action and adventure of this story.
Details on how to enter the giveaway can be found at the end of this post! The Last Enchanter Book 2: Published by Tanglewood Press on October 15, It is great to find a fantasy book for younger kids. First the cover of the book is really cool. The plot was exciting and keeps you turning the pages. I liked that some of the things from the first book are explained a bit better in this book. The action was exciting and the characters are very believable.
I really liked the spunky new character, Lael. She is fun to read about. There are great plot twists and things revealed that are a total surprise. At pages this kid-friendly fantasy novel is great for younger kids — or even older ones who want a great story with fabulous characters.
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I give The Last Enchanter five out of five bookworms! To learn more about Ms. Reyes and her books —. I zoomed right by Reading for Renn points! This looks like an exciting read. LOL Congrats on all those points too. Way to go Erik! Will we hear about any of those books? This one looks pretty awesome. I like that cover. Soaring on giant birds.