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The Floating Island (Lost Journals of Ven Polypheme (Hardback)) Hardcover – Bargain Price, August 22, 2006
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However, before he can complete his task, fire pirates attack his ship. Ven barely survives and only because the crew of another ship traveling the Island of Serendair rescue him. Ven is thankful to not only have a little magical adventure but unbeknownst to him he is the center of a conspiracy that started with the piracy raid. Unknown assailants believe Ven can lead them to the uncharted Floating Island where they can obtain the Water of Life; if his family, friends, and workers must die so be it.
Ven's journal entries and sketches found centuries later by archeologists make THE FLOATING ISLAND seem genuine though it is a sword and sorcery tale. The story line is action-packed as Ven relates his first adventures years before he becomes famous for his classic later works The Book of All Human Knowledge and All the World's Magic. Readers will appreciate this coming of age story as the look back by archeologists at the "authentic" persona and events make the realm of THE SYMPHONY OF AGES series setting real inside a fun fantasy. Elizabeth Haydon is at the top of her game with this superb sword and sorcery "historical".
The ship is attacked by Fire Pirates who pray upon vessels, leaving Ven with no other choice but to blow it up! Ven awakens to find the ship gone and in the company of a Merrow (a mermaid) on a jetsam. He is later picked up by a passing ship known as the Serelinda, which takes Ven to a Floating Island and the Seren Star Land, The Island of Serendair! Ven always gets what he always dreamed of, journeying off to a far distant land and exploring! But evil arises, and Ven finds himself in trouble he didn't want or expect with being accused by a scoundrel of a man and taken prisoner and threatened to be executed unless he can convince them otherwise...
The Floating Island is a great start to the Lost Journals of Ven Polypheme. I believe this is a nice prologue to Elizabeth Haydon's: The Symphony of Ages series, which is a World Wide Bestseller, starting with the New York Times, USA Today Bestseller and phenomenal: Rhapsody, Child of Blood. If you read the Symphony of Ages series by Haydon, than you surely shall references to the famed Nain Explorer by the scales of the Stolen Deck and his book: The Book of All Human Knowledge and All The World's Magic.Read more ›
There is a lot of potential for fun and adventure in the story, but the book is relatively slow and directionless. Ven, the protagonist, doesn't have any clear goals or motives so he doesn't drive anything that happens in the first half of the book. Things happen to him and things happen around him. People rescue him, give him tasks, and send him places in order to propel the story. It seems like Ven is just along for the ride, which results in him being pretty dull.
There were also two aspects of the book that really bothered me. First, the conceit of the book is that it was written from fragments of Ven's journal that were discovered years later. The author chose to express this by writing the book in the third person limited POV with occasional passages in first person which represent excerpts from the journal. I found the journal entries to be jarring and redundant. They broke the natural flow of the narrative and rarely offered anything new or interesting.
The other element of the story that bothered me was the existence of numerous different races who didn't seem particularly distinct from one another. I'm not certain what the point of this was. The races are more than just ethnicities because there are significant differences in life spans and maturation as well as smaller physical details (Ven is a Nain, a race that lives 4 times as long as people and can't grow beards, but otherwise he's basically just like a normal human). When staying at an inn, he meets members of other races who look so much like humans that Ven is surprised to find out they aren't human.Read more ›
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I am hoping author continues the series. I have been unable to find any additional books.Published 9 months ago by Jo
I am starting to think that much of the best writing in sci fi / fantasy is taking place in the YA gernre. Fantastic book!Published 11 months ago by John E. Clark
Great book for young and old. Easy reading but keeps the adventure moving along. Will be saving this series for my 9 year old grandson to read.Published 16 months ago by N. C. Hager
I know this book was designed for younger readers, however I did not know this until afterwards. I bought it as simply another of Haydon's books. Read morePublished 17 months ago by bookwyrm
Cool looking hardback book. Covers are blue under the paper. This will look nice on the bookshelf. Using it for decoration for now. I'll read it later.Published 22 months ago by T. Ottey
I love the Rhapsody series of books by Elizabeth Haydon. There are vague references in them to the stories of Ven Polypheme. Read morePublished on December 5, 2013 by Amazon Customer
haydon created an awesome world setting, i enjoyed every book she wrote in it. wish she wrote faster though :)Published on March 20, 2013 by kristofer allen