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The Drowned Vault (Ashtown Burials #2) [Kindle Edition]

N.D. Wilson
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Fans of both Percy Jackson and Indiana Jones will be captivated by the lost civilizations, ancient secrets, and buried treasure found in the second book of the Ashtown Burials series, action-packed adventure by N. D. Wilson, the author of Leepike Ridge and the 100 Cupboards trilogy.

It's been almost a year since Cyrus and Antigone Smith earned their places as Journeymen at Ashtown, home of an ancient order of explorers that has long guarded the world's secrets and treasures. While their studies go well, Cy and Tigs are not well liked since losing the Dragon's Tooth to the nefarious Dr. Phoenix. The Tooth is the only object in the world capable of killing the long-lived transmortals, and Phoenix has been tracking them down one-by-one, and murdering them.

The surviving transmortals, led by legendary warrior Gilgamesh of Uruk, descend on Ashtown in force, demanding justice. Cy and Tigs find themselves on the run in a desperate search to locate Phoenix and regain the Tooth. In the process, they uncover an evil even more dangerous than Phoenix, one that has been waiting for centuries to emerge.

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Gr 6-10-This action-packed sequel to The Dragon's Tooth (Random, 2011) promises-and delivers-as much magic, mystery, and mythology as its predecessor. Thanks to Cyrus and Antigone Smith, Dr. Phoenix now possesses the Dragon's Tooth-and he's been using it to hunt and kill immortals worldwide. Phoenix has a dark agenda, but an evil alliance of immortals, Ordo Draconis, also seeks the tooth's power. Worse, the Ordos have a centuries-old vendetta against the Smith family. Circumstances within the Order of Brendan are already shaky when fearful immortals, led by Gilgamesh of Uruk, storm Ashtown, demanding Smith blood. The siblings narrowly escape. To help retrieve the tooth, they recruit the infamous immortal, Captain John Smith. Cyrus has a plan, but will it work? Characters are well drawn, and the story's many interwoven plotlines, although complex, are easy to follow. This absorbing guy-friendly adventure will appeal to fans of Michael Scott and Rick Riordan.-Alissa J. Bach, Oxford Public Library, MIα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

From Booklist

Cyrus and Antigone Smith have a lot of problems. Their mother is still unresponsive in the hospital. The Ordo Draconis was stopped the last time out by their ancestor, Captain John Smith, but the cabal seems intent on rising to power again. The siblings should be training to become explorers, but there isn’t enough time. The leadership of the Order of Brendan is changing, and the transmortals—like Gilgamesh of Uruk—want revenge on Cyrus because he inadvertently put the Tooth of the Dragon into the hands of Dr. Phoenix. It’s no wonder the Smiths are on the run with the other Polygoners. They must fight their way through physical and emotional torture as they seek to release Captain Smith and stop Phoenix. Beginning where The Dragon’s Tooth (2011) left off, Wilson’s second installment is fast-paced and creatively plotted. New characters, such as Arache and her spiders and a mysterious red-winged blackbird, add complexity in relationships and prevent the story line from feeling contrived. In exploring the idea of what it means to be truly alive, this novel will move wide audiences. Grades 8-12. --Melissa Moore

Product Details

  • File Size: 2180 KB
  • Print Length: 465 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B009IA3K1Y
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (September 11, 2012)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007M2A68A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Even better than the last September 11, 2012
By Books31
While I liked the first book in the Ashtown Burials series, The Dragon's Tooth, at the time I felt like it was a tad young for my taste. It started out with a bang but then seemed to slope towards a younger audience. Entirely understandable, but just not my cup of tea.

But The Drowned Vault left me with a completely different feeling. This book started out with a bang and just kept going. It didn't spend eons catching readers up like I expected, instead it went straight to the action and kept running. Readers will love the increased interactions with transmortals (god like creatures who aren't limited by silly things such as death), watching them use their powers, fight, and really charge up the story. These transmortals change the entire shape of the story, instead of just fighting a war on just one front, with Phoenix, now with the transmortals free, the O and B in shambles, and the Smiths on the run from everyone, lets just say readers will not be easily bored.

Of course, besides constant action, N.D. Wilson really stepped up his writing game this book, building on his characters and letting them grow and become fuller. This allows for both captivating reading as well as a deeper involvement with the book and characters overall, making a much more enjoyable read.

Really that sums up The Drowned Vault pretty succinctly. It is fun, exciting, full of action and good characters, and I absolutely can't wait to find out what happens in the next book in the captivating series.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait for the next volume! September 12, 2012
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I was up all night reading last night, I couldn't put this down! I reread the first book before receiving this one and really noticed a difference in the storytelling; this narrative is much stronger and more engaging than the first. While it does seem that the action is non-stop I feel like back stories are filled in much better than in the first novel and you get a better glimpse into the backgrounds of the characters and a better understanding of what is going on and why it is happening. There were twists and turns to the story that I didn't anticipate and I will surely reread this to pick up on any little clues I may have missed in my eagerness to get to the end.

This novel is a bit darker than the first, in that it deals with death and resurrection and some rather morbid issues though NOT in a graphic way. I would be a bit cautious in giving it to a young reader but didn't find it overly scary or horrific or graphic, just a bit creepy. If you liked the first novel you will like this one even more and will be on the edge of your seat till the end!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Such a good writer! October 26, 2012
By Brooke
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My family loves ND Wilson. This book did not disappoint. It continues the saga of Antigone and Cyrus Smith. The humor is dry and quick. Wilson's descriptions of life and childhood are deep and nuanced. My children have listened to many of his books so I often use them as references for good writing. All writing is telling a story and few are currently doing it as we'll as ND Wilson. I would recommend Andrew Peterson if you like Wilson. The Wingfeather Saga also follows the lives of a young set of siblings.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book - new level of awesome! September 14, 2012
By rla2010
If you enjoyed the first book in the series, you will LOVE the second one. Fast paced & adventurous, ND Wilson is a master storyteller. I absolutely could not put this book down yet I was heartbroken once I finished. If you're wondering if it's worth it to continue the series I would say a resounding yes. It was a delight to get to know the richness that lies beneath each character. Comparatively I would say Dragon's Tooth read like a pilot of a tv show...having to introduce all those characters amidst all the life changing action going on was a bit dizzying. But Drowned Vault really gets you into the meat of the characters and the story. Highly recommend, and looking forward to the next one!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get ready to drown September 11, 2012
Only the man who penned the crazy happy "Notes From the Tilt-A-Whirl" could weave death, dying, life, mortality, snot, sweat, blood, laughter, tears, and resurrection into such a story. Characters hailing from "The Dragon's Tooth" are back and more awesome than ever. New characters are everywhere: new loves, new hates, new giggles, new eye-rolls. And stepping out of most children's lit into N.D. Wilson's writing is, as always, like stepping from black-and-white into a hi-def color explosion. He lassos this world with words as with a whip, catching the images, the textures, the emotions in a way that grabs us and makes us say, "Yes. That's exactly how it is."

Reading "The Drowned Vault" is like rolling around in a pile of leaves, and every leaf a truth--truth about man, truth about the world, truth about the devil, truth about the Storyteller of it all. Open your senses. Open your mind. And if you don't open your heart, it'll be open by the end. Get ready to drown.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars did not disappoint! December 10, 2013
By jen
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more fantastic writing from ND Wilson…on to the next one!

(really, amazon? 10 more words required?)

yes, this is a genuine review!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spine-tingling Goodness November 2, 2013
Captured my imagination in that same way that Lewis did so frequently in the Chronicles of Narnia, with a little bit of Indiana Jones thrown in for good measure and the kind of deep comedy that makes the spine tingle.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Keeping up with the Kids October 21, 2013
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I've been keeping up with the grands on their reading, and find this series delightful. It is great to have a good mystery series that is not only riviting, but holds to some great values for the young people who like to read them. Hey, it kept me guessing!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars another great Wilson installment
Great typical writing from Mr. Wilson, mixing excitement and fantasy with dirt and a plot that unravels like an onion, and leaving you with the feeling like you've just read a good... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jeff
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite series
Each volume of the Ashtown Burials gets better and better.

I read them aloud to my kids. (And I read them silently to myself when reading to my kids goes too slow...)
Published 2 months ago by Eric Schumacher
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting and captivating read!
I loved how the story progressed from the first book & all the new and returning characters. I became so engrossed in the plot that I couldn't put it down!
Published 3 months ago by Jodi Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars We loved them
I read all three of these books to my 8-year-old daughter and we have loved them. We are biting our nails waiting for another one. Read more
Published 3 months ago by sharon
5.0 out of 5 stars Every bit as good as The Dragon's Tooth
Every bit as good as The Dragon's Tooth, which is a must-read before reading this. Seriously, you will not be able to follow this book if you haven't read the first one. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting adventure
Love these books! Just the right amount of adventure, creepiness, suspense and bravery. We all looked forward to our nightly readings of Ashtown Burials and were disappointed when... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Holly McCabe
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent sequel
Cyrus and Antigone continue their adventures in this much anticipated sequel to the Dragon's Tooth by N.D. Wilson. It does not disappoint. Love this series!
Published 5 months ago by Gen
2.0 out of 5 stars A torturous roller coaster ride
This is the second in the Ashtown Burials serial. Some reviewers thought this was better than the first, but I disagree. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Cindy Eiger
4.0 out of 5 stars Hooked my teenager! What is more to say?
My daughter is somewhat fussy about what she reads. In fact, I have never come close to finding her a book in this genre that she really dives into. Read more
Published 6 months ago by C. Pearce
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic series
I suppose this might be called "young adult" fiction. But that's just stupid. This series is a gripping read for any age. Read more
Published 7 months ago by B. Piper
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More About the Author

N. D. Wilson is the author of Leepike Ridge, a children's adventure story, and 100 Cupboards, the first installment in a multi-world fantasy series. He enjoys high winds, milk, and night-time. He received his Masters degree from Saint John's College in Annapolis, Maryland, is the managing editor of Credenda/Agenda magazine and is also a Fellow of Literature at New Saint Andrews College. His writing has appeared in Books & Culture, The Chattahoochee Review, and Esquire

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