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From School Library Journal

Gr 4–6—Apprentice enchanter Marcus Frye is not destined for the quiet life. He's a simple village boy at heart, but his brother has just become king (following the suspicious death of their royal grandfather), and he's seeing alarming visions. In this fantasy trilogy in the tradition of Lloyd Alexander's "The Chronicles of Prydain" series (Holt), Marcus is once again on a quest. His actual objective seems to change with regular frequency, but whether trying to save his brother; bickering with his friend and sometime crush, Lael; or coming to grips with his complex powers, Marcus is an engaging hero, flawed and friendly; however, clunky plot twists and overly explanatory passages may make the book challenging for some readers to sustain interest in the larger outcome. It suffers from second-in-a-trilogy syndrome; it feels more like a bridge than a fully realized journey. Still, fantasy enthusiasts will appreciate the simple writing, the sweet nobility of the characters, and the goofy adventure.—Katya Schapiro, Brooklyn Public Library

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"Fantasy enthusiasts will appreciate the simple writing, the sweet nobility of the characters, and the goofy adventure."—School Library Journal


Praise for The Rock of Ivanore:

"This is an old-school quest fantasy, but Marcus is a hero who engages challenges in a way that is both human and admirable, and readers will love the bizarre and sometimes deadly creatures that must be overcome." — Publishers Weekly
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 730L (What's this?)
  • Series: The Celestine Chronicles
  • Hardcover: 404 pages
  • Publisher: Tanglewood Press (October 15, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933718935
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933718934
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.6 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,113,438 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

"Reyes' debut novel is a gripping fantasy just right for younger readers who clamor for adventure but are not quite ready for Lloyd Alexander's 'Grey King' or J.R.R.Tolkien's 'Lord of the Rings.'" ~Deseret News

"Reyes deftly develops her plot and characters and firmly holds readers' attention throughout this exciting and surprising tale." ~School Library Journal

"Young readers...will delight in this opening title in The Celestine Chronicles series, which delivers a fantasy adventure for a reluctant readership." ~Booklist

"Marcus is a hero who engages challenges in a way that is both human and admirable." ~Publisher's Weekly

Flamingnet Top Choice Award (scored 9 out of 10)


SOME CRAZY AWESOME THINGS ABOUT LAURISA:

* Mom of 5 kids
* Addicted to Chocolate & Sushi (not at the same time)
* Favorite Movie - Gone With The Wind
* Favorite Book - Wuthering Heights
* Favorite Ice Cream Flavor - Double Chocolate Malted Crunch
* Pets - Some goldfish and birds
* Hates rollercoasters, celery and rap music

AN INTERVIEW WITH THE LAURISA WHITE REYES

1. What did you most like to do when you were a child?

The same things I enjoy doing now - reading and writing. I wrote my first poem when I was five. It just came to me in the middle of the night. I got out of bed, fished a scrap of poster board from my trash can, and scribbled it out with a crayon. Growing up I wrote poetry, short stories and plays. I used to coax my brothers and cousins into performing them for our parents. And I have always been a voracious reader.


2. When you were a child did you ever have a moment when you decided that you were going to be a writer when you grew up?

I think I was about fourteen when I knew I wanted to be an author someday. I set a goal to publish my first novel by the time I was thirty. I overshot that goal by thirteen years, but I finally did it.


3. What books influenced you most when you were growing up?

My favorite series for years was the TRIXIE BELDEN MYSTERIES. I still have the entire set of books in a box in my garage. Some of my other favorites included ROBINSON CRUSOE, OF MICE AND MEN, GONE WITH THE WIND, WUTHERING HEIGHTS and ROOTS. Heavy duty stuff for a kid, I know, but I loved them. Still do.

4. When you went to college, were you already pursuing a writing career?

At first I actually wanted to be a geneticist. I lasted five minutes in my first genetics course and promptly changed my major to English. I never lost sight of the fact that I wanted to write. After college, I spent the next thirteen years writing for magazines and newspapers, but the deadlines finally burned me out. Six years ago I quit all that to focus on writing fiction, which was what I really wanted to do all along anyway.

5. What gave you the idea for THE ROCK OF IVANORE?

I've always enjoyed reading to my kids at night before they go to bed. When my oldest son was about 8 years old, he asked me to make up a story instead of read one. So I told him about an enchanter's apprentice who botched his spells. Each night my son would tell me what he wanted to hear that night, whether it was dragons, or magic, or sword fighting, and I'd weave it into the story. Eventually I started writing it down. A year later I had a completed manuscript.

6. How did your life change when you got married and had children? Did it make it easier or harder to find time to write?

My husband and I have been married almost twenty years now. We have five children ranging in age from 18 down to 4 years. When my oldest child was small, I'd sit her on my lap, hold her steady between my elbows, and type on the computer at the same time. Later, as more kids came, night time was my time. Most of my writing was done between 10p and 2am. When my babies woke in the middle of the night, I get up to care for them, and then stay up an extra hour to write. But I was younger then. Now that I'm older, I'm tired. I can't stay up past eleven or I fall asleep at the computer. So now I work in the morning before my youngest child wakes up. Once he's up, my writing day is over. The rest of the day belongs to him. And I wouldn't have it any other way.


7. What other hobbies do you enjoy?

I do have a few other hobbies, though I do them sporadically. I enjoy digital scrapbooking (I don't have the talent or patience for traditional scrapbooking). I do a lot of family history and have traced my genealogy back to seventeenth century New England. I also have a passion for ancient history, something I inherited from my father who knows pretty much everything about it. I also inherited my love of writing from him. He has written several amazing novels himself, and now that he is retired is finally making time to pursue publication.

8. When is your next book going to be in book stores?

My first novel, THE ROCK OF IVANORE, will be (was) released on May 15, 2012. The sequel, THE LAST ENCHANTER, will come out sometime in 2013. There may also be a young adult paranormal in the works, but that is still up in the air.

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The action was exciting and the characters are very believable.
This Kid Reviews Books
Although the main plot centers around Marcus, I enjoyed the sub-plots and the way they weaved together at the end.
Dr. S. Drecker
I recommend you read this book as well as the 1st book in the series (which I intend to do).
Paul

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

By This Kid Reviews Books on November 4, 2013
Format: Hardcover
In THE LAST ENCHANTER, months have passed since they succeeded in their quest. One of the boys, Kelvin, is living as royalty in Dokur, and Marcus is studying magic with Zyll. When Lord Fredric is murdered and Kelvin becomes king, the Enchanter 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's death. With the help of his old friends Clovis and Bryn, joined by new friend Lael, a feisty girl in search of her mother, Marcus uncovers a powerful secret that will change the course of his life forever."

Opinion - This book is an AWESOME sequel to book 1 in the series, the Rock of Ivanore! I enjoyed The Rock of Ivanore because it is a great Middle Grade Fantasy book with a good plot and great characters. It is great to find a fantasy book for younger kids. For as much as I liked The Rock Of Ivanore, I enjoyed The Last Enchanter even more. First the cover of the book is really cool. I even like the expressions on the kid's (Marcus and Lael's) faces. I know you aren't supposed to judge a book by its cover but it's really what makes you pick it up in the store. 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 275 pages this kid-friendly fantasy novel is great for younger kids - or even older ones who want a great story with fabulous characters.
*NOTE I got a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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By Dorine White on October 20, 2013
Format: Hardcover
The Story-
Marcus is at home again after healing his brother Kelvin and figuring out about the Rock of Ivanore. Kelvin has stayed behind in Dukur to train as a royal, while Marcus is once again studying magic with Zyll. All is not well. Marcus suffers severe pain every time he tries to use magic, a result of bringing Kelvin back from near death, and Marcus swears to never use magic again.

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. 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.
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Format: Hardcover
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. 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 very complex for the intended age group and doesn't run the danger of talking down to them. If nothing else, I found some parts/themes maybe a little too mature for this age group, although the writing itself fits very well. There's lots of action; I especially enjoyed the sword fighting scenes - terrific!

Although the main plot centers around Marcus, I enjoyed the sub-plots and the way they weaved together at the end. At times, I would have liked to have seen the story move along a little faster, but there were enough unanswered question and surprising twists to keep me turning page after page. The short chapter length was definitely a plus, giving the reader a chance to take a break and not loose their place.

The ending? Of course, I won't spoil it, but it has all the tension and adventure and discoveries that a fantasy like this needs.
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By Paul on October 26, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I really, really liked this book. I must state that I have not read the first book in the series, The Rock of Ivanore, and that didn't matter at all. I had no trouble following this book. I also really appreciated the fact that this book did not end in a cliffhanger. There will be a third book in the series, yet this book felt complete. I am not a fan of cliffhangers, and I really appreciated the fact that this book ended this particular tale. I think young readers will love this book. The author does a great job of sprinkling in great characters (Rylan, Brommel, to name a few). I loved Lael. She is a real firecracker. All in all; a hit! I recommend you read this book as well as the 1st book in the series (which I intend to do).

I received a free book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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