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Kalifus Rising: Legends of Orkney Series (The Legends of Orkney Series) Paperback – September 6, 2016
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Gr 6–10—This sequel to The Red Sun opens with hero Sam stranded on Orkney while his friends Howie, Keely, and Leo have returned home to Midgard (21st-century Earth). Prophetic dreams prepare them to be sucked back into the alternate realm where Odin rules, and upon arrival, each of the three is given a special name and a task to complete to prevent Sam from being compelled by the evil witch Catriona to accept the dark side of his magic and use it to kill Odin. Enemies close in; Howie, The Protector, tries to use his new skills to ensure that the witches don't obliterate the city. Keely, The Seeker, must find the Moon Pearl before engaging the Varin frost giants—but, more important, she must find a way to free her own benign powers. As The Sacrifice, Leo must enter the underworld, where circumstances force him to free Loki as part of the setup for the next installment. Despite the author's preference for short, choppy sentences, the story rises above the technical drawbacks, and readers will be intrigued by the friends' quests. Familiarity with the previous novel is essential. VERDICT Purchase where The Red Sun is popular; this series will do well with the Percy Jackson crowd and fans of Norse mythology.—Elizabeth Friend, Wester Middle School, TX
2017 Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards: Gold Medal, Best Book Series – Chapter Book
"Sam's internal struggles and focus on the dark side of his witch heritage are reminiscent of Anakin Skywalker and will likely appeal to fanboys and fangirls, particularly as he 'must face the darkness inside.' Combined with strong female leads, both heroic and villainous, the ever growing and changing cast of characters has something for everyone. Fantasy, mythology, a touch of romance, and enough sword fights and battles to appease even the most action-hungry make Kalifus Rising a well-rounded, solid choice for those craving a new type of adventure.”
―Foreword Reviews FIVE STAR review
"Adams is a master of exposition, never letting it slow the narrative by immersing it in rapid-fire dialogue . . . Indelible characters, both good and evil, and a rescue storyline that refuses to dawdle."
“This series will do well with the Percy Jackson crowd and fans of Norse mythology.”
―School Library Journal
Featured on Girls' Life Fall Reading List
Praise and Awards for the Legends of Orkney series:
For The Red Sun:
2016 International Book Awards: Fiction: Young Adult Finalist
2015 USA Best Book Awards: Best Cover Design: Fiction, Winner
2015 USA Best Book Awards: Children's Fiction, Winner
Beverly Hills Book Award: Best Juvenile Fiction, Winner
IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards: Best New Voice Children’s/Young Adult, Silver Medal
Readers Favorite Awards Children Preteen: Silver Medal Winner
"This fast-moving adventure―the beginning of a trilogy―is sure to appease mythology fans who are outgrowing Percy Jackson’s antics and looking for darker, weightier storytelling. VERDICT: A great choice for middle school collections."
―School Library Journal
"Percy Jackson meets Norse mythology in this captivating and unique adventure."
―Foreword Reviews (4 stars out of 5)
"The Red Sun: Legends of Orkney by Alane Adams is a book that will take children on a roller coaster ride of adventure and fantasy where whimsical and menacing creatures and witches will enthrall readers."
―Readers’ Favorite (5 stars out of 5)
“This novel may appeal to young readers who have enjoyed other 'chosen one' fantasy stories: It moves along at a speedy clip, and preteens will likely identify with Sam’s anger and frustration with the world . . . it’s a high fantasy tale that maintains a quick pace…”
"The Red Sun is a roller coaster ride of adventure, Norse mythology, magic and mayhem. Between Sam facing awesome villains in the magical realm of Orkney to teachers turning into lizards, I had the best time doing the voiceover for the audiobook. Don’t miss out on this terrific story!"
―Karan Brar, actor on Disney’s Jessie and Bunk'd
“Alane Adams is the brilliant mind behind the Legends of Orkney series . . . Adams’ knowledge of the Norse myths lends itself to an intricate story full of legend and mysticism . . . For Percy Jackson fans.”
“8 Middle Grade Books to Fall For During School Season”
"Alane Adams weaves a rollicking tale of adventure, filled with magic and mayhem, in The Red Sun, first in the Legends of Orkney series. Adams combines elements of Norse mythology and Umatilla tradition to send her young protagonist, Sam, on a unique quest to find himself and to save the entire realm of Orkney in the process.”
“Cool read for kids”
―Middle Shelf Magazine
"A fast-paced adventure quest full of Norse mythology and spellbinding fun. Fans of Percy Jackson and Harry Potter will love The Red Sun."
―Kristen Hunt, author of Blonde Eskimo
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Kalifus Rising follows Keely, Howie and Leo as they try to save Sam and ultimately all of Orkney. Alane Adams definitely amps up the adventure, the thrills, the twists, the humor and really everything else. Her writing is beautiful, vivid, and incredibly imaginative. Once again, I found myself being carried away into this magical world. The plot is engaging and full of surprises that I never really knew what was going to happen. Just when I thought I figured something out, Adams would throw another curve ball and I absolutely loved it! The mythological aspect was utterly captivating and creative. The characters are just the best and I honestly have mad love for all of them. This book is full of so much awesome and excitement that you'll be reading way past your bedtime and dreaming about Orkney.
The character development in this installment is amazing. Adams writes with a tremendous heart and you can feel how much she cares about the characters that you can't help but care about them too. You'll cheer them on, feel for them and the whole nine yards. I truly enjoyed watching Sam, Keely, Howie, and Leo go on fun adventures, deal with impossible situations, figure out and solve problems, and grow into their roles. I don't want to reveal too much, but this quirky group of kid heroes... well they are absolutely charming and so fun and I seriously love them! I do have to mention that Keely is definitely my favorite throughout the story. She's determined and so badass and I adored her with all my heart. Oh and I also really liked the side characters like Mavery (gosh I miss that little imp so much), Rego, and Teren... the old and new and yes even the villains like Catriona and Endera. They're unique, interesting and delightful in their own ways.
Kalifus Rising is without a doubt one of the best sequels I've ever read. I love the characters, the mystery, the adventure, and everything else in between. I love the atmospheric writing style and impressive world building. I love the themes Adams weaves into this crazy FUNTASTIC tale (self-discovery, courage, loyalty, family, friendship, forgiveness and so much more). And most of all, I love that I have another wonderful series to add to my favorites. Definitely go check this out right now and add it to your TBR. You'll not only be walking away with a smile on your face and a happy heart, but also with a chest full of life lessons to guide and inspire you.
As I'm writing this review, I'm more than 70% done with the third and final book. I'm totally dreading the end, but I can't wait to see how Adams concludes this series.
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Huge thanks to Alane Adams for sending me all three copies (and they're signed too) of this marvelous series. I will treasure them and Orkney forever.
I am super excited for this book. I have been meaning to get to it for months but it just seems like the universe was working against me with this one. I posted a poll on instagram and while it was a close call between this book and another one, I am so happy that I get to pick this one up! This book probably has one of my favourite covers ever. I absolutely love it! I cannot wait to continue the story and see what happens to Sam and his band of friends!
Thank you so much to the author, Alane Adams, for sending me a copy of her book to review! Just a small disclaimer for those reading this review. I have received this book in exchange for an honest review. Please note that this does not affect my opinion in any way. All thoughts are my own.
The writing in the first book was quite good but the improvement in this book just made the words flow more effortlessly. There was a little more detail than in the previous book that just add a bit more to the vivd image I had of Orkney. The dialogue was more natural and flowed quite well into the story. I also loved the use of multiple stories being interwoven in the plot.
The multiple stories just made the plot more fast paced. I found myself flying through this book like crazy. The plot was fun and enticing. I was constantly wondering what would happen next. I also loved how this story didn't just focus on Sam. I loved seeing more of Keely, Leo and Howie. This plot took the action to the next level and I am pretty there was a tear in my eyes at one stage.
I loved how we got to see Keely, Leo and Howie a lot more. We got to see some character development from them. Keely's independent and level-headed nature was made stronger in this book. We also got to see her vulnerable side. We got to see Leo develop from a side character into a full blown primary character. I loved how he remained the same but he just seemed more mature. Howie was still as funny as ever. I think I loved his character the development the most. He used to view himself as something weak and unable to help anyone. But he rose from the status of being the underdog and found his feet.
Overall, I really enjoyed the continuation of Sam's story. This book took the world of Orkney to the next level. The writing's flow was incredible and the interwoven stories were done so well. The multiple story lines just pushed the book to progress even faster. We got to see more of Keely, Leo and Howie. We also got to see how they all developed from the first book. Thank you so much to the author for providing me with a copy of her book!
Yours in Reading,
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