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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
"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
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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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Sam Baron is imprisoned by the Volgrim Witches and their leader Catriona. Sam is half (Norse) god, half witch but his powers are just starting to be revealed to him and he is concerned that he can not control the powers and he may destroy what is important to him. The Volgrim Witches control him and they are using him in their attempt to destroy Orkney. Sam will need the help of his friends, Keely, Howie, and Leo to save Orkney from the witches - and himself.
All-father Odin has given each of them an assignment and if they can each complete their mission, Orkney just may have a chance.
I had not read the first book in this series, but when I saw that this had strong ties to Norse mythology I was very excited. Interest in the Norse myths has grown significantly in the past few years thanks to a number of popular authors and books. I've long been a fan of the Nordic stories, in large part because of my own heritage, so I'm always pleased to see new books working with these classic stories.
The book is targeted toward a teen reading audience ... the same audience of Percy Jackson,or the current Harry Potter readers ... which is great. But early on I was distracted by the maturity or immaturity - of the characters.
<blockquote>"What are you doing back here?" he said, planting his hands on his hips as he glared at Mavery.
"None of your beeswax, Theo."
"Who's your friend?" He switched his glare to Keely.
"I came to help my friend, Sam," she explained.
"Well I hope he dies," the boy snapped. "He ruined everything."</blockquote>
I understand that this is a story about teens/preteens for teens/preteens and the author wants the reader to be able to identify with the characters, but this felt as though the author was writing down to the reader, rather than elevating the reader. One character tells another, "The king don't like it when you're late."
This infantile behavior comes to ahead a bit later on when Howie comes in contact with an annoying creature, so the behavior here is intentional - though no less annoying because of it:
But two could play at that game, and if there was one thing Howie was good at, it was being annoying.
<blockquote>"You're a jerk," he said.
"You're a jerk," it mimicked, sitting up.
"No, you are."
"No, you are."
"I said it first."
"I said it second, and two is bigger than one." It held up two spindly fingers.</blockquote>
Howie doesn't come across particularly well so it shouldn't have been a surprise when he later says, "Evil quests, you say? So the blade is, like, enchanted?" But I was.
Although I know it's not a 'fair' statement, I had the impression that this was a self-published book. What that typically means is that it needed a stronger editing hand. There's enough here that makes this an intriguing story, but it doesn't come through as well as it could.
Looking for a good book? <em>Kalifus Rising</em> by Alana Adams is the second book in the Legends of Orkney series and shows some promise but treats the characters as a bit too immature.
I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher, through Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.
Sam's friends each get a mission to help him. Keely and Howie are being transported back to Orkney for this purpose. Together with Sam's former protector Leo they will be sent on a journey that will help them prepare for the battle against Catriona. Will they be back in time to prevent the awful witch from setting her malicious plans in motion or will they be too late to save Orkney and rescue their friend?
Kalifus Rising is another amazing Legends of Orkney story. It was fun to read about Sam and his friends Keely, Howie, Leo and Mavery again. Keely and Howie have to become a lot braver in this book and I liked that very much. The characters are all evolving, which is one of the necessities of a great series for me, and I enjoyed seeing that. The power of friendship is still strong and seeing what it could withstand was fantastic. The bonds are being put to the test repeatedly this time, which was quite interesting to witness.
There are even more fabulous monsters, evil characters and creepy creatures in Kalifus Rising. I love how Alane Adams describes each of her characters in a thoroughly detailed way, that makes her stories come to life incredibly well. I love her ingenuity and the way she puts a new spin on old myths is terrific.
Kalifus Rising has a strong basis. Orkney is an intriguing place and I loved reading about feuds, quests and treaties. There are many fascinating details. Alana Adams creates a world where there's so much in between of being totally good or being completely bad and I loved these shades of grey. The combat scenes are exciting and I liked the spectacular way movements and weapons are being described and used. There are plenty of unexpected moments and the ending of the story is both satisfying and promising. I can't wait to read the next Legends of Orkney story.
An interesting take to see how deep their friendships run and yet how much darkness can pull from inside you. I think you can easily take away deeper meanings within this middle-grade read.
Again, loyalty and friendship play a large role in this story. Keely, oh Keely! She surprised me the most. I won’t say anything more though because I feel like that was such a defining moment and think it should be read in order for you to appreciate and enjoy the full effect of it. Keely and Howie’s character evolvement in this book was so good. I loved getting to watch these characters grow. The adventures in Orkney revealed things about that them even then didn’t know they had inside. It was powerful! This world is so easy to fall into. Action packed and full of great characters, themes, and adventures!
There’s only one small part during the battle with the witches that I didn’t like and without giving it away I’ll just say that it deals with a character who plays a small role and snow. I found it to be weird and childish, but since it's a middle-grade read, I'm sure a younger audience would have gotten a kick out of it. I can't wait for the third book!
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