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The Secret Queen (The Empyrical Tales) Paperback – June 1, 2012
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"Miller has created a vividly detailed world, filled with detailed creatures, all of which bring this story to life. I was captivated by this remarkable fantasy, and literally had to read it in one sitting, because there was no point at which I was comfortable putting down the book. Miller has a lot of whatever it is that makes a good fantasy writer. Whatever the secret is to writing great fantasy, The Secret Queen is the result. I definitely recommend this series to fans of fantasy, and to anybody who is just curious to find out what good fantasy is all about." Lee Ashford, Reader's Favorite
About the Author
First published in 2009 (The Fourth Queen), and again in 2010 (The Lost Queen), Mark Miller now brings his third installment of The Empyrical Tales to life. His background in movies and education helps make a magical and descriptive adventure for children of all ages. Boys and girls, young and old, are sure to find something special in this critically praised series. Miller currently lives in Central Florida with his wife and four children and is hard at work on the epic journey of Zandria and Olena.
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The story begins where we left off, with Olena learning how to rule her kingdom, how to get her magic to do as she wants. We get a sense, however, of her restlessness in her situation, which leads her to seek out an adventure of her own. We get to meet three new and fascinating characters who are trapped in a ring, and who teach Olena some important rules not only for ruling her kingdom wisely, but for living a happy life. The many challenges that the young queen endures add a level of tension to the novel, especially since the reader doesn't know yet if the three characters who are guiding her are completely trustworthy.
What is best about this series is that it adds a strong heroine to children's literature. Olena does not sit around waiting for others to rescue her. She actively pursues her own destiny. This is not something we see that often these days in literature.
As will all the books in the series, the lushness of the descriptions, be it of landscapes or characters, paints a wonderful picture for the reader, letting us discover new aspects of Miller's world along with Olena.
The plot is, in my opinion, the best of the three books. The action starts quickly and keeps up throughout the entire book, so we never feel bored. The strange characters, including a turbaned creature who doesn't speak, add mystery and might even send a chill down the reader's back.
This is a wonderful addition to the Empyrean tales, and I can highly recommend it to those of you looking for a little magic in your reading lives.