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The Thief Queen's Daughter 3. The Dragon's Lair 4. The Tree of Water There's suppose to be a 5th and final …more So far there is 4: 1. The Tree of Water There's suppose to be a 5th and final book: believed to be titled the Star of the Sea but no word of it's release has come out yet. See 2 questions about The Tree of Water…. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia.
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Sort order. Oct 28, Alyssa Nelson rated it really liked it Shelves: fantasy , middle-grade , adventure. Finally, we get the story that Haydon has been leading up to since the first book! Ven goes underwater with his merrow friend, and Char comes along. At the very least, this book concludes rather satisfactorily while leaving a bit open, so I guess we have to use our imaginations for now to fill in Finally, we get the story that Haydon has been leading up to since the first book!
At the very least, this book concludes rather satisfactorily while leaving a bit open, so I guess we have to use our imaginations for now to fill in the rest. Char annoyed me more than usual in this book because he was so grumpy about joining in the adventure, but insisted on not being left behind. But, other than that, I really enjoyed the characters, both returning and new. I especially liked how things work in the ocean. I really liked this idea and it helped transform the ocean to almost be otherworld with how differently everything worked, like sleeping, moving about, talking, etc.
Also posted on Purple People Readers. Oct 26, Nathan added it Shelves: author-female , high-fantasy , read , middle-grade. But this is definitely not a book that is meant for me. Perhaps if my little boy was a bit older we could have run reading it together I certainly hope he wants his old man to read to him for a long time coming. Because the book reads as a high action version of Dora the Explorer; one mini-adventure after another with occasional learning moments dropped in I learned the green sea slug eats algae then conducts photosynthesis within its own body.
This is entirely intentional as the press Cute. It appears to be a book designed to be read middle graders or to be shared between a slightly younger crowd and their parents. Neither group are one I currently belong to though I am holding out hope that I will start reverse aging at some point and maybe get back to my school days.
It was fast. It was fun at times but lacked any real depth. Despite being the forth book in the series there was no issue jumping right in. His best friend Char was actually pretty annoying. His merrow mermaid friend was much better. I am going to keep this book and hopefully someday read it with my little boy. At that point I will probably be able to talk about it better. And if you have a young reader around it may be worth your time to check it out.
Copy for review provided by publisher. Sep 09, Geekritique rated it liked it. Find this review and many more over at Geekritique. My inner grammar nazi initially kept picking out typos here and there that nagged at me, but as I got into the ebb and flow of it all, I rarely eve Find this review and many more over at Geekritique.
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My inner grammar nazi initially kept picking out typos here and there that nagged at me, but as I got into the ebb and flow of it all, I rarely even noticed. No such thing happened. The idea behind the series as a whole is that the journals of an ancient explorer of all things magical, Ven Polypheme, previously lost are found and they contain untold truths from a past long forgotten.
Rather he is more in search of adventure than anything else, but his path becomes more and more clear as the story continues. In this adventure he wants to explore the sea after an invite from his merrow mermaid friend Amariel. Although there is nothing inherently wrong with adventure for the sake of adventure, having an end goal in mind from the get-go is certainly more appealing to the audience.
It was fine at first, and exciting, but when your characters are jumping out of the frying pan and into the fire and then back into the frying pan only to jump into a larger fire 20 chapters in a row, the gravitas lessens as the threats seemingly loom heavier. There is no outsmarting they can do, or strengths they can call upon. Despite the structure of the plot, the underwater world that Haydon writes is very much a magical experience.
Instead of talking, under the water everything thrums — sort of like humming a thought. This is both a wonderful tool, and a problematic one, as if you think or thrum too loud or too dire a thought it may come back to haunt you, you may disrupt sea life, and it could get dangerous. But in conversations of importance he rarely finds useful information to contribute. Rather he has the annoying quality of only ever asking questions.
And whenever he asks anything, he perpetually seems in a state of being stunned or perhaps just some mild stammering. I have to say I really enjoyed the way the book resolved itself. But it was solid, and it made me want to read on further. I expect, from the way the beginning and ending played out so enjoyably on land instead of sea, The Tree of Water may be the weakest of the series, but I have nothing to compare it to.
Oct 25, Christoph Fischer rated it it was amazing. His world is full of magical creatures, inventive and original variations of classic fairy tale and fantasy creatures, but in a unique and lovely blend. I came into the series late but had no problem connecting with the established set up of hobbits Nain fairies, kings and mermaids merrows. The book is written in two alternating narratives: One in the first person that provided small snippets from Nain himself, and then one in the third person from the all-seeing narrator.
The exciting adventures are sweetened by stunning sights and creatures that will appeal to those readers who like to explore new worlds and their wonders. Suspense and some humour are also included in good measures and make this an easy and hugely enjoyable read. I also found the illustrations, the cover and the lay-out of the chapters much appealing.
Mar 15, Timothy Pitkin rated it liked it Shelves: dragon , fantasy , mystery , romance. Personally this is my least favorite of the series mostly because Amariel is my least favorite character and he is in most of the book. Also I really do not like the kind of cliche idea of the underwater denizens either hating or feeling superior to the people on the surface.
But the last third of the book is really cool because for one Amariel is not in most of it and their are some really cool world building and the ending is making me excited for the next book. Feb 08, Karenb rated it it was amazing Shelves: fantasy , books-i-own. It's okay to read these books out of order. I did! I've started with 4 and want to find the others.
Nov 04, Grace Troxel rated it really liked it. Ven Polypheme is a Nain, a humanoid creature that reminds me a bit of a Hobbit. Most Nain are hardworking and not particularly adventurous, but Ven is different. He and his friend Char are also charged with a mission from an enigmatic sorceress to find the legendary Tree of Water and to solve the mystery of a runed dragon scale. Of course, the sea is a dangerous place, and it takes everything the adventurers have just to stay alive. This has practical implications for the story, ie. There are scenes where undersea creatures get eaten by bigger creatures.
Char is a loveable coward. Ven is too brave for his own good, and it frequently gets him into trouble. Amariel is a sensible balance between the two, as her curious nature is tempered by her survival instinct. All of them are set on doing the right thing, although as they travel they realize that sometimes what is good for one person might not be good for someone else.
And of course, the heroes win in the end.
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Oct 26, Robin rated it it was amazing. In the fourth book of The Lost Journals of Ven Polypheme, the young Nain explorer continues his journeys to find out all the magic in the world and report it to a good young king. He has already explored the thieves' quarter of the city of Kingston, stopped a war between the dwarflike Nain and the elflike Lirin, and survived an encounter with Scarnag the dragon who represents earth-magic. He just missed the opportunity to visit one of the five world trees because his merrow mermaid friend Amar In the fourth book of The Lost Journals of Ven Polypheme, the young Nain explorer continues his journeys to find out all the magic in the world and report it to a good young king.
He just missed the opportunity to visit one of the five world trees because his merrow mermaid friend Amariel needed to get back to the sea before she lost her fins forever.
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Now his chance has finally come to visit Amariel's world under the sea. Ven has been told that a traveler sometimes doesn't know the reason for his journey until he reaches the end. There are certainly any number of possible reasons for this one.
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First, he still needs to steer clear of the Thief Queen, who has a grudge against him. Also, he has promised Amariel that he will travel with her below the waves.
And then there's the reason a mysterious seer gives him, another dragon scale to be returned to its rightful owner at the bottom of the ocean. But above all, his curiosity and his job as the king's reporter pull him onward in search of the Tree of Water fabled to live somewhere out at sea. Ven and his human friend Char are lucky enough to find a way to breathe underwater without having to let a scary old fisherman carve gills in their necks.
The magical stones they carry provide not only air but also light in the dim depths. But solving the oxygen problem is only the first obstacle they must pass. After that comes the teeming ocean full of things that eat other things without regret or apology. Sharks, jellyfish, and giant devouring creatures of the sunlit realm are only the first and least of the dangers they face.
After that come sea elves armed for war against the people on land, and a senselessly deadly waterspout, and a merciless sea dragon who breathes caustic acid instead of fire. Finally all Ven's reasons for visitng the sea combine with a spooky prophecy and a race to save Amariel's life to lure him and his friends into the deepest, darkest, deadliest place of all.
The way Ven and his companions travel to the deepest of deeps is truly ingenious. It is also full of gloomy dread and suspense. Along the way, they witness many marvelous and awful things, wonders of the underwater world that mankind has only begun to explore. The magic is impressive, but equally impressive is the window this book opens on a vast part of the natural world.
And just when it seemed Ven's journals might be at an end, the storyline takes off in a new direction with even bigger possibilities than before. This book arrives on October 28, , carrying the promise of still more sequels. I am thankful to the staff at Starscape Books for giving me an early peek at it.
I am glad to be able to say, in all sincerity, that I thought this book was even more entertaining than the three before it. The series takes place in the same fantasy world as the author's other major series of novels, Symphony of Ages, of which an eighth book is expected in Nov 16, Sandra Stiles rated it it was amazing Shelves: middle-grades , fantasy.
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The preface hooked me. I interrupted my husband to reread the lines to him. I knew then I would enjoy this book because of the word play. Ven tells us he is from the race of people known as Nain. They live with humans in Vaarn. Here is how he describes them. They live almost four times as long as humans, and tend to be much less curious, and much less adventurous. Especially those who are not Nain. I clearly am not a good example of my race. He described himself as tall for a Nain. He used sixty-eight Knuckles high as the measurement.
I knew I had found an author with such a creative and imaginative mind that it left no doubt I would love this book. The adventure begins with Ven and his best friend trying to find a fisherman to cut gill slits in their neck. Before the slits can be cut, Madam Sharra shows up and gives him another dragon scale. He must evade the Thief Queen, who is the ruler of the Gated City. Ven must travel with his friend Char and merrow friend Aariel to the bottom of the sea to find the Tree of Water.
Finally, he mustreturn the dragon scale to its proper owner, the dragon it came from. He must also avoid getting them all killed by the predators of the sea. It is aligned to the Common Core Standards. There are discussion Questions as well as Writing and Research Activities. This is the fourth book in this series. It read as a stand alone book. I will be purchasing them for my shelves and reading them. Great fantasy lover. This is one I am not going to be able to keep on my shelves and one I may need to purchase as a giveaway prize for my students.
I received a copy to help facilitate my review. The opinions expressed here are my own. Nov 07, Jalynn Patterson rated it it was amazing. The Lost Journals of Ven Polypheme, set in the same enchanted world, is her first series for young readers. She lives on the East Coast with her husband and children. My Review: Ven once again finds himself on an adventure, this time under the sea.
With his friends Amariel, a merrow and char, and a human they adventure deep into the sea, exploring the depths of a coral reef. Going under the sea proves to be harder than he once thought. Especially since the Thief Queen is searching for Ven. Then when Madame Sharra visits before they go back into the ocean, he realizes that there maybe more added to his already full plate.
Madame Sharra leaves him with a dragon scale, possibly belonging to a sea dragon. While on this wild adventure under the sea, they now have to accomplish two thingsone, finding the sea dragon and two, finding the amazon Tree of Water in the hopes that they will save thousands of lives. The Tree of Water, is a fantasy book filled with crushing defeat yet intense optimism. The way Ven and his companions travel to the deepest of deeps is truly ingenious. It is also full of gloomy dread and suspense. Along the way, they witness many marvelous and awful things, wonders of the underwater world that mankind has only begun to explore.
The magic is impressive, but equally impressive is the window this book opens on a vast part of the natural world. This book arrives on October 28, , carrying the promise of still more sequels. I am thankful to the staff at Starscape Books for giving me an early peek at it. I am glad to be able to say, in all sincerity, that I thought this book was even more entertaining than the three before it. Buy the book! Search for: Search. Post date. Related Posts.