Rock of Ivanore: Book One of The Celestine Chronicles
Written by Laurisa White Reyes
Middle Grade, 368 pages, Ages 8 & up, $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-933718-60-6, Hardcover
Guided reading level: W; Grade level: 5-6; Reading Recovery level: NA
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The annual Great Quest is about to be announced in Quendal, a task that will determine the future of Marcus and the other boys from the village who are coming of age. The wizard Zyll commands them to find the Rock of Ivanore, but he doesn't tell them what the Rock is exactly or where it can be found. Marcus must reach deep within himself to develop new powers of magic and find the strength to survive the wild lands and fierce enemies he encounters as he searchs for the illusive Rock. If he succeeds, he will live a life of honor; if he fails, he will live a life of menial labor in shame. With more twists and turns than a labyrinth, and a story in which nothing is as it seems, this tale of deception and discovery keeps readers in suspense until the end.
Middle readers will find that The Rock of Ivanore fits nicely among the traditional fantasies they so enjoy. They will also appreciate its fresh and inventive take on the genre.
About the Author:
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"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
"I especially enjoyed the character and plot development of this book. It is the perfect "epic" story for MG readers: awesome storyline and set-up for following books, but not so long as to be intimidating to middle readers. If we could take the tone of Lord of the Rings and make it 10-year-old friendly, we'd have The Rock of Ivanore."—Project Mayhem blog
"The book not only had a great story, but the plot keeps you interested with some unexpected twists. It's just one of those books that keeps you guessing, and you never know the end until the end. I would recommend this to anyone that appreciates a certain amount of suspense in their reading material, and anyone who likes adventure stories. I personally enjoyed this book. A 'Top Choice'"— 12-year-old reviewer, Flamingnet.com