Happy Thursday, everybody!
Today, I’m helping Candace’s Book Blog host a tour stop for THE TRICKSTER’S TOTEM by H.B. Bolton. This adventurous book is the second story in the Relics of Mysticus series, and the sequel to THE SERPENT’S RING. I’m excited to be hosting this stop because we have some awesome prizes for you! One person will win a $25 Amazon giftcard (internationally open), while two readers will win paperback sets of both books (US only). Also, ten readers will win eBook copies of both books (open internationally). Keep reading for more details. This is an opportunity you won’t want to miss!
Here’s a little bit more about the book:
Life has returned to normal for fourteen-year-old Evan and his older sister, Claire. That is until Dunkle, a clever but stinky little imp, pays an unexpected visit to their school. He has come to take the siblings back to Sagaas, the mythical realm of the gods. Once again, a Relic from the ancient Mysticus Orb has fallen into the wrong hands. Only Evan and Claire, with their unique mystical abilities, can help find it.
Through the power of the Trickster’s Totem, a coyote trickster has escaped. His laughter echoes throughout the realm, as he spreads mischief and mayhem. He burns an entire crop of popcorn, carves his grinning image into sacred artifacts, and things really get interesting when he shape-shifts into Evan’s friends.
Claire and Evan must capture the Trickster, retrieve the Totem, and be careful not to become sidetracked by robotic Steampunk animals, “sweet” pixie-like Pains, and a problematic mermaid … all while dodging Mothman-like aces. Most surprising, Evan discovers the true reason dragons exist in the Native American Spirit World.
My thoughts on THE TRICKSTER’S TOTEM:
This is a fun, fast-paced middle grade story. Although the book is a sequel to THE SERPENT’S RING, readers can easily jump into this new adventure without having to read the books in order (although, why wouldn’t you want to?). Evan and his sister, Claire, are feisty young teens whose relationship reminds me quite a bit of the one I have with my own brothers. They fight like siblings will, but when times get tough, they’re there for each other.
The story starts off with a bang when Dunkle, an imp who smells of stinky cheese, shows up at Evan and Claire’s high school and whisks them away on another adventure in Sagaas. Along the way, they meet several new friends and discover some things about themselves—and their powers. With a solid plot and some exciting fight scenes, THE TRICKSTER’S TOTEM will keep readers engaged until the very end.
I was also very impressed with the information that H.B. Bolton presented on Native American spirits, and what I learned made me want to know more. (Who knows, maybe one day I’ll write a story that includes Native American spirits too.) The research she did gives the story depth and an element of reality, and I hope that readers find themselves as fascinated with the spirit world as I was. Overall, this was a great summer read, and kids of all ages will enjoy following Evan and Claire on their adventures.
And, in case you haven’t read it yet, here’s a bit more about THE SERPENT’S RING:
Evan and Claire Jones are typical teenagers, forced to go with their parents to yet another boring museum … that is, until something extraordinary happens to make their day a little more than interesting. After following a strange little creature into a closed exhibit, Evan and his older sister, Claire, discover the Serpent’s Ring, one of the magical relics formed from the shattered Mysticus Orb. Purely by accident, they have awakened its powers and opened a portal to Sagaas, land of ancient gods.
Before the siblings can comprehend what has happened, the Serpent’s Ring is wrenched from Evan’s hand by an enormous fish and flown back to Aegir, the Norse god of the sea. Evan and Claire, accompanied by a band of unlikely heroes, must retrieve the Serpent’s Ring before Aegir uses its immense powers to flood all the lands on Earth.
Also, as an added bonus, THE SERPENT’S RING is free for Kindle from May 28 to June 1. Go grab your copy now!
Here’s some more information about this fantastic author:
A magical part of H.B. Bolton’s childhood was being swept into worlds of enchanting characters, fantastical creatures and extraordinary powers—simply by picking up a book. As a mother and a teacher, she was compelled to create imaginary worlds of her own in order to share them, not just with her children, but with all children. H.B. Bolton lives in Florida with her supportive husband and two highly spirited children. Shh, can you keep a secret? Not only does she write books for the young-at-heart, adventurous sort who yearn to dive into a good young-adult fantasy story, she also writes spellbinding, heart pounding women’s fiction. These particular books are written under the name Barbara Brooke, but that’s another story, altogether.
Books by H.B. Bolton:
The Serpent’s Ring (Relics of Mysticus, Book One)
Breaking Down (a short story)
Hungry (a short story)
The Trickster’s Totem (Relics of Mysticus, Book Two)
Don’t forget to like her Facebook page, follow her on Twitter, and visit her website. Be sure to visit her at all of the links below:
Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | Pinterest | Amazon Author’s Link
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