Posted by panaura on January 10th, 2010
This week I read two young adult sequels: Song of the Wanderer by Bruce Coville (book two in The Unicorn Chronicles) and Timothy and the Dragon’s Gate by Adrienne Kress (sequel to Alex and the Ironic Gentleman).
While both books contain fantastical adventures and dangerous journeys, they appeal to different audiences. Song of the Wanderer would primarily appeal to girls, while Timothy and the Dragon’s Gate is a great adventure for both genders, specifically boys.
In Song of the Wanderer, Cara travels through the land of Luster, home of the unicorns, in order to find the portal that will take her home. Following the Queen’s orders, she must return to Earth, retrieve her grandmother (known as the Wanderer) and bring her back to Luster. But there are unfriendly forces at work that add a strain to Cara’s adventures. This story is magical and heart-warming. Fantasy lovers will definitely enjoy this book.
In Timothy and the Dragon’s Gate, Timothy meets a mysterious man name Mr. Shen, who is actually a dragon trapped in a human’s body. Mr. Shen needs Timothy’s help to break the curse so that he can live in his true form. Timothy and Mr. Shen travel to China, pursued by ninjas and relentless black taxicabs. This book is okay, but chances are you won’t be craving the next installment.