Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Relics of Mysticus Books 1-3 by H.B. Bolton Book Reviews and Giveaway


    The Dragon's EggThe Dragon’s Egg (Relics of Mysticus- Book Three) by H.B. Bolton

    Sure, the glass castle floating over Evan’s head makes him uneasy, but that’s the least of his worries. With each step inside the Dungeon of Dreadful Dreams, he must battle against his worst nightmares. One after the other, wispy smoke-filled bull sharks come at him — he must remember they’re only illusions pulled from his imagination by those dreaded shadowlike hands. If only the vengeful dragon circling above was also an illusion and didn’t have his mind set on destroying the one person who can control him: Emrys.

    Inside the castle’s glass tower, Emrys sleeps in an eternal slumber, and Evan’s uncertain whether he can save the great wizard. Especially now that Emrys’ former student, the Lady of the Lake, has joined forces with the cunning immortal Alamaz. Together they have already stolen the Dragon’s Egg, but their greed doesn’t end there. The Siren’s Pearl calls to them, and that means only one thing … Atlantis is in trouble.

    Join Evan, Claire, and Dunkle — along with a few other unlikely heroes — as they travel across the realm of Medieval Legends, float through the Ancient Isle of Avalon, plunge inside the Dungeon of Dreadful Dreams, and be there when Atlantis rises once again.

    The Serpents Ring
    The Serpent's Ring (Relics of Mysticus- Book One)

    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.

    tricksters-totem-cover-low-res-200x300The Trickster's Totem (Relics of Mysticus - Book Two)
    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 Opinion:

    The Serpent's Ring (Relics of Mysticus- Book One)

    The Serpent's Ring starts off a little slow but since it's only book one in the Relics of Mysticus it is mostly and introduction of the characters and how the ended up with powers and in Sagaas. Evan and Claire and even Dunkle the imp are very likeable characters. They get plenty of help to get the Serpent's Ring back and save Earth from flooding. I give this book 4 stars.

    The Trickster's Totem (Relics of Mysticus - Book Two)
    In The Trickster's Totem Evan and Claire are back home until Dunkle comes looking for them at school because another relic has been stolen. Evan and Claire go back to Sagaas but this time they have to go to the Native American Spirit World. Here we learn about animal totems and Evan and Claire find out what their animal totems are. I'm jealous of Evan's animal totem because that's what I would want mine to be. In the back of the book there is a list of animal totems and their meanings. I think that's pretty cool. There are also new characters, I like them all but my favorite is Chayton. This book was so good I give it 5 stars.

    The Dragon’s Egg (Relics of Mysticus- Book Three)

    The Dragon's Egg starts off with action and the adventure continues right away. Even and Claire haven't even had time to go back home! There are even more characters and they are all pretty good but I'm sad Chayton was not around for most of this book. Evan and Claire learn more about themselves and their past but Dunkle doesn't want to tell them very much. I love that there is a reference guide at the end of each book since there are so much new words to remember and that makes it easier to understand what is going on. The Dragon's Egg has been my favorite Relics of Mysticus book so far and can't wait to read the next one. I give this book 5 stars!

     About the 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.

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    1. I completely enjoyed reading your reviews. Thank you very much for taking the time to put together your thoughts and sharing them. And don't worry about Chayton. He'll be in the next book :)

    2. I'm so glad you enjoyed all three books! Thank you so much for hosting a tour stop and sharing your thoughts!