The Skybound Sea

From  Rosemarie Jerome
Author:  Sam  Sykes
The Skybound Sea
This is the third book in the Aeon’s Gate series that includes Tome of the Undergates(bk 1)and Black Halo(bk 2). Lenk and his band of adventurers are still on the quest to find the elusive tome that could destroy the world. Their journey, thus far, has left them battered, disillusioned and distrustful of each other, outsiders and themselves. When they must face their most difficult battle with the Kraken Queen and her minions, secrets are revealed that are best kept hidden. The over the top battle scenes, nonstop action, and witty banter make this an entertaining treat.

 

Fantasia / Fantasia 2000

From Erik Schmid
Fantasia / Fantasia 2000 [videorecording]
Fantasia and its sibling movie Fantasia 2000 belong in that category of films which you either love or hate. For those of us who enjoy the music-only soundtrack concept, Fantasia reigns as an example of what animation can be as a creative art form. Others see it as devastatingly boring. It can be helpful to know that Fantasia was Disney’s attempt at merging the art forms of animation and music, where the music can stand alone, with his animators creating storylines or abstract visuals that complement the music. Both of the films were made with this concept in mind; however even though Disney made this film, the entire concept lends itself better to an adult audience. The 2000 version tried to make the concept more viewer friendly by using a greater amount of humorous guest announcers between the shorts; unfortunately the shorts themselves were less memorable than in the classic first film. This edition combines the 2 titles into one welcome package with pristi  ne transfers and expertly produced surround sound. For those who love these movies, this release is a treat.

The Bartimaeus trilogy. Book one : the Amulet of Samarkand

From Erik Schmid 
author: Stroud, Jonathan
The Bartimaeus trilogy. Book one : the Amulet of Samarkand 
Bartimaeus is a Djinni, one of many demons in the world of this trilogy. He is not evil; he just is what he is. Djinni and their ilk are treated like slaves by the human Magicians in this story, set in a fictional London where Magicians have overthrown the non-magical governments and are the lords above all other people. Bartimaeus’s new master is just a boy with a chip on his shoulder who is out to prove to his aging master that he is special. Along the way in this action packed and well written tale we meet other Djinni.  Bartimaeus knows and uncover a secret resistance while dealing with a mysterious challenger to the prime minister. This is truly a great fantasy series, using Harry Potter as a muse while not stealing from the former series. It also doesn’t repeat the mistakes of the Potter series; not being overlong; not dwelling on minute details as much. This volume is followed by The Golem’s Eye and Ptolemy’s Gate.

Midwinter

From Rosemarie Jerome
author: Sturges, Matthew
Midwinter
Mauritaine was a war hero and a captain in the Seelie Army until he was accused of treason and sentenced to life in prison.  The Queen offered  him a chance for freedom but he must embark on a secret, suicidal mission.  He, and five other prisoners, become fugitives who can trust no  one when the enemy is everywhere. This action packed adventure is filled with battles both internal and external, magic, intrigue, a touch of  romance and engaging characters.  The second title in the series is The Office of Shadow.

The Tombs of Atuan

From John, Teen Book Reviewer
author: Le Guin, Ursula K.
 The Tombs of Atuan
At a young age, Tenar is taken away from her mother, her possessions and her home. She is raised by the high priestesses of the Godking to become the priestess of the Tombs of Atuan. While in her domain, a wizard tries to steal the tomb’s greatest treasure, the ring of Erreth-Akbe. The wizard teaches Tenar about a world she never entered and gives her the choice to escape her current life or be locked in her domain forever. The Earthsea Cycle: The Tombs of Atuan by Ursula K. Le Guin is a masterpiece that will pull you in and won’t let go until you have read the entire series. Don’t delay, check out your copy today at the Half Hollow Hills library!

The Farthest Shore

From Robert, Teen Book Reviewer
author: Le Guin, Ursula K.
The Farthest Shore
In the fantasy book, The Earthsea Cycle, The Farthest Shore, by Ursula K. Le Guin, an Archmage and his companion must stop a mysterious magic from causing all of wizardry to disappear. In the book, certain chapters were difficult to understand until the next was read. Although the book is meant to be read in a series, it was enjoyable to read on its own. The book also required a knowledge of fantasy to be fully understood. I recommend this book to those who have read a fantasy book before, as this would be a challenging read otherwise.

Blood Oath

From Rosemarie Jerome
author: Farnsworth, Christopher
Blood Oath
This thriller adds new meaning to “secret service.”  Nathaniel Cade is an agent sworn to protect the president of the United States.  He is the ultimate killing machine.  He is dark, brooding and dangerous.  He is the president’s vampire.  His mission is to protect humanity from evil forces.  Zach Barrows, an ambitious, young White House staffer becomes Cade’s reluctant handler in his crusade.  Non-stop action, a charismatic vampire, a sarcasticpartner,  conspiracies and an arch enemy, what more could you want?  A sequel, soon!