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- Publisher: Brilliance Audio; Unabridged edition (Aug. 25 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1501296388
- ISBN-13: 978-1501296383
- Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.3 x 17.1 cm
- Shipping Weight: 227 g
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
Beyond the Valley of Thorns
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About the Author
Patrick Carman usually spends his time in Walla Walla, Washington. But in the spring of 2005 he’s taking his wife and two daughters on the road, traveling across the country on a whirlwind tour in support of his dazzling first novel, The Dark Hills Divide.
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This book takes place a year after The Dark Hills Divide. A year ago beloved leader Thomas Warvold passed away, the plan to capture Bridewell have been foiled and the walls connecting the towns of Bridewell, Ainsworth, Lathbury and Turlock have come down. Now a year later it appears Warvold had plans for Alexa Daley, and others. Alexa is delivered a letter and told she has a mission to perform and she cannot tell anyone she is leaving. She must leave another letter prepared for her father and be on her way to yet another adventure.
Alexa joins forces again with Yipes the dwarf, Odessa the wolf, Squire the Hawk and Murphy the squirrel. They have been entrusted into the hands and guidance of John Christopher a former convict, who will guide them through the wild, and along the way they join forces with a Giant named Armon. They are charged with the task of sneaking into a well-guarded land, freeing a captive and overthrowing the Grindall.
However, whenever great tasks are attempted, a price must be paid, and in this adventure the price will be very high. You must join Alexa and the team that has been gathered around her as she travels across the land of Elyon to fulfill the request of her beloved Warvold. But many challenges and surprises are in store for our small band of adventurers.
Just a forewarning though - this book ends with a cliff-hanger, or should I say, we at the bottom of the cliff salivating for the next book!
Other of Patrick Carman Books:
The Dark Hills Divide - The Land of Elyon Book 1
Beyond the Valley of Thorns - The Land of Elyon Book 2
The Tenth City - The Land of Elyon Book 3
Into The Mist - The Land of Elyon Prequle
Stargazer - The Land of Elyon (September 2008)
The House of Power - Atherton Book 1
Rivers of Fire - Atherton, Book 2
Saving Mr Nibbles - Elliot's Park Book 1
Haunted Hike - Elliot's Park Book 1 (August 2008)
Again, she faces up to a long and perilous trek, living on dried meat, fruit and nuts, until she meets a stranger who is to guide her on her quest. Trouble is, he's got a big "C" branded on his forehead, meaning that he's been judged to be a criminal in the past.
Armed with a magical stone that gives her the power to talk to the animals, the little group of unwashed and decidedly stinky humans, and the much cleaner animals and other friends travel beyond the Valley of Thorns, which is made up of deadly poisoned spikes, cross the City of Dogs with its packs of rabid canines, and sneak into the town of Castalia where stands the dreaded Dark Tower.
There they face the latest in a line of evil rulers, who uses swarms of infectious bats and gross oozing ogres to do his foul bidding, but does not realize that Alexa and her friends have a plan to bring down his cruel empire. As the group of good guys gets bigger, the action steps up, and the book runs along to its "to be continued" conclusion.
The religious undertones get much stronger in this one, but I liked it more than the first because of the gross-out content and constant action.
Not for children who get creeped out by death and pestilence.
But bringing down the walls has opened the land to a new threat from outside. Forces are gathering to bring darkness to the land, and Alexa must play a key role in stopping it from happening.
Her adventures will take her BEYOND THE VALLEY OF THORNS and have her confronting giants, bats, ravenous dogs, and an evil mastermind who might be more than she can handle.
Reuniting with Alexa in the adventure of the second THE LAND OF ELYON book thrilled me just as it did the first time I read it. These books are great for fantasy lovers of all ages.
Reviewed by: Joan Stradling
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Well written and the character s are ones you can really fall in love with. All in all fantastic book series