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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Heart of Valor by L.J. Smith: Book Review

 Heart of Valor (Solstice #2)
(Sequel to The Night of the Solstice) 
by L.J. Smith
Aladdin (Simon and Schuster)
ISBN: 978-1-4169-9841-9
Suggested Ages: 8-12 (Some Violence)

Description: When an earthquake shakes California, Alys, Janie, Charles and Claudia suspect it isn't just a typical earthquake. A year and a half after their journey into the Wildworld, they believe that the Passage between their world, the Stillworld, and that parallel universe of legend and danger may no longer be stable.

With their parents overseas and the great sorceress Morgana Shee traveling north to find the epicenter of the quake, the siblings are left on their own. But peril lurks around every corner. A magical attack sends the Hodges-Bradley kids' on a journey that will test all of their skills, including Janie's sorcery and Claudia's ability to communicate with animals.

Morgana's arch-rival, Thia Pendriel, is waiting. With Heart of Valor, the Forgotten Gem she has stolen, Thia's power is almost limitless—and she is ready to spring her trap.

The Good Stuff
  • Excellent continuation and completion of the series
  • Lots of sorcery, flying serpents, King Arthur and talking animals, how can you not like that
  • Like I mentioned in my review of the 1st book in the series, a great epic fantasy story for the younger set
  • Realistic relationships between the siblings -- trust me I'm the little sister in my family
  • Some light humour
  •  A far more detailed back story for Morgana
  • Interesting twist on the tale of Merlin and Arthur
  • Excellent 1st chapter brings you right back into the story of the Hodges-Bradley children
  • Really enjoyed how the characters developed from the first book to now
The Not so Good Stuff
  • Could have used the Vixen more
  • A little predictable -- but hey I am a 40 yr old women, these stories were not written for me
Favorite Quotes/Passages

"They understand NOW," agreed Charles pointedly. "But what happens in a little while when the effects wear off and they remember everything except the reasons why they did it? They're going to be telling their parents they gave their car away to some kids who made them smell a leaf. And what do they say then?"

"In the meantime, how about us doing some more sister things together?" Alys snorted. "Like what?" Oh, I don't know. Slay a few monsters, outwit a few magicians, drain a few Chaotic Zones, negotiate a few treaties..." And after lunch?" Janie returned the wry grin sweetly. "I'll let you know."

What I Learned
  • That I am a much better parent than any other parent portrayed in YA fiction 
  • I can handle fiction about the Fae, but only in YA books
Who should/shouldn't read
  • Younger YA will enjoy, especially if they love fantasy - but even if they aren't fans of fantasy, they will enjoy
  • Older YA may be a little too mature for this
4/5 Dewey's

I received this from Simon and Schuster in exchange for an honest review

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for sharing your review! This series is new to me, but after reading your reviews for both books it definitely sounds like one my YA-fantasy-loving family would enjoy. Adding it to my TBR list. :)