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Sure, the glass castle floating over Evan’s head is a little unsettling, 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.
Geared toward readers of middle grade fantasy.
Perfect for fans of Percy Jackson.
The first book in the Relics of Mysticus series, The Serpent’s Ring:
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.
The second book in the Relics of Mysticus series, The Trickster’s Totem:
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.
Today, I’m delighted to have author H.B. Bolton here!
She is going to talk a little about Emrys.
I hope you’ll like what she shares. 🙂
By H.B. Bolton
There are many tales involving Emrys, also known as Merlin, and the Lady of the Lake, Vivian. According to legend, Vivian had captivated Merlin’s mind, and captured his heart. Although his power of foresight had warned him of her possible betrayal, he still offered her lessons in magic. Once she had learned all she could from him, she trapped him either within a tree, under a rock, or inside a tomb. I stumbled upon another tale where she loved him in return and magically constructed a tower in which to keep him safe. The Dragon’s Egg has her place him inside a floating glass castle, where an enchanted apple tree — with the power to awaken him — sits in the courtyard.
Merlin’s typically portrayed as an elderly man with a long white beard. This depiction of him was stuck in my mind, and when I saw him sleeping inside the castle, this is how I described him:
His alabaster skin stretched thin over his frail bones. Long strands of brittle white hair twisted into skeletal nests above his feeble shoulders. And he wheezed with each slight breath.
However, this changed once he was revived:
The wizard sputtered and sat upright. Merlin’s cataract-laden eyes fixed straight ahead. With each jagged breath, his muscles grew larger, filling the hollowed recesses between his bones. Blood pulsed through his fragile veins, and a fleshy color returned to his skin. Dark hair sprang from atop his head, stopping at just above his shoulders. Stubble thickened around his mouth and trailed along his jaw. And finally, milky film faded from his piercing blue eyes as he studied Dunkle’s face.
The Dragon’s Egg showed Merlin as a man in his thirties and a force to be reckoned with. He was the protector of the Dragon’s Egg, which helped him control the ruthless dragon Thrakon. That was until Alamaz stole the Egg, thus rendering the wizard powerless against the vengeful dragon. As it turned out, Merlin was also a member of the Band of Unlikely Heroes. Of course, this legendary group of warriors can be found only in the Relics of Mysticus series.
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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