The quest continues!
The Nacht, the evil dragon that threatens to destroy both the Dreaming and the Waking World, is growing stronger, and twelve-year-old Tom Elm is the champion the Dreaming has chosen to defeat it. Along with Roderick the raccoon, Percival Bone and his nephew and niece, Randolf, Lorimar, and the two stupid Rat Creatures, Tom must race to find the missing pieces of the Spark. This leg of the journey introduces him to a trio of scheming bears and takes him into the depths of a dangerous beehive. And, on top of everything else, a traitor might be among them. . . .
About the Author
Tom Sniegoski is the NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of more than two dozen novels, including The Fallen, a teen fantasy quartet. He lives in Massachusetts with his wife and their French bulldog puppy. Visit him online at www.sniegoski.com.
Jeff Smith is the creator of the award-winning, NEW YORK TIMES bestselling BONE series. He was born and raised in the American Midwest and learned about cartooning from comic strips, comic books, and TV animation. Visit him online at www.boneville.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reason for Reading: Next in the series.An enjoyable follow-up to the first book in this series. The main plot centres around our group of heroes as they continue on their journey and quest to find the second piece of the Spark. Everyone from Book One appears in this volume, both good and evil characters, with the inclusion of a few more characters joining them in the quest, possibly temporarily for this book only. I enjoyed the new characters and continue to love all the regulars in this series. The plot was fun, exciting and full of dangers. Characters are developing especially the leader Tom, and the warrior priest from the Veni Yan, Randolph. I enjoy character driven books, and while this is more plot-driven, the characters personalities and motives are also quite important to the plot.My only complaint is that there is not much, if any, lead-in to this book to refresh your memory of 2011's book one; so it did take me a few chapters to get into the story and start remembering who was who and what was what. Also, I'm pretty sure I said this in my review of book one but there are not nearly enough illustrations by Jeff Smith. One per chapter on the most part. More illustrations would be gladly welcomed by Jeff Smith.
Jake's Review: I really wish that these books would go back to being graphic novels. There is way too many words and it takes me forever to read it. I like that there is lots of action, but you can show that in a comic book too. Liked how they brought back the bees from the other books and there was some funny stuff too. My favorite character is Joey because he never listens and he falls asleep all the time like me. I don't like Fredrik because he is kinda weird looking (and sounding). If I could change this book I would make it into a graphic novel with lots more action and less talking. I would recommend this book to boys who like to read alot and don't care if there are not any pictures. While I was reading I kept thinking on how hard it would be to fight rat creatures which also kinda scared me too.Jake's Rating: 5/10Mom's Review: Well I definitely enjoyed it more than Jake did, but only slightly to be honest. I really think it is extremely well written and interesting but I like Bone for what it was, a fantastic graphic novel. That being said do not let our review taint you, it really it brilliantly done. It is a fast paced (yes Jake, I know you thought it was slow, but that is because you wanted pictures) the characters are interesting and it is hilarious at times. The artistry is top notch which I think is a little why I was disappointed -- I just wanted more of it. I think it would really appeal to the more mature/sophisticated middle grade reader who loves fantasy. Mom's Rating: 7/10