Book 2 in Tales Of The Blue Jade series.
Dillen, Koto and Tajni are free of their cruel masters and ready for their next adventure. Dillen is drawn to a respected mapmaker's appeal for an apprentice and hopes to be chosen. But many others want the job, and the test for them all is to undertake a journey to a mountain pass haunted by a fearsome creature said to be the size of a barn and able to move like a hunting snake. Dillen and his friends soon discover they have an even more perilous mission on their hands, one that could be the end for all of them...
Aimed at primary school age.
Well, I am certainly glad that the sequel to the first book in this series has finally arrived! The colour scheme of the cover was great, and I loved the multi-coloured feather on it as well. The blurb on the back cover was truly interesting and mystifying, two of the things that made me want to get in and read the book.
The story started well, it introduces the reader into a scene that will make some things clearer later in the book, and it was pretty cool how the prologue ends in a semi-chaotic scene, and the first chapter begins in a nice, calm scene. I would say that this is a type of book that would be hard to understand without reading the first book, as there are several people, places, and scenes that are brought back up in the book but were introduced in book 1.
If it weren't for the fact that there were several creatures embedded in the storyline that are pure fiction, I would find it easy to believe that what was described the in the book actually happened in real life! As I ventured deeper into the story, I was kept interested by the fair amount of action and danger, mysteries that were brought up and then solved, and the fact that I felt like I was inside the story, watching the characters talk and fight from a distance, I would have felt more involved if the book was written in a first-person point of view.
I would say that a good age group for this book would be 10+, simply because the book is written in a form that younger viewers would not find easy to read and understand, but I you ask me I think that the product is okay for adults as well. The price is okay, and it is just that for the same reasons as book 1. I think that I shall read this book again when I have the time, as I am interested in going through all the cool thing that were thrown at me in this book all over again. To me, this book is an awesome novel that has a great storyline, good price, and a 1005 score from me. Have fun reading!
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