It's been nine months and 23 days since Andy has returned home to Lake Hills, Texas from Oomaldee. Since then, he has dreamed of nothing but going back to help break the 500 year old curse which prevents King Hercalon and Mermin from dying and has placed a terrible fog over the land. All that's left behind for him in Texas is a trunk full of scrolls, that Andy can't read, and too many mysteries. Yet, when Sir Gawain comes charging in on his stead with news from the castle that Andy's help is once again needed, he is more then eager to go back. What Andy doesn't suspect is that he will be attacked as soon as he is pulled back and things have changed in Oomaldee. The King is preparing for a war and Razen, the new manager to the King, doesn't appear trustworthy to Andy. Andy also still has to contend with Imogenia, who is set on revenge for her brother King Hercalon murdering her so many years ago. Now that she has joined forces with King Abbadon, Andy might not stand a chance in recovering the second piece he needs to gather to help break the curse. When King Abbadon steals the Stone of Athanasia, the very thing that keeps the King and Mermin alive, Andy is faced with the tough choice of helping the King who has fallen ill or continuing on his quest to gather all the pieces to break the curse.
I read the first book Blast of the Dragon's Fury in August, 2013. At the time, I thought Andy was the kind of character that kids could easily relate to. I liked that Andy made mistakes and learned to follow his conscience. This second book is really starting to be my favorite in the series thus far. One of the nice things about this series is that although it is purely fantasy, the relationships between the people are very realistic. Each book also has wonderful messages about forgiveness, responsibility, or patience. Plus there is lots of action, and some very touching moments between Andy and King Hercalon. Overall, a series that middle grade children will definitely enjoy with a nice mix of medieval times with everyday principles. An ebook copy of Venom of The Serpent's Cunning was provided for my review. I'm looking forward to see where the story goes next in Book 3.
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