Friday, May 17, 2013
FANTASTIC FRIDAY: The Chronicles of Egg #2: New Lands by Geoff Rodkey
ABOUT THE BOOK
This highly anticipated sequel to Rodkey's much-praised debut is funny, heartfelt, and action-packed. Don't miss it!
After a narrow escape from Deadweather Island, Egg and his slightly deranged partner Guts head for the remote New Lands. They’re in search of the lost Okalu tribe, who hold the key to the mysterious treasure map that Egg can't decipher.
But the ruthless Roger Pembroke is hard on Egg's trail, and the New Lands are full of new enemies — against which our heroes only weapons are their brains, their courage...and the two dozen swear words Guts just memorized in the local tongue.
They're going to need help.
But who can they trust?
Is Kira, the beautiful and heavily armed Okalu refugee, their ally…or their enemy? Is Pembroke's daughter Millicent on Egg's side…or her father's? Why on earth is the notorious pirate Burn Healy being so nice to them? And the biggest question of all: what shocking secret is Egg about to discover in the shadow of an ancient Okalu temple?
It was great meeting up with Egg again. Egg makes an appealing hero. While far from perfect, he always tries his hardest to do what he feels is right. Unfortunately, when you have a wealthy, powerful man trying to kill you and a treasure map you can't interpret it becomes very difficult to know what the right thing is. With the help of new friends and old friends, Egg tries to find a way to the Okalu people, hoping to find someone able to help him decipher the map. But unfortunately, he runs into serious obstacles along the way, sickness and slavery among them.
I found myself enjoying this book just as much as the first one. With plenty of twists and turns and unexpected surprises I found myself cheering hard for Egg to come out on top. Despite the hard things he faced he still radiates goodness and a touch of innocence. Guts provides some humor but is also a sympathetic character who has faced some horrible things in his life with pirates, but who turns out to have surprising talents. Millicent, Egg's enemy's daughter, proves once again that no one will dictate her life for her, but also manages to irritate everyone along the way.
I also found myself enjoying the setting. Rodkey does a great job creating a feeling of discovery in this book as the kids travel through a world very much different than anything they've known before.
Like most middle books of trilogies there are still plenty of questions left to answer and I very much look forward to reading the last book in the series. Highly recommended.