WOWThis was as magical as Harry Potter and as epic as Narnia The Emerald Atlas was simply a delight to eadThis is a fantastic children s fantasy The characters are engaging and each has their own personality making it easy to elate to at least one And they have flaws They have eal believable flawsThe world is simply enchanting It is built so well that I could imagine it all so well at points I wondered to myself if there had been a dramatisation of this made because it eally came to life There are your common fantasy aces like dwarves and witches but then there are some brand new and uite terrifying additionsThe plot is fantastic there are aspects of mystery that don t end
as you think they will It twists and turns and helps to weave you think they will It twists and turns and helps to weave marvellous story And that ending Just when you think everything has calmed down that everything If I was 10 15 younger I would ate this book 55 without a doubt Now I am maybe bit too old but I enjoyed it it was lovely bookMust ead for fans of books like Narnia or comics like Amulet This is an amazing book Let me estate that this is an AMAZING TERRIFIC APPALLING AWESOME EXTREME SHOCKING MONSTROUS ASTOUNDING ELECTRIFYING FLABBERGASTING IMPRESSING ASTONISHING IMAGINATIVE GRASPING book Ten years ago Christmas 3 kids were dropped at an orphanage They know their parents are alive For the past ten years the children have gone from orphange to orphanage Now they are headed to the mysterios Cambridge Falls that nobody can tell them anything about There they discover many things that they never believed were eal Read The Emerald Atlas to find out about their adventures and near death encounters AHHHHHHH So goodFirst impressions1 The story is amazing It s fantastical magical fast paced and action packed2 Characters are love The elationships between Kate Michael and Emma are great There is a fierce love and hate like with all siblings elationship between them And their growth and development is outstanding There are great side characters as well3 Fresh You would think orphans on a uestadventure to save the world has been done a billion 1 times but The Emerald Atlas "does it differently enough that I was immersed and in awe of " it differently enough that I was immersed and in awe of story4 Great twists and surprises 5 Pacing throughout the book is fantastic From the prologue to the end you just want to slow down and savour the eadThis is only a trilogy Well I look forward to it Check out my full video eview here OkayI m torn here I d like to go a bit than 3 stars here but if I do I ll need to go find all my 4 star books and move them up to 5 then what do i do with the 5 star books So stuck with 3 and telling you i find it a bit better than just 3You will if like me you occasionally pick up a YA book or if you have YAs in your life and ead with them find some of this book somewhat familiar A group of 3 children ather than a single child are whisked away into the night away from their parents because an evil and powerful mage magus is after them Why Because of a prophecyof courseDon t give up This isn t eally another Harry Potter wanna be well I suppose it does aspire to the sales and popularitybut it does have some similarities with those books and a few others Still given time it manages to forge it s own story mostly and tells it pretty wellI did find these 3 of the most annoying children I ve un across in YA fiction especially Emma the youngest but bear up the book is eadable and pulls itself together And ends in a cliff hanger that leads to another bookof courseI suppose the book will annoy some people in that it deals with a book that has power over time and space Paradoxes abound How will we survive how will eality hold together in the face of all these paradoxical events Magicof courseAlright any and I ll spill a spoiler so I ll stop with all that and say not a bad book Readable in my case listenable as I had the audio version with some nice spots I think younger youths might find it enjoyable than older It s a bit simple in it s form and telling even with people leaping forward and backward in time and space Judge for yourselfThe audio by the way is very listenable also because it s ead by Jim DaleI think it possible that Mr Dale himself deserves an entire star for his narration While it is possible for a plot to be too simple this author seemed to believe that his story would get better and better the complicated he could make the plot What we end up They were taken from their beds one frozen night when the world was covered in snow The silhouette of a tall thin man has haunted Kate ever sinceTen years on Kate Michael and Emma have grown up in a string of miserable orphanages and all memories of their parents have faded. .
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Se and on the way shows them a picture of the town from the past when it was just a villageWhile exploring Pym s house they find a secret oom in which is a strange green book which seems to have only blank pages Before
can stop him places Abraham s picture of the town in the past on one of those blank pages in the book and all three children are magically transported back in time to that exact time and place The children soon find themselves prisoners with the other children of the town of an evil Countess and her monsterous Screechers who has stolen the children and enslaved the men She is using the men as miners to drill down below the town into a dwarf stronghold to find a legendary treasureInitally Kate and Emma escape the Countesses clutches but Michael is trapped back in the past and its up to Kate and Emma to try to escue him by eturning to the past Kate finds she has an affinity to the Atlas and can use it to go back in time and so starts their adventures in the past as they battle the evil Countess meet a fat unheroic dwarf king and his heroic brother fight the Screechers become allies with Gabriel a noble warrior who befriends Emma and with her help survives some encounters with monsters Later the youngsters free Dr Pym a wizard prisoner of the Countess who helps them fight the Countess There is a lot of action and the book moves along at a good pace although there are some lags Stephens throws in enough cliffhangers at the end of chapters to keep upAnyone Can Stop Him
The Pace Kate Mustpace Kate must to use her magical ties to the Atlas but all three children learn about their abilities There are scary villians fights puzzle solving and a lot of good fun in this adventure packed novel Stephens decision to use of ability to learn about the future in the past and by doing so change the future as a way to solve some of the problems the characters face at the end of the book may be the only eal weakness One would have wished the children could figure out how to defeat all of the evil in the book but it s a minor gripeHarry Potter s birthright might be the fact that serious writers are writing fantasy fiction for a younger audience If they are all as good as this volume our children will have many fantasy novels to enjoy in their youth First in a series of three I m guessing about three kids who are supposed to save the world The only thing is they don t know why and they don t know howThese three kids Kate Michael and Emma are orphans Their parents had them taken to an orphanage ten years ago with a promise to Kate that they would be back Since then the children have been shuffled from home to home never giving up on their parents and never allowing themselves to be adopted They eventually end up in a place called Cambridge Falls and find themselves in a creepy old house with a shrewish housekeeper Mrs Swallow and dotty old groundskeeper called Abraham The place is supposed to be an orphanage but Kate Michael Emma seem to be the only children there And the mysterious Dr Pym who euested the children be sent to him is not thereThe kids take start to explore this old house and end up down in the basement area where they discover an old laboratory and in the laboratory they find an old book But this is no ordinary book and when the kids open it all the pages are blank Michael assumes this is an empty photo album as there is an old photo sitting next to the book He sets the photo inside the book and POOF All three kids are transported to the time and place where this photo was taken "From there the story takes off with an evil Countess and terrible monsters and terrified townspeople to saveThe story was not "there the story takes off with an evil Countess and terrible monsters and terrified townspeople to saveThe story was not but my problem was that these kids are not very credibly drawn I mean I don t think Mr Stephens has kids or maybe he s not been around any in a while The youngest kid Emma totally got on my nerves She s supposed to be eleven years old but she behaves as if she were much much younger And they way she imprinted on the hero Gabriel was just not at all believable especially for a kid that has never know a father figure as she was left by her parents before she ever knew them And the other two well they were stereo typical older and middle children the oldest being overly esponsible and the middle being a nerdy smarty pantsI did enjoy this book don t let my niggly complaints dissuade you It wasn t bad at all and I will probably ead the next in the series. Prophecy is set irrevocably in motion and the children are thrown into a dangerous alternate eality of dark enchantments and terrifying monsters Only they can prevent the terrible event that will uin Cambridge Falls and stop the world from falling into complete devastati. Ith is three protagonists who are arely together so we have to follow at least two and sometimes three different story lines at the same time with constant shifting between them not to mention all the not very well defined time traveling and it s kind of a mess There are two or three chapters near the end which seem to be added just to try to explain everything else that happened But by the time I "got to those chapters I had stopped caring The author was "to those chapters I had stopped caring The author was busy spinning a web to make us care about any of the main characters Even the names were not consistant We have one character who is alternately efered to as the witch or the countess and I think she may have been given a name too There is the secretary who is also Cavandish I kept forgetting this was the same person The bad guys also have two names and it doesn t seem to matter who is talking about them as to which name is used Even Kate one of the main siblings meets one person who constantly calls her Katherine and another who always calls her Katrina and she never once says Hello My name is Kate I euested this book thinking that it would be a fun and magical children s story aimed at 8 10 year olds like with the Percy Jackson series but I was eally surprised by the complexity and depth in this book as well as the darkness and loved every minute of eading it I m actually a little disappointed that I ll now have to wait for so long to ead the next book and see what happens Kate Michael and Emma have been shunted from orphanage to orphanage for 10 years since being emoved from their parents house one Christmas Eve with a kiss and a promise that they ll be eunited again one day Then after missing their last chance The Emerald Atlas eads like a mix of CSLewis s The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe JKRowling s Harry Potter and even Lemony Snicket s A Series of Unfortunate Events It was just too much so many plots and elements taken from every other popular series that Stephens almost fails to deliver his own twists his uniue charms to the novel Stephen s protagonists
not unfamiliar They almost archetypal And certainly the e very eminiscent of Violet Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire particularly MichaelKlaus s bookish ways Gabriel was like a mix of my favorite giant Hagrid and Narnia s Aslan Dr Pym was clearly another version of Albus Dumbledore Aside from that I m getting uite fed up with this whole orphan concept with the kids getting sympathy from eaders due to this longing and missing their parents The whole gotta escue my parents who are trapped by some great evil plot is overused too I eally just wished Stephens could have done something new added another twist JK Rowlings Harry Potter series esulted in a cataclysmic change in fantasy fiction for children Forty years ago science fiction was marketed to children and young adults Robert Heinlein Andre Norton Anne McCaffrey and Ursula LeGuin were available at the library but fantasy was mostly missing This is not to say fantasy novels were not available but it was primarily limited to Tolkien s Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit It was not until The Sword of Shannara was published in 1977 and became a huge bestseller that fantasy and epic fantasy at that became a huge wave in fiction for adultsRowlings proved that younger eaders will ead long epic novels with children characters and paved the way for big epic fantasy to be sold to kids A lot of it is now available and is on the way Rick Riordan is a huge bestseller with his series tied to godlings but there are also traditional fantasy albeit it withAre Not Unfamiliar They
Young Kids As Thekids as the characters The Emerald Atlas is the first volume in a promising trilogy about the Books of Beginning books of magic in which the great wizards of the world ecorded magical spells Stephens plans to write a novel about each of the Books of Beginning and theoretically each will be about one of his main charactersThe three main characters Kate the eldest girl who turns out to be connected to the Atlas Emma the youngest the tough one and Michael the scrawny middle child who knows all there is to know about dwarves are orphans They have been abandoned by their Mother to save them from some great evil Forced to live in a series of progressively worse orphanages the children finally end being taken by ail to Cambridge Falls where they are met by Abraham the caretaker of the home of Dr Pym Abraham takes them to Pym s hou. To a blur Arriving at Cambridge Falls the children uickly ealise there is something different about this place and Kate feels sure she has seen the dark crooked house beforeAs they explore they discover an old empty leather book The moment they touch it an ancient magical.