Synopses & Reviews
Two-time Newbery Honor Award-winning author Laurence Yep returns with the action-packed sequel to the critically-acclaimed City of Fire
From the islands of Hawaii, Scirye and her loyal companions have pursued the villainous Mr. Roland and evil dragon Badik all the way to the city of Nova Hafnia in the Arctic Circle. With the help of a trader and his daughter, the companions manage to chase their enemies into the vast and desolate Wastes. They are determined to stop Mr. Roland from getting his hands on the second of the Five Lost Treasures of Emperor Yü, which will give him the power to alter the very fabric of the universe.
But few who enter the Wastes ever return, and Scirye has no choice but to call on the Spirit of the North for help. As wild and unpredictable as the Arctic itself, will the Spirit turn out to be friend or foe?
Praise for City of Fire:
A YALSA Teen Top Ten nominee
A Fall 2009 Kids Indie Next List “Inspired Recommendations for Kids from Indie Booksellers” selection
A Kansas State Reading Circle Selection
“As usual, Yep successfully mixes adventure, history (of the often overlooked variety), colorful period detail, and magic with characters that young readers will want to follow into the next book in this promising planned trilogy.” —Publishers Weekly
“…the cast is as engaging as it is diverse.”—Kirkus Reviews
“…readers will be on tenterhooks awaiting the next episode of this exhilarating chase.”—Booklist
“Readers will enjoy the bond that develops among the characters…Yep does a fine job of telling the story through multiple perspectives, and the descriptions of historical artifacts, dragons, lap griffins (Sciryes feathered pet with wings,) and shape shifters are vivid, giving this first installment in a trilogy just the right blend of history and fantasy. Yep fans will be pleased.”—VOYA
“Yeps varied human, animal, and mythic cast is reminiscent of those found in Lewis Carroll and L. Frank Baum. Readers who follow the diverse protagonists as they come to understand and love one another as family will be eager to follow their adventures into the next volume.”—School Library Journal
“Yeps writing is absolutely fantastic, and the blending of many cultures is done with grace and skill…its a lot of fun and promises sequels of equal caliber.”—School Library Journal Book Reviews by Young Adults
Praise for City of Ice
“Sings and crackles with as much detail and action as the first….New readers have enough clues to feel instantly at home. Makes a great read-aloud, too.”—Booklist
“Readers…will be eager to read more about Sciryes adventures.” —School Library Journal
“Readers who enjoy inner conflicts, barbed dialogue, casts replete with supernatural creatures and fantasy epics that dont take themselves too seriously will find it a treat.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Another thrilling, fast-paced and imaginative adventure.”—Bookloons.com
“The book really made me connect with Scirye, and I found myself rooting for her the whole way through. I really couldnt find anything disappointing in this book. It was great.”—YA Galley Project teen reviewer Edward, age 14, rated 5—hard to imagine a better book, with nomination for Teen Top Ten
“I would rate this book a solid 5. It kept me reading, it was interesting and it was an adventure book. This book I would totally recommend to people. I liked this book a lot and I think if anybody else reads it they would have the same opinion as I had. This is one of my favorite books in the world!”—Teen Advisory Panel reviewer Johnson, rated 5—hard to imagine a better book
“This is a great book for adventurers and people.”—Teen Advisory Panel reviewer, Stephanie, rated 4.9--hard to imagine a better book
About the Author
LAURENCE YEP is the critically acclaimed author of more than sixty books for children and young adults, including two Newbery Honor Award winners: Dragonwings and Dragons Gate. In 2005, he won the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for a substantial and lasting contribution literature for children. Yep lives with his wife, author and editor Joanne Ryder, in California.