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November 18, 2014

THE TREE OF WATER by Elizabeth Haydon


Return to the wonderful world of Elizabeth  Haydon's critically- acclaimed fantasy series for young readers,

The Lost Journals of Ven Polypheme
Book Four
Elizabeth Haydon

Interior Illustrations
Brandon Dorman 

Jacket Art
Mike Heath

(from Amazon)
The epic voyages continue in The Tree of Water, the fourth adventure in bestselling author Elizabeth Haydon’s acclaimed fantasy series for young readers, The Lost Journals of Ven Polypheme.
As Royal Reporter of the land of Serendair, it is the duty of young Charles Magnus "Ven" Polypheme to travel the world and seek out magic hiding in plain sight. But Ven needs to escape the clutches of the nefarious Thief Queen, ruler of the Gated City, whose minions are hunting for him. His friend, the merrow Amariel, has the perfect solution to his dilemma: Ven and Char will join her to explore the world beneath the sea.
As they journey through the sea, Ven finds himself surrounded by wonders greater than he could have ever imagined. But the beauty of the ocean is more than matched by the dangers lurking within its depths, and Ven and his friends soon realize that in order to save thousands of innocent lives, they may have to sacrifice their own. For everything in the ocean needs to eat…
Age Range: 10 - 14 years, Grade Level: 5 - 9,Series: The Lost Journals of Ven Polypheme (Book 4), Hardcover: 400 pages,Publisher: Starscape; First Edition edition (October 28, 2014),Language: English, ISBN-10: 0765320592, ISBN-13: 978-0765320599

This is the fourth installment of Dr. Haydon's fantasy series for not only young readers but everyone. With this wonderful adventure you come across dragons, merfolk and and sea life.  All in modern, mythical and prehistoric as Magic seeker Ven travels into the deep with his friend, fish tailed Amariel. The story goes along with a young man, Charles Magnus  Ven Polypheme, known short for Ven.  Royal missions is his duty. The action in this book is tremendous. The author put a little zip in the dialogue which made it more realistic.  Not only is this a fast paced  adventure it carries humor and a little bit of heart. The author writes with such detail in the scenery, the characters and the actions. This book will be of interest, not only for the young but for the not so young.  We all love fantasy. I don't want to give away any more.  The book is just well written and will attract all readers.  The author wrote for the young reader but it turns out it's for anyone.  Each of of the sagas in the author's series features a different quest in the magical land of Serendair.  Fantastic Fantasy.  I would suggest reading the other books first.

I was given a complimentary copy of THE TREE OF WATER from the author, Elizabeth Haydon and Tor Teen for my view of this book.  No other compensation took place.

I would give this book 4 STARS.
 ELIZABETH HAYDON is the author of the bestselling Symphony of Ages fantasy series, which began with Rhapsody. The Lost Journals of Ven Polypheme, set in the same enchanted world, is her first series for young readers. She lives on the East Coast with her husband and children.


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