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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

196. Vermonia, Volume 5 by Yoyo

The Warrior's Trial by Yoyo (Canada) - (US)
Vermonia, Vol. 5

Pages: 208
Ages: 8+
Finished: Aug. 30, 2011
First Published: Aug. 9, 2011
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Genre: manga, children, fantasy
Rating: 3/5


First sentence:

Jim, help me! I'm drowning.

Acquired: Received a review copy from Candlewick Press.

Reason for Reading: next in the series

Briefly, the warriors are attempting to protect the Pillar of Thunder in this volume.  They must face battle in the Lake of Wishes and finally against Uro's Henchman, the mighty Rodvel.  So what we have here is a battle scene that starts on page 1 and continues straight through until page 137.  The remainder of the book brings back some slight character development and moves the plot forward as we get to see what Mel is up to and Satorin is kidnapped.  We also get a flashback to the past learning more of the background story of the brothers and what created the fall of Vermonia in the first place.  Good information and intriguing story advancement in the last pages but the long strung out battle had me less than underwhelmed, but then I'm not 8.

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