[Free E-pub] ☲ The Emerald Atlas ♽ Garden-home.co

While it is possible for a plot to be too simple, this author seemed to believe that his story would get better and better thecomplicated he could make the plot What we end up with is three protagonists who are rarely 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 too 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 refered 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 OkayI m torn here I d like to go a bitthan 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 3.You will, if like me, you occasionally pick up a YA book or if you have YAs in your life and read with them, find some of this book somewhat familiar A group of 3 children rather 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 course.Don t give up This isn t really another Harry Potter wanna be well I suppose it does aspire to the sales and popularity but 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 well.I did find these 3 of the most annoying children I ve run across in YA fiction especially Emma the youngest but bear up the book is readable and pulls itself together And ends in a cliff hanger that leads to another bookof course.I 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 reality hold together in the face of all these paradoxical events Magicof course.Alright 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 itenjoyable 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 yourself.The audio by the way is very listenable also, because it s read by Jim Dale..I think it possible that Mr Dale himself deserves an entire star for his narration. [Free E-pub] ☩ The Emerald Atlas ♴ 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 To A Blur Arriving At Cambridge Falls, The Children Quickly Realise 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 Prophecy Is Set Irrevocably In Motion, And The Children Are Thrown Into A Dangerous Alternate Reality Of Dark Enchantments And Terrifying Monsters Only They Can Prevent The Terrible Event That Will Ruin Cambridge Falls And Stop The World From Falling Into Complete Devastation WOW.This was as magical as Harry Potter and as epic as Narnia The Emerald Atlas was simply a delight to read.This is a fantastic children s fantasy The characters are engaging and each has their own personality, making it easy to relate to at least one And they have flaws They have real believable flaws.The 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 really came to life There are your common fantasy races like dwarves and witches, but then there are some brand new and quite terrifying additions.The 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 this marvellous story And that ending Just when you think everything has calmed down, that everything is going to be OK now Well, I don t want to spoil it for you.When I finished this I was left with that slightly empty yet expectant feeling that I have very rarely felt This is a really powerful start to the series.I can t wait to read on I received a copy of this for free via Goodreads First Reads. The Emerald Atlas reads like a mix of C.S.Lewis s The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, J.K.Rowling 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 unique charms, to the novel Stephen s protagonists are not unfamiliar They re almost archetypal And certainly, the re very reminiscent of Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire particularly Michael Klaus 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 quite fed up with this whole orphan concept, with the kids getting sympathy from readers due to this longing and missing their parents The whole gotta rescue my parents who are trapped by some great evil plot is overused too I really just wished Stephens could have done something new, added another twist to them being lonely orphans The general plot is intriguing, but painstakingly underdeveloped and filled with ludicrous and overused elements I m a big fan of time traveling concepts, but unfortunately, The Emerald Atlas just confused me with this telling of dual universes and just the technicalities and loop holes of such details I don t even want to go back and try to understand it any But The point is there are two different versions of what happened in the past, yet Dr Pym and others remember both accounts even after Kate changed history Um I thought two versions couldn t exist simultaneously And, hello, butterfly effect, anyone Time traveling theories are quite tricky, which is really why Stephens shouldn t have attempted it I just think it takes someoneexperienced to try to explain these concepts, especially since his writing wasn t totally on par Interestingly enough, Stephens worked on Gossip Girl, Gil Girls, and The O.C Maybe he should stick to script writing, as Stephens tends to roll over the details as well as important dialogue with a paragraph summary The imbalance between dialogue and summary was just really prominent through out Stephens does throw in quite an amount of humor and even wit, but it seems like I noticed the flawsI don t hate the book, even despite the awful load of taken plot elements and characteristics from my favorite fictional personalities, as the general story can be quite unique However, I found the protagonists not very endearing or lovely, the other characters too similar to some of my favorites to even differentiate, and the time traveling just too full of holes to fully enjoy. If I was 10 15 younger I would rate this book 5 5 without a doubt Now I am maybe bit too old but I enjoyed it, it was lovely book.Must read for fans of books like Narnia or comics like Amulet Lectura muy entretenida que mantiene atrapado al lector con una intriga que ya se advierte desde las primeras p ginas, muy bien narrada de principio a fin y con el toque de humor justo que te hace sonre r en m s de una ocasi n con ciertos personajes Excelente desarrollo de las aventuras que viven los protagonistas, eso s con mucha influencia de otros libros del g nero fant stico pero en acontecimientos secundarios m s que en la historia principal, por lo que sta no pierde originalidad Un libro correcto y muy recomendable tanto para j venes como para aquellos que no lo son tanto. JK Rowlings Harry Potter series resulted 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 adults.Rowlings proved that younger readers will read 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, andis on the way Rick Riordan is a huge bestseller with his series tied to godlings, but there are also traditional fantasy, albeit it with young kids as the main 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 recorded 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 characters.The 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 rail to Cambridge Falls, where they are met by Abraham, the caretaker of the home of Dr Pym Abraham takes them to Pym s house, and on the way shows them a picture of the town from the past, when it was just a village.While exploring Pym s house, they find a secret room in which is a strange green book, which seems to have only blank pages Before anyone can stop him, Michael 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 treasure.Initally, 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 rescue him by returning 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 up the pace Kate must learn 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 real 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 gripe.Harry 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. Das sch nste Jugend Fantasy Buch, dass ich seid langem gelesen habe Ein toller Auftakt freue mich auf die n chsten beiden B nde Volle Punktzahl und eine absolute Leseempfehlung AHHHHHHH So good.First impressions 1 The story is amazing It s fantastical, magical, fast paced and action packed 2 Characters are love The relationships between Kate, Michael and Emma are great There is a fierce love and hate like with all siblings relationship between them And their growth and development is outstanding There are great side characters as well.3 Fresh You would think orphans on a quest adventure 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 the story.4 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 read This is only a trilogy Well, I look forward to it Check out my full video review here