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Nathaniel Fludd, Beastologist, Book 2:
Aunt Phil and Nathaniel have just helped save a phoenix so a little rest and relaxation is in their future, right? WRONG! That mysterious stranger that was out to steal the Fludd Book of Beasts is BACK and somehow seemingly at the root of their next problem....an escaped basilisk! You know...the creature that can kill a man with its glance, wilt bushes with its breath and has poisonous venom highly prized by evil minds everywhere. ~shudders~ Yes, somehow this mythical beastie has been set lose of its humble domain and from the looks of it...it was intentional. Who would want to create such havoc? Better still, WHY? If the beastologists are even going to try to decipher this mystery, they best keep their wits about them lest they reach a fate which would render them unable to assist...
What can I say....I read this throughout the course of one day...yep, that's right! Why? Why? Because...it's just THAT good! Seriously, given the chance to work it's magic, you'll become a fast fan in no time. I fell in love with the series after reading book one via NetGalley back in September 2009 (link to my review just in case you're curious), so when I discovered book three was coming out October 4th, 2010, I HAD to read it! Now, I know, I know...this post is about book two, not three, but see there's a little story to that, which I'm about to share. I discovered book three's release date when perusing the eBook site in search of a midday read. Seeing that I had apparently missed book two's release, I searched the site, but to no avail. Alas, I was torn! I wanted to read book three, but could not (and would not) until I read book two. As most of us are, I happened to be on Twitter at the time and lamented my lack of finding the second title. No big deal, right? Who DOESN'T do that! Well, in this case, my random wail was heard...by the author!
Last but not least, we can't forget the illustrations. That's right! It may be a Middle Grade series (genre wise at least) but they did not forget to provide visual stimulation along the way. Utilizing classic pencil drawing techniques, the illustrator, Kelly Murphy, takes things one step further by bringing the pictures to life in the line shading and character expressions. Did I fail to mention that Nathaniel likes to draw during his expeditions as well? I wonder what those would look like....oh, wait...I don't HAVE to wonder; they're included! Even the chapter openers have illustrations, and in this case, they are bones. The fun part of that? See if you notice something that happens along the way in this space as the chapters progress.....it's subtle but a nice touch.
Recommended reading for all ages; whether young or young at heart, the magic will sweep you away. Stay tuned for the book birthday of book three coming up on Monday (10/04/10) when it becomes available in a bookstore near you! You can be sure we'll be celebrating it right here on the site, so check back in for a look at all the fun you're in store for. For more information on author R. L. Lafevers or illustrator Kelly Murphy, feel free to click on the links throughout this post....believe me, there is much fun to be had at both of their sites.
Until next time....happy reading!