Infinity Ring, Book Two: Divide and Conquer
Going back in time and fixing the great breaks in history should have never been this hard. Who am I kidding? Of course it would be next to impossible for a bunch of kids to travel through time to different points in history with little to no information of what to do. Somehow, though, Dak, Sera and Riq managed to fix that little altercation with Christopher Columbus and set history straight. In hindsight, that probably wasn’t that big of a deal, especially considering what the brave and mighty trio has to face next: Bloodthirsty Vikings.
"It’s not always easy to bring history to life, but the Infinity Ring series seems to be doing history justice. It also helps that the online component to these books is chalk full of more in-depth information to satisfy all your historian wishes and desires."
Dak, Sera and Riq figure out that their next destination is Paris and prepare for what is hopefully a less stressful experience. Ah, Paris. Most people think of the Eiffel Tower, French baguette, and beautiful sightseeing. Most people have forgotten, however, that it was once attacked by Viking warriors in one of their many conquests. Dak, Sera and Riq arrive just before the Viking invasion, and they aren’t sure how to proceed next. Are their instructions to help the Parisians fight back against the invasion? Or do they let the Vikings trample the city to the ground? Before they can make a plan, the unthinkable happens. Dak is captured and forced to work for the Vikings while Sera and Riq are roped into helping fortify the city.
At first Dak is terrified and feels like a small boy among the giant-like Vikings. If that wasn’t enough, he’s also not sure whether he should help the Vikings or try and stop them. Neither option seems very viable since Dak is just one kid. A Viking warrior takes an interest in Dak, though, and the two start working together to figure out the next steps. Apparently the great Viking leader Siegfried has a tendency to destroy first and then ask questions later. This could be good, or it could be bad, and Dak wishes there was some way he could contact Sera and Riq to figure out what he should do.
For their part, Sera and Riq are finally able to decode their instructions from the future and learn that they are to help Siegfried take Paris peacefully. Except it’s too late for that. Paris is already preparing for battle and the Viking camps don’t look like they are willing to take any prisoners. Now Sera and Riq must figure out not only how to stop an impending war, but also find Dak and use the Infinity Ring to get out of there. This is, of course, easier said than done. If there is one thing Dak, Sera and Riq have learned so far, it’s that history is anything but boring.
The best part about these books is that it allows you to have your geek-out moments, just like Dak. He geeks-out every time he comes across something he read about in a book, except it’s there in real life. While it might have been better to watch the Viking invasion of Paris from far away, you can’t help but get caught up in the thrill and excitement of the battle. It’s not always easy to bring history to life, but the Infinity Ring series seems to be doing history justice. It also helps that the online component to these books is chalk full of more in-depth information to satisfy all your historian wishes and desires.
Reviewed by Benjamin Boche on August 22, 2012