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Into the Mist: A Prequel to the Land of Elyon Trilogy

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Into the Mist: A Prequel to the Land of Elyon Trilogy

Alexa and her good friend, Yipes, are accumulating quite a long list of amazing adventures in the Land of Elyon. Now they prepare for another as they join Captain Roland Warvold on his majestic ship, the Warwick Beacon. However, Captain Roland refuses to tell Alexa and Yipes where they are heading. Before revealing the details of their impending journey, Roland needs to share with them an adventure of his own. So, as they sail across the Lonely Sea, Roland narrates the story of his own incredible childhood.

Ten-year-old Roland and his eleven-year-old brother, Thomas, don’t remember their parents. Their earliest memories are of an orphanage, but their mischief and high jinks eventually get them transferred to the horrid House on the Hill run by an evil woman named Madame Vickers. The House on the Hill is a run-down, dilapidated dump perched upon the town’s mound of garbage. She and her nasty son claim any unwanted orphans, make them sleep in the dark, bug-infested basement, feed them scraps and crumbs, and force them to dig through the piles of stinking, rotting garbage for anything worth selling. Roland and Thomas have sunk deep into a putrefying nightmare.

But one day, the brothers dig up an old saddlebag containing a strange piece of paper. It includes the words “Western Kingdom” and “Wakefield House,” plus a strange symbol made up of circles and squares --- a symbol that exactly matches one found on the brothers’ knees, resembling a tattoo or birthmark. Thomas and Roland decide that they must discover what it means, so they escape the House on the Hill and travel to the Western Kingdom.

Their dangerous journey takes them through magical places like the Great Ravine, the Lake of Fire, the Valley of Thorns, Lonely Sea and the maze-like Wakefield House. Along the way, they meet a gentle giant named Armon, a formidable mountain lion called Thorn, and an ageless instructor, Sir Alistair Wakefield --- all of whom help answer some difficult questions about their past and future.

Patrick Carman delivers another thrilling and magical tale from the Land of Elyon. In this fourth installment, he brings back the beloved and energetic characters of Alexa and Yipes. This time, however, they are preparing for their next adventure by learning about Roland’s life, giving readers a story within a story. Filled with dream-like destinations, creative characters and audacious adventures, any fiction/fantasy fan will find a friend with this series. And another chunk of good news is promised with the final words on the last page: “To be continued.”

Reviewed by Chris Shanley-Dillman on January 1, 2011

Into the Mist: A Prequel to the Land of Elyon Trilogy
by Patrick Carman

  • Publication Date: January 1, 2011
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks
  • ISBN-10: 0439899982
  • ISBN-13: 9780439899987