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Open Ebook Ebook Details
  • 12/2019
  • 9780578593104
  • 280 pages
  • $5.99
Hardcover Book Details
  • 12/2019
  • 9780578593692
  • 290 pages
  • $24.99
Paperback Book Details
  • 12/2019
  • 9780578593098
  • 292 pages
  • $12.99
Owen Minter
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The Shrouded Sword
Owen Minter, author
Twelve-year old Ethan Moseby and his ten -year old sister, Jynx, are dreading spending Christmas break with Socrates Maupin, an estranged uncle who is as peculiar as his temperamental mansion in Deadmoor, Virginia. How can they be expected to survive without TV? Is their uncle really a spy like the locals claim? And what is causing the creepy occurrences within the old house’s walls? Though Socrates surprises the siblings by spending more time with them than their self-absorbed parents ever had, they’re ready to leave. But when Ethan hears a strange voice after discovering a maze on his uncle’s property, he knows he must stay to solve the voice’s cryptic message: “Seek the light to reveal the shrouded treasure. For the sake of the trust.” With the help of Jynx and a young local genius named Amos Sprunt, Ethan must crack riddles and ciphers to locate an enchanted painting leading to the shrouded treasure. A treasure hidden in the recesses of time. A treasure that—when reunited with three other concealed objects—could control the world’s fate with unstoppable magic. But the kids aren’t alone on the hunt. Their uncle is actually Merlin, the legendary wizard who has left England for the new world. Together they battle blood-thirsty pirates of yore, and Morgause, a fairy witch with a riddle-loving goblin and giant flame-spitting salamander on her side. Can Ethan, Amos, and Jynx find the wit, strength, and bravery they need to reach the treasure—before it falls into the wrong hands?
Reviews
Drawing influences from multiple sources, Minter assembles a boisterous series opener that finds children solving puzzles, traveling through time, and fighting pirates. For the three weeks of this year’s Christmas break, the Moseby siblings—Ethan, 12, and Jynelle Xyla “Jynx,” 10—are deposited at their eccentric uncle Socrates Maupin’s Gramarye House, in Deadmoor, Va. Given free rein over the property, and with no television or internet to otherwise occupy their time, the two, along with Amos Sprunt, a bibliophile and the local undertaker’s son, explore the oddities of the sprawling estate. Soon, they find themselves absorbed in the mysteries of a hedge maze and embarking on a journey that leads them to a graveyard, a derelict mausoleum, and the deck of Captain Kidd’s ship, facing riddles galore. Meanwhile, the witch Morgause watches from her tower prison, scheming to interfere and escape—but the children have an ally in the wizard Merlin. References to Edgar Allan Poe, Sherlock Holmes, King Arthur, and Alice in Wonderland abound. While characters feel underdeveloped and the story suffers from a surplus of ideas, this is nonetheless an adventure filled with surprises. Ages 8–12. (Self-published)
Goodreads

“If your child enjoyed the middle-grade Fablehaven series, he or she will love The Shrouded Sword (the first book in Minter’s fantasy/adventure series)! Join Ethan, Amos, and Jynx on their wild search for a hidden treasure that could control the fate of the world. Packed with pirate chases, time travel, riddle-spewing creatures, magic, and mystical mazes, The Shrouded Sword is a fun read from beginning to end!”

Andrea, Goodreads

Great Adventure Read

“The Shrouded Sword has a keep you glued to the book pace. It combines a magical world, an epic quest and endearing characters that you care about. Makes a wonderful read aloud. I cannot wait for the next in the series. Thanks Mr. Minter, for writing such a great book!”

Great Adventure Read

Kirkus Reviews

“The plot is unquestionably full of surprises. . .” --- Kirkus Reviews

Formats
Open Ebook Ebook Details
  • 12/2019
  • 9780578593104
  • 280 pages
  • $5.99
Hardcover Book Details
  • 12/2019
  • 9780578593692
  • 290 pages
  • $24.99
Paperback Book Details
  • 12/2019
  • 9780578593098
  • 292 pages
  • $12.99

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