The epic voyages proceed in The Tree of Water, the fourth event in bestselling writer Elizabeth Haydon's acclaimed delusion sequence for younger readers, The misplaced Journals of Ven Polypheme.

As Royal Reporter of the land of Serendair, it's the responsibility of younger Charles Magnus "Ven" Polypheme to commute the realm and search out magic hiding in simple sight. yet Ven must get away the clutches of the nefarious Thief Queen, ruler of the Gated urban, whose minions are trying to find him. His pal, the merrow Amariel, has the suitable approach to his issue: Ven and Char will sign up for her to discover the area underneath the sea.

As they trip in the course of the sea, Ven reveals himself surrounded via wonders more than he may have ever imagined. however the fantastic thing about the sea is greater than matched via the hazards lurking inside its depths, and Ven and his neighbors quickly observe that during order to save lots of millions of blameless lives, they might need to sacrifice their very own. For every thing within the ocean must eat…

"A pleasant epic myth that would allure a readership either older and more youthful than the objective audience." ―Booklist (starred evaluation) on The Floating Island

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Oh good. I’m yes you attempted your most sensible. ” “Wait! ” shouted Char. His voice got here out louder than he anticipated, and it echoed in the course of the Drowning Cave. The gills of the merfolk fluttered on the sound. “Madame Sharra—there’s a fortune teller, tall and skinny and she or he has golden epidermis and eyes. She’s an excellent individual. She could be stored. ” “And Mr. Coates,” Ven extra. “Mynah Coates, i believe was once his complete identify. He’s a guns maker, and he has canines, Finlay and Munx. He used to be very style to us besides. ” His voice bought quieter as he considered the final time he had visible the hands of Coates, the guns store, empty, its door ajar, all the safeguard traps sprung, skinny streaks of blood all over. “Actually, I’m unsure he’s even nonetheless alive. He can have paid for supporting us together with his existence. ” at the back of his brain, anything Mr. Coates had acknowledged to him early in his stopover at to the Gated urban got here again to him. there are lots of layers inside of any felony; do not forget that. all of it relies on who’s guarding what. not only an individual can move at will out of the harbor tunnels, think me. in the event that they may perhaps, I— The guns maker had by no means entire his suggestion. “Mr. Coates informed me that although every body within the Gated urban is aware concerning the harbor tunnels, now not everybody can use them. So a number of the those that stay there also are prisoners in their fellow prisoners. ” The Cormorant stopped. the kids watched as he stood in proposal for a very long time. Then he back to the place Ven used to be status. “I have by no means visible a Nain,” he acknowledged. “But while you're, actually, Nain, you then are a son of the Earth. you're misplaced within the sea, Ven. ” Ven sighed. “So i've been informed. ” “Perhaps your connection to the land might help us make experience of the matter with the Gated City,” the Cormorant persisted. “I don't have any wish to slaughter the blameless. however it is my responsibility—my first responsibility—to hinder the destruction of the reef and its population. This riddle is past my skill to resolve. ” He signaled to the sea-Lirin squaddies. They picked up the heavy item that had fallen earlier than they entered and carried it over to him, depositing it at his toes. It was once what appeared like a canvas bag like sailors used to hold their equipment in, truly made at one time by way of people, with a chain of cords tying it closed. The Cormorant opened the bag and pulled out 3 knapsacks, which he put on the coral cave ground in entrance of them. Then he drew forth barbed guns just like the one Coreon was once preserving, and brief spears. “I recommend for those who meet the ocean King on the pageant, you remain out of any sunshadows close to him, in particular on Threshold, the final day of summer,” he acknowledged. “His strength is at its maximum on that day, the final day of his reign, and he makes nice use of sunshadow then. you'd be good recommended to stick transparent, otherwise you may possibly end up transported to a different a part of the ocean at the different aspect of the realm. ” “I don’t understand,” Char stated. “I have to ship a message to the ocean King,” stated the Cormorant. “I want his suggestions approximately who to kill and who to allow reside in the Gated urban.

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