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Book: Hamelin Stoop (Book 2): The Lost Princess and the Jewel of Periluna
Author: Robert B. Sloan
Publisher: 12 Gates Publishing, 2017
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing and/or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing and/or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Recommended reading level:
Rating: ***** 5 stars
(5 stars=EXCELLENT; 4 stars=GOOD; 3 stars=FAIR; 2 stars=POOR; 1 star=VERY POOR; no stars=NOT RECOMMENDED)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Sloan, Robert B. Hamelin Stoop (Book 2): The Lost Princess and the Jewel of Periluna (Published in 2017 by 12 Gates Publishing). Almost twelve year old Hamelin Stoop, who was raised at an orphanage in west Texas, enters the Land of Gloaming to find his parents, Johnnie and Simon, and learn his true identity. The Great Eagle leads him through the dangerous Waters of Death and Life. However, he is thrown into the midst of a war already being waged between the evil Chimera and the mysterious Ancient One. Chimera has three sons. Ren’dal rules Ventredees and has Hamelin’s parents. Landon has driven King Carr from his capital in Parthogen and has captured Carr’s daughter Charissa. Tumultor has been given Osmethan, stole a vitally important jewel from the underground kingdom of Periluna, and plans to marry Charissa.
Hamelin learns that his quest will not be quickly done or easily fulfilled. He must help Lars, the son of Periluna’s King Elwood, to recover the stolen jewel and Eraina, Charissa’s sister, to find the kidnapped princess. And they must all help each other. Can the jewel be returned to Periluna before the giant earthworms that never die destroy the kingdom? Will the somewhat vain Charissa agree to return to Parthogen? And does Hamelin learn the whereabouts of his parents? Hamelin’s story began in The Eagle, the Cave, and the Footbridge when he was found as a newborn in a tomato crate on the stoop of the orphanage and at age eight was led by the Great Eagle through the mysterious cave to the footbridge but refused to cross it then.
The first book in the Hamelin Stoop young adult fantasy series primarily sets the stage for Hamelin’s adventures in the Land of Gloaming. As a result, this second book, which contains some bits of magic, interesting beasts, and plenty of danger, has more action and excitement. It tells a riveting and suspenseful story that will fully hold the attention of older children and adults. The book is clean and not predictable with well developed characters and an enchanting plot. The fact that the reader can’t tell where it’s going makes its very intriguing. Intended for middle school or high school level, it would be advanced reading for middle school, but older teens and adults that like this genre will enjoy this series. The series is also appropriate as a read out loud for younger kids. Everyone who reviewed it agrees that the worst part is waiting for book number three.