Tuesday, December 10, 2013

The Ravens of Solemano by Eden Unger Bowditch

The Ravens of Solemano
or The Order of the Mysterious Men in Black
(The Young Inventors Guild)
by Eden Unger Bowditch

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Just released: September 2013
Publisher: Bancroft Press
Genre: Fantasy, Steampunk (a bit), Middle Grade
Hardback: 465 pages
Rating: 3.5

The Young Inventors Guild series:
The Atomic Weight of Secrets or The Arrival of the Mysterious Men in Black
The Ravens of Solemano or The Order of the Mysterious Men in Black
book 3 - tba

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It has been mere days since the brilliant children of the Young Inventors Guild escaped from the clutches of the horrible Komar Romak.

They've escaped with their lovely and caring schoolteacher, Miss Brett; with their long-absent parents; and with their bizarre captors, protectors, or both--the mysterious men in black. And now they travel by train, destined for parts unknown.

But a note torn from the hand of a dead man in a New York tunnel guarantees that safety is an illusion. When the children's world is blown apart, life will never be the same again.

Soon, the children--Jasper and little Lucy Modest, from London, England; Wallace Banneker, from New York, United States; Noah Canto-Sagas, from Toronto, Canada; and Faye Vigyanveta, from Delhi, India--find themselves in the ancient Italian village of Solemano, deep in a mystery that spans centuries. As they inch toward the truth of the men in black and the secrets they keep, one terrible fact remains:

Komar Romak is still out there. He's still after them, for reasons they can't even begin to imagine.

And he knows exactly where they are . . .

From the rolling plains of America to the wide-open waters of the Atlantic, through the Strait of Gibraltar to a remarkable village in the hills of Abruzzo, Italy, The Ravens of Solemano or The Order of the Mysterious Men in Black, the second book of Eden Unger Bowditch's Young Inventors Guild trilogy, is an adventure like no other, as the children draw ever closer to the answers to the mysteries that surround them.

My two-bits:

You will experience some traveling, good eating and inventing in this second tale to this trilogy.

I found this to story to be slow-paced as the kids continue to bond while trying to remain safe from the baddie, Komar Romak.

However, the interesting draw to read book two was discovering the mystery behind the mysterious men in black as well as things about their past.


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* review copy courtesy of publisher

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