Venom and Song is Book 2 in “The Berinfell Prophecies” series by Wayne Thomas Batson and Christopher Hopper and the subject of this month’s Christian Science Fiction and Fantasy (CSFF) Blog Tour. As the sequel to The Curse of the Spider King, this latest book in the series throws readers right into the action, picking up where Book 1 left off. (In other words, make sure you read Book 1 first!)
The story follows the adventures of seven young elf lords as they not only learn how to use their unique, special powers, but also learn how to work together toward a common goal. When the cryptic Berinfell Prophecies are revealed, the young lords find themselves drawn into unraveling the secrets of the mysterious Rainsong, which then leads them to seek out the legendary keystone. When the elves attack the Spider King in his fortress, it is anyone’s guess who will win.
Venom and Song is a wonderful book for intermediate readers (ages 9–12). Not only does it contain plenty of adventure, but it also is filled with themes of truthfulness, cooperation and forgiveness.
Here’s a bit about the authors:
Wayne Thomas Batson’s Rise of the Wyrm Lord is the winner of the 2009 Lamplighter Award. He is also the author of the bestselling The Door Within trilogy and Isle of Fire, a 2008 Moonbeam Award winner. A middle school reading teacher in Maryland for 17 years, Batson tailors his stories to meet the needs of the young people he cares so deeply about. Batson writes adventures set in imaginative locales because he believes that on a deep level, we all dream of doing something that matters and that we all long for another world. When last seen, Batson was tromping around Westfarthing with his beautiful wife and four adventurous children.
Christopher Hopper, whose other books include Rise of the Dibor and The Lion Vrie, has often been called a modern day renaissance man. Not only an author, Christopher is a recording artist with nine CDs to his name, a youth pastor, president of a Christian discipleship school, and a motivational speaker for schools across the U.S. and Europe. Christopher has dedicated his life to positively affecting the culture of his generation and longs to see young people inspired to live meaningful and productive lives.
I urge you to see what the other CSFF Bloggers have to say. You will find their links on the sidebar directly to the right.
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Date Published: July 13, 2010
Hardcover, 384 pages
Retail Price: $14.99
In conjunction with the CSFF Blog Tour, I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.