The First lot of Quentaris books was a series of shared-world, stand-alone novels for kids, all set in the magical city of Quentaris. They had some recurring characters, but for the most part each book focussed on a new set of main characters. The second series Quentaris: Quest of the Lost City is a little different. The city has been magically uprooted and is now flying through the uncharted rift-maze with the aide of giant sails.
And the novels are no longer quite so stand-alone, as they follow the adventures of the same set of characters, most notably -- Tab Vidler, the orphan who can enter the minds of animals; her best friends, Philmon and Amelia; Fontagu Wizroth III, actor and scoundrel; Torby, the young boy rescued from the prisons of the rival city, Tolrush; and Captain Verris. The Gimlet Eye takes things in a new direction, again.
The Archon, who has ruled the city since the first set of books, dies.
This signals a great change for the city of Quentaris, as the Archon's spoiled and power-hunger nephew Florian takes charge. He exiles or imprisons many of the people who had previously held key positions in the running of the city, and puts into play is own secret agenda. Under his rule, Quentaris seems set on a course of piracy James Roy has done exceptionally well at taking characters created by another author and making them his own.
This book really hits the mark in terms of characterisation and also delivers an intriguing fast-paced story. My only real reservation is that I found the conclusion a little too speedy and neat. But that certainly didn't stop me enjoying the book. The cover, by Les Peterson, is the best so far. One person found this helpful 2 people found this helpful.
The Gimlet Eye by James Roy
In this third instalment of the spin-off of the popular Quentaris shared-world series, a character from the original series is actually killed off, something that doesn't usually happen in shared universes. As it happens in the prologue, it's no secret. The Archon, ruler of Quentaris, is dying. His horrible nephew Florian is persuaded to finish him off rather than wait for his inevitable death. Florian's "friend" Janus as in the two-faced god? Janus, of course, has his own agenda.
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Meanwhile, the adult magicians have been banished to a very nasty part of the city well, they can't be exiled elsewhere, short of being thrown overboard, since Quentaris has been travelling from one vortex to another. The younger ones, such as Tab Vidler, former Dung Brigader and recently an apprentice magician, and her friend Amelia, have been spared the dungeons, but left to their own devices.
Tab is back to shovelling dung, though on a farm rather than the streets, while Amelia is working at a pub. Torby, the boy rescued in the first novel, The Spell of Undoing, is lying in hospital in a catatonic state. Nobody knows how this happened, except, of course, the reader. That conceited ac-tor, Fontagu Wizroth the Third, has been ordered to do a command performance of a play called The Gimlet Eye for the new Emperor's birthday, and he's thrilled.
Tab, Amelia and their friend, the former pirate Verris, can't persuade Fontagu that there's something fishy going on In my opinion, this one is the best so far in the new series. We learn more about the characters and their feelings.
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The adventure is fast, but straightforward enough for the young readers for whom this is an introduction to fantasy. At the same time, there's a murder in the first chapter; there's no tiptoeing around the issue. What happens to the adult magicians is also scary. But there's still plenty of humour, maybe more than there's been since the end of the original series - and in the end, Fontagu is shown in a more positive light than before.
The only thing is, while you can probably get something out of this book without having read the others, you really do need to have read them to understand properly what's going on. The series is no longer a lot of related but individual titles. There is still, however, a policy of using some of Australia's top children's writers to keep the quality up.
Recommended for children from mid-primary to early secondary school.
One person found this helpful. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. With the Archon lifeless, darkish forces have come into play. New faces are showing, wide-spread ones vanishing, and the horrid Florian has claimed the throne.
Then, as Quentaris slips quietly via a vortex into the watery global of the Yarka, Tab Vidler and her pals without warning discover they're the city's in basic terms desire. Plots, intrigue, magic, secret, excessive event and extra - every thing that you've got come to count on from the Quentaris sequence!
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