By Elizabeth Haydon
The Thief Queen's Daughter, the second one quantity in Elizabeth Haydon's critically-acclaimed The misplaced Journals of Ven Polypheme sequence for heart grade readers, is now to be had with a gorgeous new cover.
On his first day at the activity as Royal Reporter of the land of Serendair, Charles Magnus Ven Polypheme―known as Ven―is despatched via King Vandemere on a mystery project in the partitions of the Gated urban. The king warns Ven to take care―because when you input the Gated urban, you may by no means be allowed to depart. The Gated urban is governed via the robust Raven's Guild, and the guild is governed by means of the Queen of Thieves.
Ven and his neighbors input the Gated urban prepared for event. but if one buddy is abducted and it really is printed that they're touring within the corporation of the runaway daughter of the Queen of Thieves herself, their experience turns lethal. For the ruthless Thief Queen will cease at not anything to get her daughter back…
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Horsefeathers. Nonsense. ” “Is it simply superstition, Mrs. Snodgrass? ” Ven requested. “It sounds a bit far-fetched. ” “Well, possibly it truly is at that, younger sir. possibly it's only delusion and legend,” Mrs. Snodgrass replied darkly. “But do you need to take the opportunity? ” Otis snorted in disgust. “Been touring that highway for 50 years, boy. go the bridge day-by-day. by no means visible any trolls. ” Mrs. Snodgrass raised an eyebrow. “Pfft! That’s most likely simply because they obvious you first,” she stated. “Even the fiercest, ugliest, nastiest troll will be nervous off by way of that mug o’ yours. Now come again to paintings. ” “Hmmph,” acknowledged the barkeeper. He lower back to washing the glasses. Mrs. Snodgrass waved the cookies back. “Well? do you need ’em or no longer? ” Ven took the waxed parchment programs. “They definitely can’t hurt,” he stated. “Thank you, Mrs. Snodgrass. ” “One package deal for every time you go. Don’t get hungry and devour them at the long ago. ” “I won’t,” Ven stated. I’m already ravenous, he concept miserably. Mrs. Snodgrass took carry of his chin and became his face back and forth, reading it. * * * precisely the method my mom used to. * * * She ran a finger over the only whisker on his chin, regarded in the back of his ears, then nodded as though chuffed. Ven became purple with embarrassment. That whisker was once the 1st signal that his beard had ultimately arrived. however the indisputable fact that it was once by myself on his face basically served as a reminder that he was once a ways in the back of the place different boys his age will be. It used to be nearly remarkable one of the Nain to not have a whole beard by the point a lad became fifty. “All correct then, off you go,” she stated, liberating his face. “Mind your manners with the king. ” “Yes, ma’am. ” Ven grew to become to Char, whose eyes have been as around as saucers. “I’ll inform you all approximately it whilst i am getting again. After i am getting my chores performed, that's. ” “Be cautious, mate,” Char recommended. “I will,” Ven promised. “See you later. ” He moved quickly out of the lodge the place the carriage was once ready, a footman protecting the door open. He climbed inside of, set the cookies down at the seat, and sat down himself because the footman closed the door. * * * The final time I were installed a trainer and brought to the palace i used to be below arrest. That trainer used to be not anything like this carriage. The partitions inside of this one have been painted with a silvery coating that made it very vibrant within. furthermore, subsequent to the door on either side have been lanterns, unlit since it was once sunlight nonetheless. The seats have been padded with thick blue cushions and the ground with a twisted rope rug. I felt slightly like a king myself. * * * “Yah! ” the coachman shouted. The carriage shuddered, and commenced to roll ahead. Ven sat again opposed to the cushioned seats and watched out the window because the resort grew smaller and the golf green fields throughout grew wider. He endured to monitor the surroundings because the solar rose greater within the sky, burning off the final of the dew. The royal carriage rumbled previous different tourists, humans in carts and on horseback, who all moved out of how because the group of 8 horses clattered down the line. eventually, after what looked like perpetually to Ven, they got here to the nice River.