by Geoff Rodkey
325 pages of adventure and intrigue for middle and upper-grade readers
New Lands is the second book in the Chronicles of Egg. I have come to care about the characters of these books and to wonder how their society and culture evolved. Nothing is quite as it seems – Egg is running for his life. He has discovered the truth behind too many secrets and Roger Pembroke needs him silenced. Roger Pembroke wants to create his own empire. To do this he must sow the seeds of distrust, feign alliances where none exist and create a facade of charity to mask the cruelty of slavery. Roger Pembroke is willing to lie, cheat, maim and kill – he is even willing deceive and betray his own daughter.
Mystery and ancient tales surround these lands; there are rumors and misunderstood edicts. There are pirates and slavers and cannibalistic tribes. Each event weaves together until you know that what has been considered “good and helpful” is not, and yet you are not totally certain that the opposite is true. At the end of Deadweather and Sunrise, Egg was orphaned, friendless and alone trying to elude those who would find and murder him. At the end of New Lands, Egg is with his friends, Guts and Kira, his thought-dead brother, Adonis and his uncle, notorious pirate, Burn Healy. Certainly much has changed for Egg and yet he is still running for his life from Pembroke only this time he is running from him on a sinking ship that is being hunted down by Ripper Jones.
With Pembroke involved it is hard to tell who is friend and who is foe and that makes for an exciting adventure. When I finished the first in the series I wasn’t sure how I felt. I don’t like characters that are cruel because it makes them happy. I had a hard time reading through the meanness and thoughtless disregard. Obviously I was intrigued enough to give the second a try and I am glad I did. I am looking forward to discovering how the battles develop and how the Fist of Ka is eventually discovered – as I am sure it must be in some way or another. I like Egg and Guts. I wonder how Kira and Millicent will support them. What battles will develop. Usually good triumphs over evil – but will it in these books and do I know which is which? I don’t think so and that makes the reading interesting for sure. Discover more about the books here . I will be looking for the next books as soon as it’s available. I think you will too.