The Tree of Water (The Lost Journals of Ven Polypheme)
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The epic voyages continue in The Tree of Water, the fourth adventure in bestselling author Elizabeth Haydon's acclaimed fantasy series for young readers, The Lost Journals of Ven Polypheme.
As Royal Reporter of the land of Serendair, it is the duty of young Charles Magnus "Ven" Polypheme to travel the world and seek out magic hiding in plain sight. But Ven needs to escape the clutches of the nefarious Thief Queen, ruler of the Gated City, whose minions are hunting for him. His friend, the merrow Amariel, has the perfect solution to his dilemma: Ven and Char will join her to explore the world beneath the sea.
As they journey through the sea, Ven finds himself surrounded by wonders greater than he could have ever imagined. But the beauty of the ocean is more than matched by the dangers lurking within its depths, and Ven and his friends soon realize that in order to save thousands of innocent lives, they may have to sacrifice their own. For everything in the ocean needs to eat…
"A delightful epic fantasy that will attract a readership both older and younger than the target audience." ―Booklist (starred review) on The Floating Island
of the sea—and not all of them are predators. We had best move along. The plankton are storming nearby, and there are a lot of krill not far from here. That means just about anybody could be around. That’s why merrows are supposed to be very careful about singing, especially under the water. We only do it if it’s an emergency. You seem to be good at making emergencies, Ven. Now everyone has forgotten the dragon in the sunwater—but we’ve just potentially made our journey to the Summer Festival a
words came out sounding like he had the hiccups. “But that was hundreds, maybe even thousands of years ago.” The Cormorant blinked. Then he looked at the other Lirin-mer, who looked at each other and shook their heads. “Years?” The merrow cleared her throat. “Er—storm seasons. There are four storm in a year.” She looked at Ven. “Those that live beneath the sea don’t count time in human years, Ven. I only know what you are talking about because merrows can breathe both on land and under water,
Go! Go!” The boys continued cheering even as the pathetic pack of merrows and sea horses came around the home turn. Amariel still had not made it halfway around the track as the red hippocampus streaked across the finish line, followed by the rest. The winning rider did a flip in the sea, letting loose a stream of bubbles from his backside as he did. The crowd broke into cheers and hooting laughter. “Aw, man.” Char put his hands on his head. Ven said nothing. He was watching Amariel. The
when the morning comes we will know which way to go to get back to the coral reef. I’m assuming you are ready to go home now, and not pursue any more sea dragons or mythical trees, yes?” “Absolutely,” Ven said, struggling to keep the kelp he’d had for lunch down. “Char, you may blame Teel, but this is all my fault. You told me from the beginning this was a bad idea, and you were right.” “Hooey,” Char said. “If we hadn’t o’ come with her, she woulda been here anyway. She made it pretty clear
haunt the depths, looking for any food they can find, along with the hagfish, the fangtooth, gulper eels and giant tube worms, hatchetfish, six-gilled sharks, lantern fish, and sea vipers. Many of these creatures carry the only light in that realm of endless blackness, so beware of them.” Ven could only nod. He was trembling, and he could feel both Char and Coreon trembling beside him as well, either from cold or fear. “And going down to the Midnight Realm is only the first step,” the dragon