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The Sun Sword Trilogy: The Voyage of the Owl by Belinda Murrell

Title: The Sun Sword Trilogy: The Voyage of the Owl

A stormy purple cover with a ship being tossed about on the sea with a black circle with a silver and gold sword above gold and white text reading The Sun Sword Trilogy. A golden belt with an owl is below the text. White text at the bottom reads The Voyage of the Owl. White text at the top reads Belinda Murrell.

Author: Belinda Murrell

Genre: Fantasy

Publisher: Puffin

Published: 28th April 2020

Format: Paperback

Pages: 352

Price: $15.99

Synopsis: Magical and exciting, full of wonderful creatures, mysterious codes, and puzzles, and with four courageous young heroes and heroines, the second book in the SUN SWORD TRILOGY will delight all 8- to 12-year-olds.

Magical and exciting, full of wonderful creatures, mysterious codes and puzzles, and with four courageous young heroes and heroines, the second book in the SUN SWORD TRILOGY will delight all 8 to 12 year olds.

Ethan, Lily, Saxon and Roana have cracked the code, only to find that the Moon Pearl is being sent by ship to the land of the invaders. The four children must give chase to save the precious stone!

The fisherfolk can help. So can Saxon’s mysterious acquaintance, Fox, a smuggler who will do anything for a pouch full of Roana’s gold. But the sea is far more dangerous than the land. There are sea monsters and wild storms – not to mention the deadly warship they are chasing.

Will Fox’s stealthy black sloop, the Owl, carry them to safety, or will the Moon Pearl remain in the hands of their enemy?

~*~

Lily, Ethan, Saxon, and Roana’s journey continues as they venture back through Tira in search of the Moon Pearl and Star Diamonds, which are supposed to be at sea, according to the prophecy. But they must disguise themselves further and find new ways to travel to avoid the Sedah and dogged Sniffer, as they seek to save Prince Caspar and the other prisoners of General Lazlac, so they can foil his plans. But they must head onto the ship of a smuggler named Fox, and spend weeks searching for the lost gems before they can try to get home and solve the final piece of the puzzle. They’ve got a long road ahead, and they need to work out how to steer clear of those that are hunting them. Will our intrepid heroes succeed?

The second book in the Sun Sword Trilogy takes the reader and the characters on a sea journey to find the rest of the gems, where smugglers and Merrow people help Lily, Saxon, Roana, and Ethan – their allies in ensuring that the Sedah are kept as far from the gems as possible. At the same time, the story alternates between Queen Ashana and the other adult prisoners, Lord Mortimer, and the goings on back home, as they have to find ways to get along with their captors for the sake of the children. Combined, the two plot-lines help create a meaty story with several strands that will eventually come together in the third book I imagine, to pull everything together when the story comes to an end.

The tropes of the fantasy quest trilogy continue as the threat gains ground, though we get a small reprieve. The second book and its ending allows us to breathe a sigh of relief – which I felt was a good way to end it, when we realise and sense that there is more danger to come in the next book as well as the coming challenges that will be faced in putting together the final pieces of the puzzle and the sword so the Sedah and General Lazlac are defeated. There is a long way to go, but it will be worth it because the plot is intricate and clever, and I was swept in the action and adventure that is typical of Belinda Murrell’s wonderful books. I fell in love with the characters even more because they just got better and better throughout the second book, and I can see how the children are changing and growing across the trilogy.

I love this trilogy and am almost finished reading it – I should be done right in time for Belinda’s upcoming book, The Silver Sea in August. I love that Belinda has such a breadth in her writing, and I loved the codes and puzzles throughout. I found myself trying to solve them myself as I read the book, and I was engaged throughout the story, so fans of the trilogy will be too. I highly recommend reading these books in order to fully understand the story and get the most enjoyment out of it. Another great book by Belinda Murrell.

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