Sure, the glass castle floating over Evan’s head makes him uneasy, but that’s the least of his worries. With each step inside the Dungeon of Dreadful Dreams, he must battle against his worst nightmares. One after the other, wispy smoke-filled bull sharks come at him — he must remember they’re only illusions pulled from his imagination by those dreaded shadowlike hands. If only the vengeful dragon circling above was also an illusion and didn’t have his mind set on destroying the one person who can control him: Emrys.
Inside the castle’s glass tower, Emrys sleeps in an eternal slumber, and Evan’s uncertain whether he can save the great wizard. Especially now that Emrys’ former student, the Lady of the Lake, has joined forces with the cunning immortal Alamaz. Together they have already stolen the Dragon’s Egg, but their greed doesn’t end there. The Siren’s Pearl calls to them, and that means only one thing … Atlantis is in trouble.
Join Evan, Claire, and Dunkle — along with a few other unlikely heroes — as they travel across the realm of Medieval Legends, float through the Ancient Isle of Avalon, plunge inside the Dungeon of Dreadful Dreams, and be there when Atlantis rises once again.
Evan and Claire Jones are typical teenagers, forced to go with their parents to yet another boring museum … that is, until something extraordinary happens to make their day a little more than interesting. After following a strange little creature into a closed exhibit, Evan and his older sister, Claire, discover the Serpent’s Ring, one of the magical relics formed from the shattered Mysticus Orb. Purely by accident, they have awakened its powers and opened a portal to Sagaas, land of ancient gods.
Before the siblings can comprehend what has happened, the Serpent’s Ring is wrenched from Evan’s hand by an enormous fish and flown back to Aegir, the Norse god of the sea. Evan and Claire, accompanied by a band of unlikely heroes, must retrieve the Serpent’s Ring before Aegir uses its immense powers to flood all the lands on Earth.
Life has returned to normal for fourteen-year-old Evan and his older sister, Claire. That is until Dunkle, a clever but stinky little imp, pays an unexpected visit to their school. He has come to take the siblings back to Sagaas, the mythical realm of the gods. Once again, a Relic from the ancient Mysticus Orb has fallen into the wrong hands. Only Evan and Claire, with their unique mystical abilities, can help find it.Through the power of the Trickster’s Totem, a coyote trickster has escaped. His laughter echoes throughout the realm, as he spreads mischief and mayhem. He burns an entire crop of popcorn, carves his grinning image into sacred artifacts, and things really get interesting when he shape-shifts into Evan’s friends.
Claire and Evan must capture the Trickster, retrieve the Totem, and be careful not to become sidetracked by robotic Steampunk animals, “sweet” pixie-like Pains, and a problematic mermaid … all while dodging Mothman-like aces. Most surprising, Evan discovers the true reason dragons exist in the Native American Spirit World.
I had the honor of asking H.B Bolton a few really fun questions…
1. What is one thing you always wanted as a kid but never got?
I wanted to have my very own Barbie swimming pool so badly that my heart ached. I finally did receive a Beach Barbie, but it was a total tease because she didn’t come with a pool.
2. If you could bring someone famous back from the grave, who would you choose?
It is my strong belief that Walt Disney died far too young. Imagine how much more he could have accomplished if he hadn’t left the world at only age 65.
3. What is your favorite snack food?
Almonds — I nibble on them all day long.
4. If you could project yourself into the past, were would you go?
Since my research for The Dragon’s Egg consisted mainly of medieval legends — Camelot, Knights of the Round Table, Merlin, Avalon, and such — I’d like to travel back in time to see if there’s any truth to the stories.
5. What is one thing you refuse to share?
For some reason, my kiddos enjoy drinking from my water bottle. I don’t understand why, since they have their own. Sometimes I squeeze lemon in my water, mostly because it’s healthy and tasty, however I must admit to it being a kid-sipping deterrent as well.
6. If you could buy one object to complete your home, what would it be?
A robot housekeeper — sounds too futuristic? Maybe … but I’m still hoping.
7. Aside from lettuce, what are your two favorite salad ingredients?
Tomato and avocado
8. What profession have you always admired?
Teachers — where would we be without them?
9. What is one guilty pleasure you enjoy too much to give up?
I couldn’t give up my favorite chocolaty goodies.
10. Which animal/insect scares you most? Why?
The movie Jaws has plagued my nightmares since childhood. This was a difficult reality for me being that I was raised on a peninsula and frequented the beach. For years, I convinced myself that great white sharks mostly inhabited along the California, South Africa and Australia coasts, but now I know better. Thanks to OCEARCH, I’m able to track where tagged great whites migrate. Guess what? They’re swimming along the Florida coastline. And yes, I realize my fear is complete nonsense and that I have a better chance of being struck by lightning than eaten by a shark. But when I look into their coal-black eyes and gaze upon their sawlike teeth, I have to catch my breath.
About the Author:
characters, fantastical creatures and extraordinary powers—simply by picking up a book. As a mother and a teacher, she was compelled to create imaginary worlds of her own in order to share them, not just with her children, but with all children. H.B. Bolton lives in Florida with her supportive husband and two highly spirited children. Shh, can you keep a secret? Not only does she write books for the young-at-heart, adventurous sort who yearn to dive into a good young-adult fantasy story, she also writes spellbinding, heart pounding women’s fiction. These particular books are written under the name Barbara Brooke, but that’s another story, altogether.