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“Where is Book 2?”
The Lost Amulets is the first book in the series of The Amulets of Panagaea. It centres around four children who were chosen to help the Littlefolk (dwarves) find their king and, subsequently, the three missing amulets that would save the land of Dapit-Adlaw. With the company of other mythical beings the young Kingseekers are at once immersed in an exciting and dangerous adventure as they try to solve riddles that would lead them to the amulets.
The book is divided into bite-size chapters which seamlessly weave the characters and adventures into the fabric of the story. The author’s skilful description, particularly of the mythical beings, makes it easy to imagine their appearance and their personalities. This is especially appreciated if you are not familiar with Philippine folklore, myths or legends – the source of Otherfolk and Darkfolk.
The story is fast-paced and easy to follow, with enough excitement to keep you interested and sufficient emotion to keep you engaged.
The ending? Of course it is a frustrating cliffhanger. However, while waiting for the next book of the series to be published you can contemplate on nature: Is that really just a flock of large birds flying overhead? Did that grassy mound you passed make you stop? Will the subtle perfume of flowers reveal a secret?
I would recommend this book to fans of fantasy novels, teenagers, or anyone who would like an easy escape to another dimension.
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I also love The Lost Amulets and look forward to more in the series. I work with a dyslexic ninth grader who loves mythology in audio books. So far, he’s become familiar with Greek, Roman and Egyptian myths and characters. Now, thanks to this book, I am able to introduce the folklore and myths of the Philippine culture. We work together for an hour and a half, and when he reaches his learning saturation point, he starts yawning. That’s my cue to change things up a bit by reading interesting literature to him. After the very first reading of Lost Amulets, he said, “That book kept me awake!” He has learned to visualize setting and characters as he listens. The author, Cyndi Lapena, is a master at showing, not telling the story in a way that allows one to enjoy it as though watching a thrilling, action packed movie. Her characters are quite charming and fun as shown though dialog and exciting adventures. My student and I look forward to reading Lost Amulets as a delightful change of pace in our tutoring sessions.