Fourth in the Legend of Rhyme series which is a young
adult fantasy tale with plenty happening, SECOND TWIN takes
up the story. Jaime Lee Mann has tended to end her books on
a cliffhanger, which I personally dislike because I prefer
to wrap up a story at the end of a book. However, those who
have been following all the eventful saga so far will be
pleased to pick up the next chapter.
Teagan, a modern girl flung into the fantasy land, whom we
met in TEAGAN OF TOMORROW is exploring Coraira, the world
of an unpleasant sorcerer which we saw in INTO CORAIRA.
Twins have been a theme of this series ever since the first
book ELORA OF STONE in which we learned that one child of
each set of twins born will be stolen away by goblins.
Teagan is lured underwater by a mermaid, who decides to
send a message back in time to the twins Ariana and Asher
who were children in the first book. Enjoying the undersea
realm and creatures, Teagan is happy to assist. But will
the message help save her world from pollution?
At times the fantasy has become quite dark, with battles,
and in this book we also get demons. Well, those are never
up to anything good. To balance the dark magic we get
unicorns, good to have on your side.
With three different worlds, two time periods and a cast of
characters who largely occupy their own sections and don't
interact, this is not a good book for someone who hasn't
read the story so far, or who is a young reader. While the
author has planned out what will happen as the
different strands play out and entangle, the rest of us
would probably rather follow the main characters like
Teagan than keep jumping away to pixies or toads in other
worlds. And the tale ends on another cliff-hanger. So all
in all this fantasy feels more like a chapter in a serial
than like a complete book.
SECOND TWIN has another gorgeous woodland scene on the
cover and may be popular with those who care for nature and
want to right some wrongs done to the environment. Jaime
Lee Mann has shared her vivid imagination with us and the
next installment will be called 'Blood And Stars'.
Grimblerod has led twins Asher and Ariana Caine back to
ancient Rhyme, a time when Calla and Elora were the same age
the twins are now. Though the Kingdom of Falmoor is rich
with magic, the twins are unable to use their powers. They
don’t know whom to trust, where to turn, or how to avoid
doing something in the past that may alter the future forever.
Meanwhile, young Teagan Rogers must decide if she is ready
to leave behind everything and everyone she knows to follow
her mysterious destiny beneath the waves.
Will Teagan choose to become a mermaid?
Will Asher and Ariana get home before changing the course of
And can enemies truly become friends?