Reviews for Drowned Vault

Booklist Reviews 2012 September #2
Cyrus and Antigone Smith have a lot of problems. Their mother is still unresponsive in the hospital. The Ordo Draconis was stopped the last time out by their ancestor, Captain John Smith, but the cabal seems intent on rising to power again. The siblings should be training to become explorers, but there isn't enough time. The leadership of the Order of Brendan is changing, and the transmortals--like Gilgamesh of Uruk--want revenge on Cyrus because he inadvertently put the Tooth of the Dragon into the hands of Dr. Phoenix. It's no wonder the Smiths are on the run with the other Polygoners. They must fight their way through physical and emotional torture as they seek to release Captain Smith and stop Phoenix. Beginning where The Dragon's Tooth (2011) left off, Wilson's second installment is fast-paced and creatively plotted. New characters, such as Arache and her spiders and a mysterious red-winged blackbird, add complexity in relationships and prevent the story line from feeling contrived. In exploring the idea of what it means to be truly alive, this novel will move wide audiences. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2013 Spring
In this fast-paced sequel to [cf2]The Dragon's Tooth[cf1], siblings Cyrus and Antigone want to become Explorers in the Order of Brendan, but treaties between the Order and transmortals collapse. Well-grounded prose and complex, quirky characters give heft to a story predicated on the mythic heroism of explorers like Smith, Livingstone, and Boone.

Library Media Connection Reviews 2013 January/February
This title, the second book in the Ashtown Burials series, picks up the story of explorer siblings Cyrus and Antigone Smith. Readers do not need to read the first book, The Dragon's Tooth (Random House, 2011), as they will easily figure out that Cy and Tigs lost the tooth to the evil Phoenix. The Transmortals now hold a grudge against the pair. Led by the warrior Gilgamesh, Cy and Tigs embark on a desperate search to find Phoenix and regain the tooth. The story ends with a cliffhanger, so readers will be asking for the third installment. The action is exciting, and the characters are interesting. There is nothing really fresh or exemplary in the writing, and some unnecessary "head-hopping" may confuse readers with multiple point-of-view changes. Fans of adventure and fantasy will want to read the whole series to unlock the secrets of the Smiths. Sandi Jones, NBCT Library Media Specialist, Grades 7-12, Augusta (Arkansas) High School [Editor's Note: Available in e-book format.] RECOMME DED Copyright 2012 Linworth Publishing, Inc.

School Library Journal Reviews 2012 October

Gr 6-10--This action-packed sequel to The Dragon's Tooth (Random, 2011) promises-and delivers-as much magic, mystery, and mythology as its predecessor. Thanks to Cyrus and Antigone Smith, Dr. Phoenix now possesses the Dragon's Tooth-and he's been using it to hunt and kill immortals worldwide. Phoenix has a dark agenda, but an evil alliance of immortals, Ordo Draconis, also seeks the tooth's power. Worse, the Ordos have a centuries-old vendetta against the Smith family. Circumstances within the Order of Brendan are already shaky when fearful immortals, led by Gilgamesh of Uruk, storm Ashtown, demanding Smith blood. The siblings narrowly escape. To help retrieve the tooth, they recruit the infamous immortal, Captain John Smith. Cyrus has a plan, but will it work? Characters are well drawn, and the story's many interwoven plotlines, although complex, are easy to follow. This absorbing guy-friendly adventure will appeal to fans of Michael Scott and Rick Riordan.--Alissa J. Bach, Oxford Public Library, MI

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