The Tree of Water (The Lost Journals of Ven Polypheme)

The epic voyages proceed in The Tree of Water, the fourth experience in bestselling writer Elizabeth Haydon's acclaimed fable sequence for younger readers, The misplaced Journals of Ven Polypheme.

As Royal Reporter of the land of Serendair, it's the accountability of younger Charles Magnus "Ven" Polypheme to shuttle the realm and hunt down magic hiding in simple sight. yet Ven must break out the clutches of the nefarious Thief Queen, ruler of the Gated urban, whose minions are looking for him. His pal, the merrow Amariel, has the best method to his limitation: Ven and Char will sign up for her to discover the realm underneath the sea.

As they trip during the sea, Ven unearths himself surrounded by way of wonders more than he can have ever imagined. however the fantastic thing about the sea is greater than matched via the hazards lurking inside of its depths, and Ven and his associates quickly discover that during order to save lots of hundreds of thousands of blameless lives, they might need to sacrifice their very own. For every thing within the ocean must eat…

"A pleasant epic myth that may allure a readership either older and more youthful than the objective audience." ―Booklist (starred overview) on The Floating Island

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We’d be lifeless with no you. ” “Well, you continue to will be, inspite of me,” acknowledged the sea-Lirin boy. “Get a few sleep. ” “What’s that for, do ya imagine? ” Char requested, pointing to a gap within the most sensible of the diving bell with a sealed conceal. “I imagine it’s for the air hoses,” Ven stated. “On a number of the ships my father builds there are diving bells, even though I’ve by no means rather checked out them rigorously ahead of. i feel they paintings much just like the airwheel within the Drowning Cave. The strain of the water outdoor retains the air inside of. ” “Good to know,” Char muttered, attempting to get cozy beside the merrow. “Just in case we discover air down right here at nighttime. ” “Go to sleep,” Coreon repeated. “You would possibly not get the opportunity back. ” Ven stared down under the slatted steel door of the diving bell on the black Deep into which they have been slowly sinking. A second later, while Char’s air stone was once again in his pocket, that blackness swallowed the interior of the diving bell. He was once now extra conscious of the descent, like a gradual falling to the ground of the realm. His brain didn't wish to consider it, so he permit sleep take him. His goals have been jam-packed with eyes that watched him from the darkish, glassy eyes belonging to creatures with terrifyingly huge the teeth that carried their very own gentle as a entice to unsuspecting sufferers eager for just a little of the solar. from time to time the diving bell may shudder, and in his sleep he knew deep-sea shark used to be ramming its physique opposed to it, attempting to jostle them unfastened from the protecting cage. His nightmares have been the entire extra scary simply because they have been truth. How lengthy he slept, he couldn't inform. He woke up to the sound of Coreon’s voice. It used to be cracking either low and high. “Uh, guys—I imagine you higher seriously look into this. ” 37 all of the method Down I opened my eyes, then closed them fast. an odd hazy gentle was once filling the interior of the diving bell, now not as piercing because it in most cases was once while one in all us took out our air stones, yet stinging still. From Char’s response, i'll see he was once shocked besides. I questioned why Coreon might danger eliminating certainly one of our air stones whereas we have been asleep. Then i spotted he hadn’t. the sunshine was once coming from lower than us. the place it gave the look of a part of the ocean was once boiling. under the slatted ground of the cage, it appeared as though a river of sunshine was once flowing into the black depths, besides clouds of billowing smoke. “What the heck is that? ” Char requested. as though in resolution, the diving bell unexpectedly stopped in its descent. “Oh boy,” acknowledged Coreon. “I imagine we’re the following. ” “Where? the place is ‘here’? ” Ven requested. “We’ve descended throughout the nighttime Realm, and the Abyss besides, I guess,” stated the sea-Lirin boy. “You’ve either been asleep for a long time. Lancel stated the diving bell might take us to the a long way fringe of the Abyss, so we has to be on the Ocean Basin, a whole 3 thousand fathoms down. The basin is the floor flooring of the ocean. the one position within the complete global deeper than this is often the Trenches. ” He shuddered visibly. “Sort of just like the creepy darkish root cellar within the basement of the Crossroads Inn,” Char instructed.

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