In the third part of the best-selling Percy Jackson trilogy, The Titan’s Curse, the demigods rush to the rescue to find that Grover has made an important discovery: two powerful half-blood siblings whose parentage is unknown. But that’s not all that awaits them. The titan lord Kronos has devised his most treacherous plot yet, and the young heroes have fallen prey. They’re not the only ones in danger. An ancient monster has arisen—to be so powerful it could destroy Olympus—and Artemis, the only goddess who might know how to track it, is missing. Percy and his friends, along with the Hunters of Artemis, have a week to find the kidnapped goddess. Along the way, they face their most dangerous challenge yet: the prophecy of the Titan’s curse.
Percy Jackson and the Titan’s Curse: By Rick Riordan, Penguin, 293 pages, Rs287.
When Silas Heap (from Angie Sage’s Septimus Heap series) unseals a forgotten room in the palace, he releases the ghost of a queen who lived 500 years ago. Queen Etheldredda is as awful in death as she was while alive. Her diabolical plan to give herself everlasting life requires Jenna’s compliance, Septimus’ disappearance, and the talents of her son, Marcellus Pye, a famous alchemist and physician. And if Queen Etheldredda’s plot involves Jenna and Septimus, then dark adventure awaits. Packing in her trademark action and wit, Angie Sage will keep the interest of her fans alive with this book.
Physik: By Angie Sage, Penguin, 544 pages, Rs395.
A wit-and-wisdom quotation book partly drawn from Lemony Snicket’s famous A Series of Unfortunate Events, this book has 13 chapters, each with a certain theme. The book is prefaced with an introduction that outlines these themes. Horseradish Bitter Truths You Can’t Avoid begins with the story of a man and a woman who live in a small grass hut in a village surrounded by a horseradish field. They generally live a routine life, spending most of their time hunting to prepare raisin-stuffed snails for their meals. One night, the woman asks her husband if there is more to life than doing the same thing for years. Her husband’s reply takes her on a long quest, after which she has to confront an alarming truth. Most of Snicket’s stories are heartfelt and a great companion when you’re feeling low.
Horseradish Bitter Truths You Can’t Avoid: By Lemony Snicket, HarperCollins, 168 pages, Rs335.
As anticipation of the final book intensifies, the experts atmugglenet.com, the website passionately devoted to Harry Potter, present many hard facts and bold predictions about the final outcome of J.K. Rowling’s best-seller.
The topics What will Happen in Harry Potter 7 explores are Dumbledore (is he really dead?), life debts (how is the life debt that Wormtail owes to Harry going to come into play?), the identity of R.A.B. (that R.A.B is none other than Regulus Black, Sirius’s younger brother) and much more. There is even a section that discusses each character in relation to his or her odds of living or dying in Book 7. All of it is researched speculation, you just have to let your imagination go wild.
What Will Happen in Harry Potter 7: By Ben Schoen and Emerson Spartz, Ulysses Press, 214 pages, Rs495.
Horror and gore
Twelve-year-old Stephanie Edgley inherits her uncle Gordon’s estate and is attacked on her first solo visit to the property. A mysterious skeleton-detective, Skulduggery Pleasant, comes to her rescue, explaining that he thinks Gordon was murdered and that she may be next. The two join forces and set off to solve the crime in a series of magical adventures that take them into a world filled with ancient evil creatures.The story of Skulduggery Pleasant has numerous plot twists, and although her actions are perhaps better suited to an older girl, Stephanie is a well-developed character. The violence may disturb very young readers, but it’s a must-read for hardcore horror/fantasy fans.
Skulduggery Pleasant: By Derek Landy, HarperCollins, 367 pages, Rs295.
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