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The Trickster's Totem (Relics of Mysticus Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

H.B. Bolton

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Life has returned to normal for fourteen-year-old Evan and his older sister, Claire. That is until Dunkle, a clever but stinky little imp, pays an unexpected visit to their school. He has come to take the siblings back to Sagaas, the mythical realm of the gods. Once again, a Relic from the ancient Mysticus Orb has fallen into the wrong hands. Only Evan and Claire, with their unique mystical abilities, can help find it.
Through the power of the Trickster’s Totem, a coyote trickster has escaped. His laughter echoes throughout the realm, as he spreads mischief and mayhem. He burns an entire crop of popcorn, carves his grinning image into sacred artifacts, and things really get interesting when he shape-shifts into Evan’s friends.
Claire and Evan must capture the Trickster, retrieve the Totem, and be careful not to become sidetracked by robotic Steampunk animals, “sweet” pixie-like Pains, and a problematic mermaid … all while dodging Mothman-like aces. Most surprising, Evan discovers the true reason dragons exist in the Native American Spirit World.
Silver medal winner in 2013 Global Ebook Awards
Semifinalist in the Kindle Book Review Best Indie Author 2013
For readers of middle grade fantasy stories.

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A magical part of H.B. Bolton’s childhood was being swept into worlds of enchanting characters, fantastical creatures and extraordinary powers—simply by picking up a book. As a mother and a teacher, she was compelled to create imaginary worlds of her own in order to share them, not just with her children, but with all children. H.B. Bolton lives in Florida with her supportive husband and two highly spirited children. Shh, can you keep a secret? Not only does she write books for the young-at-heart, adventurous sort who yearn to dive into a good young-adult fantasy story, she also writes spellbinding, heart pounding women's fiction. These particular books are written under the name Barbara Brooke, but that's another story, altogether.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another adventure, another mythology. Great Series! 6 Jun 2013
By Heather - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Though this novel could probably be read without having read THE SERPENT'S RING, it would still be better if you read it first to find out how Evan and Claire meet Dunkle the imp, learn about The Serpent's Ring, come into their powers and learn about the fantasy world of Sagaas. Sagaas is like the gateway to all the mythical realms, think of every mythology you can and the pathway to it is there. Which makes this series really interesting because each book tackles a different mythology. This book, THE TRICKSTER'S TOTEM, invovles Native American mythology. I think it's a fabulous way to incorporate so many different worlds and I wonder if they will ever all collide or overlap. I'd love to see that and was actually expecting that in this one when the mermaid that "almost drowns" Evan says mermaids can travel through different worlds. (Evan's in love with a mermaid from the first novel).

Evan- is this novel is a bit whiny, impetuous, but I think all in all, he gets a bad rap. Every time he goes off on his own or does something against what his big sister told him to do, it's been for the greater good. I have to say, when you're in a fantasy world and you're animal totem is a ******(no spoilers) and you can fly and have telekenisis and some new abilities, all bets are off as to who's orders you have to follow. I think Big Sister does not trump Little Brother in this situation. And then, to humiliate him, and she uses those exact words, by making a daisy chain anklet for him to wear so he doesn't go off on his own it's just a real injustice. Then there are his prophetic dreams. If he didn't wander off, he wouldn't know what they need to know to complete their quest.

Claire- Claire is so boy crazy in this one, I didn't like her. She was deferring to Chayton always which wasn't really like her character from last time. And then she really hated the mermaid , Amadahy without any reason that I could see. I thought she treated Evan like crap and didn't add a lot of insight or intelligence to the story. And she was hard on her brother instead of trying to understand him. Her animal totem was very easy to deal with whereas her brother's was something very dangerous, utterly unique and terrifying and very powerful.

The World- I love this world as much as I loved the one in the Serpent's Ring. Most of it is woodsy. They enter the world through a tepee. Totems play a large part in this world. Most everything takes place in the woods except for the odd exception of a Victorian Steampunk underground village created by a colony of Big Foot like animals/people called C'iatqo. Pixie like fairies called "Pains" treat them to a tea party where they drink tea and flower petals that taste like sugar. It's incredibly creative, even the creature they are trying to catch Mica can be found on a map that Chayton draws in the air and it shows his location with colored lights and smoke.

The Story- It's a quest. Just as Evan is bored out of his mind with every day life back home, Dunkle appears in his English class with a request for his help. An urgent request. And so the adventure begins.
There are ups and downs, Evan experiencing most of the lows or being blamed for them. But what is a quest if all goes smoothly. Evan learns a lot about himself, listening to others and the importance of teamwork. I'm not sure that Claire learns much. She just didn't grow as a character in this story. It was definitely Evan's story this time. But wow, it was very imaginative with lots of creative imagery and plot twists and turns. An adult reader might find it easy to pick out some of the plot twists, but I think a tweener or middle grade reader would be pleasantly surprised.

I really enjoyed this second installment from H.B. Bolton and can't wait for the next book in the series. She has a unique way of interpreting mythology and combining them and I enjoy that. How many books do you read with Native Amercan mythology, dragons, mermaids and imps in the same story? Not many I bet. Very clean read, great for middle grade and younger young adult readers.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great summer read 2 July 2013
By Melissa D. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is a fun, fast-paced middle grade story. Although the book is a sequel to THE SERPENT'S RING, readers can easily jump into this new adventure without having to read the books in order (although, why wouldn't you want to?). Evan and his sister, Claire, are feisty young teens whose relationship reminds me quite a bit of the one I have with my own brothers. They fight like siblings will, but when times get tough, they're there for each other.

The story starts off with a bang when Dunkle, an imp who smells of stinky cheese, shows up at Evan and Claire's high school and whisks them away on another adventure in Sagaas. Along the way, they meet several new friends and discover some things about themselves--and their powers. With a solid plot and some exciting fight scenes, THE TRICKSTER'S TOTEM will keep readers engaged until the very end.

I was also very impressed with the information that H.B. Bolton presented on Native American spirits, and what I learned made me want to know more. (Who knows, maybe one day I'll write a story that includes Native American spirits too.) The research she did gives the story depth and an element of reality, and I hope that readers find themselves as fascinated with the spirit world as I was. Overall, this was a great summer read, and kids of all ages will enjoy following Evan and Claire on their adventures.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Fun Middle-Grade Adventure! 27 May 2013
By Seirra Poirier - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
A review copy was provided for an honest review. The Trickster's Totem has a way of sucking you into its world of fantasy. Evan and Claire have a unspoken responsibility of protecting the relics of Mysticus as well as retrieving them when they are stolen. Their powers and bond are put to the test when they have to track down the Totem from which Mica the Coyote Trickster has escaped. Like the first book The Serpent's Ring, this one is intriguing right off the bat and works its way up to the action and when it delivers it's relentless. The creativity and vivid imagination comes through and compels you to read on. While I was fascinated with the Native American mythology it didn't hold a candle to the Norse myth story in The Serpent's Ring. The Trickster's Totem is riddled with fun surprises, and new creatures that will have you excited. Evan's character seemed to regress in maturity which was a bit of a let done from the progress he made before. Fortunately by the end of this book he felt more like himself and less like a spoiled brat. I found myself liking Claire more since she decided to keep on task and not go all eye-batting girly girl. She still had her moments but she redeemed herself. I like the series so far and I'm especially looking forward to The Dragon's Egg--Arthurian legend is my favorite!

Evan and Claire Jones are back to their old boring lives with only memories of their previous mythical adventure from Asgard--until another relic is stolen. Together they are forced back into Sagaas to journey to the Native American Spirit World to capture the Coyote Trickster. But to do this they must also get the Totem back and return it to its rightful place. Along the way Evan and Claire are tested when they are fooled by the elusive Trickster. He wreaks havoc across the realm further making matters worse and his capture near impossible. With the help of some old and new friends they set out on a perilous odyssey to make things right again in Sagaas.

Jumping into the enchanted world that H.B. Bolton created again has been a fun experience - young readers will enjoy the adventure of it. It's written slightly better than the first, I still felt like their were some strange inconsistencies lurking. The descriptions of everything are wonderful and I felt immersed and a part of the magical world. The Native American history was neat and opposite of what I'd been expecting since it's totally different lore from the last but it worked. The characters still have a ways to go but they've grown on me. The Relics of Mysticus series is genuinely amusing and young adults and middle-grade readers will find delight in the story of these daring siblings.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Just as enchanting, new mythology! 21 Jun 2014
By A_TiffyFit - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I had the opportunity to read all three books in the Relics of Mysticus series by H.B. Bolton. This is a fun, adventure series targeted towards middle school aged children, but, with an adventure and quest like the one they embark upon and the fantasy of what they are learning, should appeal to all ages. If you enjoyed the subtle learning and fun adventure of the kids in Fablehaven by Brandon Mull, you will love this series! It takes you from mythology to mythology with a pair of siblings who will make you smile as you witness their interactions and maturation.

THE TRICKSTER'S TOTEM:
And we're back to Claire & Evan! Just as things are calming down in their lives, Dunkle makes an appearance at their school. Dun dun dun! This time, the mythology is Native American as a coyote trickster has escaped! The trickster, Mica, is hilarious, but it took me a while to warm up to Claire & Evan again. Evan seems to have regressed in his maturity level and was a tad annoying with his "I'm better than everyone!" attitude and Claire is just too boy crazy. While Claire easily accepts information coming her way instead of fighting/arguing against it like many other female protagonists would do, she also defers a lot to Chayton instead of taking charge. These quest stories are fantastic as they take these two through another adventure where they learn and grow and mature to likable characters once more. I like that they have this unspoken responsibility for the Mysticus items, to be guardians and to search for them when they go missing. I enjoy the interactions between Claire & Evan and find it to be realistic for siblings. This was another wonderful book in the series and, since I have book three on hand, I am ready to jump into THE DRAGON'S EGG!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars sent on a wild goose chase by the Trickster! 16 Jun 2014
By Charlie Anderson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
This book is a middle grades book, and recommended for those who enjoyed the Percy Jackson series.

This novel takes Evan and Claire into another area of Sagaas, and one which I can connect to due to my heritage and more-than-average interest in: the Spirit World. In this territory of Sagaas, Evan and Claire meet a tribe, and the chief’s son, Chayton, ends up aiding them in their new journey. It seems that someone has released Mica, the Trickster, to wreak havoc on the land. Mica goes beyond his usual tricks, and is now destroying things and hurting people.

Mica is after the Trickster Totem, and ends up either running away from Evan’s band or stalking them unknowingly. The tricky thing about Mica is that he can shapeshift, and he uses that to his advantage and tricks Evan’s group.

In the first book, Claire and Evan learned they both had a special power (made stronger when in Sagaas), but in this book they discover they both have their own totem animals…and can transform into them. Evan’s was easy for me to figure out, but I had no idea what Claire’s totem would be. This is an element of Native American culture, and in the beginning, Chayton’s tribe members relay that Evan would discover his totem through his journey.

Mica leads the Band of Unlikely Heroes, which includes Evan, Claire, Dunkle, Chayton, the Trickster Totem protector and dragon Kehl, and the mermaid Amadahy, through all manner of danger and obstacles throughout the land. Evan keeps running off on side missions (always with one other band member), so the group decides to shackle him to somebody with a titanium band, forcing him to stay with the group.

They end up stuck with the Pains, small fairies, who wish to keep them captive. Later, they do get captured, sentenced and imprisoned by the C’iatqos, a group of robotic animals that force workers to mine cochinay, a powerful but dangerous substance. I did not foresee a good outcome of that situation, but in the end, the C’iatqos come to Evan’s aid.

Evan and the group feel betrayed when they confront a member because of one of Evan’s dreams. The very person who released the Trickster was walking among them the entire time! Later it is revealed that a mysterious man appeared in the dreams of three people: Evan, the Trickster, and the traitor (who is later redeemed and pardoned by the group), but Evan discovers who the man is at the last possible moment, and the Trickster reveals that all of their journey throughout the Spirit World was a cover up for the mysterious man: a powerful, greedy and traitorous immortal, who has somehow managed to be set free from his imprisonment due to his hand in the Avarice War.

I adored this book! I can’t say why exactly, because I can’t quite place my finger on it, but I know that the Native American aspect added to my enjoyment and ability to connect with this book. Chayton, Claire and later Evan all have the ability to transform into their totem animals. Plus, there are dragons!

In this book, there is some downtime during different aspects of their journey to recapture Mica and the Trickster’s Totem, but in those times I saw character development in Evan, Claire and Dunkle. The new members of the band I felt were slightly restricted, and through Evan and Claire’s reactions to the newbies, I felt one was immediately trusted and one was immediately held in slight suspicion (and the third was just forced upon them), and I felt that their reactions to these characters influenced my reactions and interpretations of these characters, even though as readers we knew nothing about them.

I felt the world building in this novel took a backseat to the adventure, whereas in the first book I think there was an even mixture of both. However, this was a fast-paced novel, and I feel there will be much more that comes to light in the next book, as there were some interesting tidbits that came to light at the end of this book.

However, H.B. Bolton, I had my eye on you! From the very beginning of this book, or I should say upon entering the Spirit World and all of the following events that transpire, I could not help but notice that Mica was either one step ahead or one step behind Evan and his group…and I got the distinct feeling that it was in some way a wild goose chase. In the end, Mica reveals just that, and what his wild goose chase was covering up…which is the premise of the third book, and I know without a doubt that this third book is going to be a level above the first two books, which are each extraordinary in their own realms of Sagaas.

Also in this novel, Bolton includes a listing of important characters and terms at the back of the novel (at least for ebook format), and many of the names or terms are a Native American translation, such as Chayton in Sioux means “falcon” and cochinay in Apache means “yellow thunder.” To top off her reference guide, Bolton has included a listing of totems and their meanings, which is a wonderful feature and addition to the book. AND – yes, let me brag some more about this book – AND Bolton has also included a short self-guide to discover your totem. I can see this book being taught in language arts, and the totem guide would be a wonderful addition to include in instruction and research.
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