The Serpent's Ring (Relics of Mysticus, #1)
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Evan and Claire Jones are typical teenagers, forced to go with their parents to yet another boring museum ... that is, until something extraordinary happens to make their day a little more than interesting. After following a strange little creature into a closed exhibit, Evan and his older sister, Claire, discover the Serpent’s Ring, one of the magical relics formed from t...more
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Published July 2012 by Createspace
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Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
I was given this book by another blogger in anticipation of the sequel coming out. I figured I better get caught up with this first installment.

The Serpent's Ring by HB Bolton is a middle grade fantasy that reminds me at time of Percy Jackson and his adventures or The last of the really great whangdoodles by Julie Andrews. We join two siblings, Evan and Claire, as they find the magical Serpent's Ring and are swept away to another world by a couple of imps. Quickly, the ring is stolen, and the tw...more
Henrietta
This story is about an adventure into Sagaas, the land of ancient gods.

Evan and Claire are siblings. While going on a tour in a museum, they discovered the Serpent’s Ring. Before they knew what’s really going on, they got transported into Sagaas. Still dazed by the bizarre experience, a bird swooped down, attacked Evan and snatched the ring from him. With the ring stolen, Evan and Claire must now find a way to move around the land of ancient gods and retrieve the ring. Can they succeed?

To me, Th...more
Erika Messer
I really loved this book - I am on the third book in the series now and I must say it reminds me of both Percy Jackson and Harry Potter - where the protagonists don't know they have powers and are thrust into this amazing new world and get to go on new adventures! The siblings lives seem so mundane until Claire finds the Serpents Ring and they have no idea what it means. Then along comes Dunkle who is awesomely clever and tricky to help them - although sometimes I think he gets them into more tr...more
Michelle
My Review
I saw this book on Amazon one day and downloaded for free but never had a chance to read it. I have noticed this book around on blog tours and have always wanted to read it. I even entered a few giveaways to try and win the 1st and 2nd book. Never won, so when the H.B. Bolton contacted me via email I was so excited that we wanted me to read her series I was really looking forward to reading and now I was getting the chance. Was I disappointed? Nope this was a fantastic read, one that...more
Charlie
This book is a middle grades book, and recommended for those who enjoyed the Percy Jackson series.

This book is one crazy roller-coaster of a read! I don’t want to give anything away, so my review is going to be slightly different than usual. Indeed, Evan and Claire wander into a closed exhibit and start off a chain of events and a grand adventure. To give a quick summary of the book – one that I hope piques your interest for a young reader you know:

This book starts off like a typical family outi...more
a_tiffyfit
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 w...more
Stephanie Cover2CoverBlog
Background: During a normal Family Fun Day with their parents, Evan and Clare are sucked into the world of all the gods and goddesses ever known to exist. They are fated with the task of retrieving the Serpent's Ring from a sea god before he uses it to destroy Earth. Gifted with incredible powers from the Ring, they set out on the adventure of a lifetime.

Review: Bolton has a wonderful way of pulling in a reader. The Serpent's Ring is geared for a middle grade audience but can be enjoyed by all a...more
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
This isn't my normal typical read, which in part, is why I wanted to read it. Also because the premises sounded like so much fun and exactly like something my daughters would love to read, therefore, I knew I really needed to read it too.

I love mythology of any kind and am always willing to learn more about it. When I saw that this had some Norse mythology in it, it was a done deal.

I really loved all the fun sketches at the beginning of each new chapter. I remember loving that about the H.P. Se...more
Amy_Read to My Heart's Content
My Thoughts:
Right before I found out about this blog tour, I was talking to my husband about how I wished there was more books out there about Norse mythology and other lesser known deities, and then BAM! I seen this tour coming up! Wow! Was that divine intervention or what?

I loved the theme of this story right off! It is really interesting that there is another place where all the different mythos have an entrance there. Sagaas is somewhat like the meeting place of all the different mythologie...more
Heather
Oct 07, 2012 Heather rated it 4 of 5 stars
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I am happy today to bring you a review and giveaway of The Serpent's Ring, a novel with dragons, trolls, labyrinths and Norse gods and goddesses. Oh, and Evan and Claire the hero and heroine of the story. It took me a little bit to get into the story, but once the brother and sister got into Asgard, the story really takes off and Evan, Claire and their imp friends Dunkle and Barfel have to fight off, trolls, fight to keep their ship from hitting jagged rocks as Evan is drawn to a siren, battle g...more
Paige Bradish
I received The Serpent's Ring by H.B. Bolton from the author for an honest review.

I was a little bit weary about picking this book because I haven't really gotten into the fairytale adventure type books yet but I think this book might have opened that door for me. I'm really excited about reading the second book now that I have finished this book I can't wait to go on the next adventure. I think these books are good because they are light and fluffy so you can take a break from all the big books...more
Seirra
A review copy was provided for an honest review. The Serpent's Ring is an adventurous middle-grade novel with mythology woven into every turn. It's well told with imaginative and plentiful details that really help you visualize all the incredible places Evan and Claire venture to. The journey has a lot of little surprises along the way, and a bunch of fascinating characters to learn about. My favorite was Lazonia, a mermaid who helps Evan overcome his struggles and sees the hero in him before he...more
Kerry Ann Morgan
Originally reviewed on Vinobaby's Voice.

Evan and Claire Jones are typical teenagers, forced to go with their parents to yet another boring museum...that is, until something extraordinary happens to make their day a little more than interesting. After following a strange little creature into a closed exhibit, Evan and his older sister, Claire, discover the Serpent's Ring, one of the magical relics formed from the shattered Mysticus Orb. Purely by accident, they have awakened its powers and opened...more
Jaclyn

"I assure you, it is safe."

I received this book from the author for an honest review. Originally posted at JC's Book Haven and reviewed by Zane, my 10 year old.

The Good


I really like the magic aspect of this book. Not only are they in a magical realm with magical creatures, but the ring gives them magical powers. I also really like the characters in the book. There were two over-excitable imps named Barfel and Dunkle. There is an immortal dragon slayer named Sigurd, and there is a gorgeous merma...more
Candace
For each age group I read I tend to look for and expect certain things. With middle grade I want characters that stand out somehow. With snark or humor, or incredible courage. In this book I found that in Evan. That stand out quality, I mean. He doesn't have the snark so much (maybe a little) but he has humor and incredible courage. And Claire has this ability to just roll with the punches and think super fast. She's sort of nonchalant all through the crazy adventure, but she's super smart, fig...more
Kat

Wow! What a great book! It suits all of my needs. It's interesting, funny and magical. My favorite character is Evan because he is funny and has an attitude. He reminds me a bit of Percy Jackson because he is witty and always has a smart comment up his sleeve. My favorite part was when Evan was eating the Poppin-Droppins. It reminds me of my brother, who eats by shoveling food into his mouth like a bulldozer. I like how there are cute little recipies they put in the back of the book that told yo...more
 wade
This is a very good book to start a middle school age student into the world of fantasy writing. The plot moves along very quickly and it is not overly complicated. As many YA fantasies are this is a quest for a teenage boy Evan and his sister Claire. The are trying to save the world from a world wide flood. They meet many unique creatures along the way. The mermen and mermaids were my favorites. The book is totally plot driven so there is not a lot of character development and the threats and...more
Brenda
Being on the lookout for Norse mythology, this cover really caught my eye. Well, actually all three covers are very engaging. The Serpent's Ring contains some of the well known characters from Norse mythology, but H.B. Bolton also introduced me to some that I didn't know much about and creates a creative story based on them. I especially enjoyed how Evan and Claire's relationship changed over the course of the story. From having the typical sibling spats, to a shared need to work together and a...more
Larry B Gray
The Serpent’s Ring by H. B. Bolton is an excellent YA adventure, fantasy novel. The fast paced action kept me glued to the book from start to finish.

The author did an excellent job of developing the storyline and making it easy to follow through the various twist and turns. I found it easy to place myself into the story as an unseen character and follow along. This always makes a story come alive to me.

The characters were easy to believe and follow. H. B Bolton did a great job of developing eac...more
Ailyn
Apr 04, 2013 Ailyn rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Ailyn by: Heidi Bolton
For young people, probably younger than young adults, this book is alright for a first time author. But I believe it can be improved for an older audience.
The conversations are polite, which I find refreshing and I compliment the author's good manners between siblings. Most books I read contain some explicit language. I commend her efforts in showing that a good book can lack those explicit bad languages and still be interesting and interactive.

The book is about a relic, and siblings effort to s...more
Melissa
Imagine being a kid, just minding your own business (well, actually poking your nose where it doesn't belong) and suddenly you are swept off into another world. That's just what happens to teenagers Evan and Claire when they accidentally lose something they should never have had in the first place. This is a fun action-packed story full of interesting characters. Some new danger or obstacle seems to loom around every pink cloud as Evan and Claire undertake a wild journey to save the world and ge...more
Leah
Super cute story about two teenage siblings who accidentally stumble into a magical land. This book is perfect for any junior high kid who loves a little bit of fantasy and a little bit of myth.
Colette
I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This is a great read for Middle-Graders. The next book in the series is even better than the first, and the characters are relatable. Adventurous and exciting, Bolton had me wanting more.
Carlos Jr.
I need to read this! I have a feeling I'll be sitting at the edge of my bed and seat each time I turn a page. I enjoy reading books that deal with relics.
Daleine
The Serpent's Ring is a story in which a young teenager Evan and his Sister Claire come upon The serpent's Ring and awaken its powers. The two teenagers are transported through a portal to the land of Sagaas, the land of the ancient gods. The rind is stolen from Evan's hand by an giganic bird and taken to the Norse god of the sea, Aegir. Evan and Claire must travel with strange little creatures, and other unlikely heroes as they travel to retrieve the Serpent's Ring befor Aegir uses it powers to...more
Silver
This was a really short, simple read. There were only a few instances where I was a bit confused but then the story cleared everything up right away. Some people might think that information was just being dumped onto the reader but I felt it worked out in this instant. If I hadn't had that information spoon fed to me I would have gotten confused really quickly! I'm no expert when it comes to Norse Mythology, unfortunately. Granted, some of the spoon feeding was a bit unnecessary but it didn't...more
Kris
The Serpent's Ring is well written for middle-grade readers. The writing is simple with few embellishments, and the world of Asgard is beautifully wrought. Exploring the world with Evan and Claire was by far the most fun. I enjoyed meeting all the different and unique people living there. Personally, I would have liked to see more detailed exploration of the plot, maybe some more plot twists. For the reading level of the intended audience, however, it's understandable.

While, I would have also li...more
Heidi
With lots of excitement and magic this book works well for middle graders who aren't yet ready to tackle longer and more difficult fantasies. Evan and his family are visiting a living museum when he sees what he takes for a monkey. He sneaks into a building under renovation and comes across a magical talisman called The Serpent's Ring. His older sister, Claire, comes up on him as he is exploring and they both try on the bracelet sized artifact. Unfortunately, before they really know what they ha...more
Lizzy Lessard
Overall: I know that it might seem cruel to rate this mediocre when I liked the story so much. The Serpent’s Ring hit a few pet peeves and if you aren’t bothered by these things, then this could be a 5 star book for you. I let my 9 year old *nephew* read the first few chapters and he adored the characters and the action. Now that I’m done reading, he can’t wait to finish.

Firstly, the beginning is slow and it feels like every other fantasy novel. There’s a couple of kids who get an epic quest, so...more
Asma
Evan and Claire Jones were going to spend a good whole day with their parents for Family Day, and it was going well until Evan sees something he wasn't supposed to see. When he and his sister stumble across the Serpent's Ring, they're not only gifted with new powers, but transported to another realm. Their new powers were given for a reason though, but just as they did, the ring was stolen by Aegir, who plans to use it for his own devices. With some help, the duo have to make it to Aegir and sto...more
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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 highl...more
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“Evan ran his finger across the faded leather spines. He laughed at how silly some of the names were: Paint Your Roses Red, Edelweiss and Me, World of Mushrooms and Fungi, The Toadstool Diaries, Daffodils Unseen and Exotic Plants Unleashed, to name but a few.” 1 likes
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