Dragon Games (The Books of Umber #2)
Hap’s and Umber’s jo ...more
Other books by the same author feed into this one as well, giving it a richer feel than the previous installment and offering the satisfaction of glimpsing favorite characters from other titles. I spotted people or story elements from at least three other novels and there's probably more I missed. I appreciated the further development of Arabel ...more
Going into this book, I was slightly worried I wouldn't remember who was who as it's been awhile since I read Happenstance Found, but it all came back pretty well with minimal hints and recaps from the author, so it was all good on that front. Though I missed not having Sophie in the group, I did like the new characters, (vie...more
I want to pop Prince Loden in the nose. I'm SURE he is going to turn out to be a bad guy.
Quotes I Liked
"Forgive me for disagreeing, Prince Loden, but I believe that ignorance is rarely blissful. Why not illuminate every mind we can, down to the humblest farmer? Who knows what geniuses might be flushed out with a little prodding, like birds from the brush? And that would serve you well, my princes. After all, the ...more
There were a bunch of new creatures, and not just dragons. In fact, I th ...more
Happenstance would like nothing more than to stay in the comfort of the Aerie, Lord Umber's spectacular cliffside home, without having to worry about the secrets of his past -- or the undetermined role he must play in Umber's desperate mission.
But adventure beckons when Umber receives two mysterious messages. One is a desperate plea for help from Caspar, the man who stole precious documents from Umber's archives that could unlock the mysteries of Hap's powers. Caspar ...more
We find out more about Hap and who he used to be and how exactly, Hap as we know him came to be. It was really good to see Hap find himself in this book, that is to say, you see him growing more confident. Of course all he really would like to do is go home to the Aerie, but as the story progresses we see him continue to come ...more
A favorite quote (copied from another review): "Balfour emerged from the kitchen of the Aerie with a steaming pot of coffee, a pitcher of milk, and a plate of small, flat, round cakes, steaming hot and studded with dark spots.... 'Ah, if anything can lift a fellow's spirits, then it is what Balfour brings ...more
Just a warning: is that you have a cliffhanger ending. NNNNOOOOO!!!!
This book was the best in the series so far. There were unexpected plot twists when we least expected it. For example "Umber...I think I know who Penny was...me!". I really didn't expect Hap to think he was really Penny. At the end he was right. I also liked the ending it was a sudden stop and left me thinking I have to get the next book. I wish all the books had this ending it would definitely spice things up and make all the book a little more interesting and make all the readers a little mor ...more
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A crisp style, fast pacing, interesting characters and vivid descriptions have made Catanese a favorite with everyone from reluctant readers to teachers to adults seeking a thrilling escape. His books ...more
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Umber sniffed. "One of his lesser poems. Come, Hap.”
"That must have hurt," Oates said. Umber pinched the bridge of his nose.
"Hubris means arrogance, you great buffoon.”