Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Venom and Song by Wayne Thomas Batson and Christopher Hopper

Thomas Nelson (July 13, 2010) 384 pages

Amazon page

Description: (from Amazon)
Now in the strange realm of Allyra, the Seven young lords confront a traitor in their midst, a creature-infested forest, teenage fears and doubts, inexplicable mysteries . . . and the Spider King himself.

In a rigorous training program that makes boot camp look like Disneyland, the Seven must quickly learn to harness their own powers, work as one, and elude the Spider King's spies. But as the ancient Berinfell Prophecies are revealed, the Seven soon discover their training might not be enough. To stop the Spider King they must also unravel the secrets of the Rainsong, travel to a creepy, trap-infested fortress to find the legendary keystone, and lead the Berinfell Elves in an attack on the Spider King's own turf. An epic adventure with powerful messages about true strength, forgiveness, and working together as one body that will grab the attention of intermediate readers.

Learn more about The Berinfell Prophecies at www.heedtheprophecies.com.

My Review:
I will admit I had a really hard time getting into this book. This is the second in the series and I didn’t read the first one, The Spider King. There was tons of characters, and for that reason I HIGHLY recommend reading The Spider King first. I think that would have really helped me with this book. It seems to pick up right where the first one leaves off.
It has a Lord of the Rings feel to me, so this is a great book for boys(girls, too-I just try to point out boy books, since they’re harder to find).
Amazon has the target age range at 9-12 years old. I greatly disagree with that. I have 3 nephews in that age range, all good readers, one advanced, and I wouldn’t give this book to them to read quite yet. Definitely later, but not yet. There’s nothing inappropriate at all in it. I just think that MOST kid’s in that age range would have a hard time reading it and really understanding. I think teens and older would enjoy this book the most. Again, that was at Amazon. That may not be the actual target age range.
Overall, it’s a great, adventurous book!

*In conjunction with the CSFF Blog Tour, I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.

Be sure to check out all the other reviews on this tour.

Brandon Barr
Keanan Brand
Amy Browning
Beckie Burnham
Morgan L. Busse
Melissa Carswell
Jeff Chapman
Valerie Comer
Amy Cruson
CSFF Blog Tour
D. G. D. Davidson
April Erwin
Tori Greene
Ryan Heart
Bruce Hennigan
Timothy Hicks
Becky Jesse
Cris Jesse
Jason Joyner
Carol Keen
Krystine Kercher
Dawn King
Rebecca LuElla Miller
John W. Otte
Donita K. Paul
Chawna Schroeder
Tammy Shelnut
James Somers
Kathleen Smith
Rachel Starr Thomson
Robert Treskillard
Steve Trower
Fred Warren
Jason Waguespac
Dona Watson
Phyllis Wheeler
Jill Williamson

Wayne Thomas Batson – http://enterthedoorwithin.blogspot.com/

Christopher Hopper – http://www.christopherhopper.com/blog/


  1. Thanks for getting involved with the Venom and Song tour! I appreciate your honest approach.

  2. Hope everything is well and you are feeling better :)

  3. We heard the heartbeat a little over a week ago, so that alone was a relief!! :) I think that always takes a little pressure off. I'm still struggling with the sickness and all, but it'll be okay. Hopefully, the bad part will be over soon and then everything will be more enjoyable! :)