The Resource Lyonesse: The well between the worlds, Sam Llewelyn

Lyonesse: The well between the worlds, Sam Llewelyn

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Lyonesse: The well between the worlds
Title
Lyonesse: The well between the worlds
Statement of responsibility
Sam Llewelyn
Title variation
Well between the worlds
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Eleven-year-old Idris Limpet, living with his family in the once noble but now evil and corrupt island country of Lyonesse, finds his life taking a dramatic turn when, after a near-drowning incident, he is accused of being allied to the feared sea monsters and is rescued from a death sentence by a mysterious and fearsome stranger
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  • Gr 5–9— In this unique and gripping fantasy, the world is divided into different realms. A society of humans exists aboveground, though corruption now taints their once-verdant kingdom, Lyonesse. Belowground exists a watery underworld populated by aquatic, amorphous monsters. The two worlds open to one another through a series of stone wells. Lyonesse, by order of the Queen regent, fishes the wells to catch the monsters. They are then dried and burned to produce power. It's a violent and destructive process, as operating the wells releases poisoned water, slowly sinking the kingdom. Its only hope lies in 11-year-old Idris Limpet, a boy rescued minutes before his execution and then trained as a monstergroom. He must find a way to overthrow the Queen regent and restore balance before Lyonesse is drowned by corruption. Llewellyn's writing style is crisp, and he keeps the action moving. The author's strength lies in his ability to make a seemingly incomprehensible world appear perfectly plausible.—Lindsay Cesari, Baldwinsville School District, NY --Lindsay Cesari (Reviewed May 1, 2009) (School Library Journal, vol 55, issue 5, p112)
  • Drawing on centuries-old native lore, British author Llewellyn explores the mythical, now-sunken Lyonesse, the setting for the proto-legends of King Arthur. The people of Lyonesse have learned to keep their land afloat, in part by building machines, in part by reaching a truce with the monsters that swim in its bottomless wells—or so 11-year-old Idris (the Arthur figure) thinks. But when Idris turns out to be a Cross (with both monster and human forebears), he learns deadlier truths. Realizing that he can hear the thoughts of both monsters and men, he concludes that neither are to be trusted—and before long he sees that he may play a crucial role in Lyonesse's destiny. Assuming readers can get past the misleading cover art, which features a particularly creepy, shark-toothed behemoth, those with a taste for Arthuriana will find Llewellyn's versions of such Camelot characters as Merlin and Morgan engrossing; more general fans of high fantasy will appreciate the imaginative world-building. Kids will need to read closely to follow the thickly layered plot through all of its turns; those who do will be eager for the planned sequel. Ages 9–12. (Feb.) --Staff (Reviewed February 2, 2009) (Publishers Weekly, vol 256, issue 5, p49)
  • /* Starred Review */ Quietly superb prose and a memorable, unassuming hero make this Arthurian-flavored world fresh and beautiful even when it's bitterly ugly. A spurious accusation of swimming (implying he's a Cross between human and monster) yanks 11-year-old Idris out of his calm seaside life. A stranger spirits him away from the death sentence to a choking, fetid city, the Valley of Apples. There Idris trains as a monstergroom, capturing screaming monsters—"burners"—from massive Wells rising from a world of water. The narrative deftly depicts the blend of men's cruel greed with unthinking habit as they use these combustive burners to fuel machines used for luxury and dam-building as Lyonesse sinks lower than the encircling sea. Llewellyn writes with a gentle hand, neither minimizing nor bombarding readers with moral interpretation. Idris's subtle fortitude and inherent generosity survive his discovery that he's rightful King and must wrest the land from a Cross regent trying to drown everything in dark, alien waters. Flawed by a gratuitous, pervasive equation of evil with fat, but mainly a rich and unpretentious gem. (map, author's note) (Fantasy. 10-14) (Kirkus Reviews, January 15, 2009)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
302835
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1948-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Llewellyn, Sam
Illustrations
maps
Index
no index present
Interest level
MG
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 5
  • 9
Reading level
4.9
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Lyonesse. Bk. 1
Series volume
0001
Study program name
Accelerated Reader
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Magic
  • Monsters
Target audience
juvenile
Label
Lyonesse: The well between the worlds, Sam Llewelyn
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Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
  • volume
  • sheet
Carrier category code
  • nc
  • nb
Carrier MARC source
  • rdacarrier
  • rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • cartographic image
Content type code
  • txt
  • cri
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
339 pages, 2 unnumbered pages
Isbn
9780439934695
Lccn
2008020075
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
map on endpapers
Label
Lyonesse: The well between the worlds, Sam Llewelyn
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
  • volume
  • sheet
Carrier category code
  • nc
  • nb
Carrier MARC source
  • rdacarrier
  • rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • cartographic image
Content type code
  • txt
  • cri
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
339 pages, 2 unnumbered pages
Isbn
9780439934695
Lccn
2008020075
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
map on endpapers

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