Back to the Divide
by Elizabeth Kay
In this sequel to The Divide
, Felixs parents are thrilled to have him back, alive and well, after his disappearance in Costa Rica when he was supposed to be dying of a heart condition that had mysteriously disappeared when he reappeared. They believe that Felix wandered off the path they were hiking, lost himself in the jungle, and then lost his memory of what had happened to him when he found himself again.
What really happened is that Felix traveled to another world, where science is the stuff of fantasy, and where magic is part of real life. After achieving adventure and fame as a mythical being in a world full of elf-like tanglefolk, pixyish japegrins, and griffinesque brazzles, Felix was magically cured and sent back across the interdimensional Divide to where he belonged. Only, someone else made it across as well an evil japegrin named Snakeweed.
A year later, Snakeweed is ready to go back to his own world, armed with scientific knowledge that will completely change his world...and put him in a position to rule it. Snakeweed attacks Felixs parents, turning them into stone, and forces Felix to give him the spell to get back across the Divide. Felix pursues him, hoping to stop Snakeweed from destroying the magical world with environment-unfriendly science, and hunting for a cure to the marble spell that could spread from his parents to endanger the whole world.
Once again, Felix meets up with his friends Betony, Ironclaw, and others. They get involved in a complicated adventure full of criss-crossing plot lines. It involves a journey across a vast desert, to speak with a ravenous, riddle-obsessed sphinx. They cross paths with a magic carpet, a djinn, some vampire bat thingies, and other nasties, while Snakeweed and his evil minions seize control of the government, the press, and the library. Mathematical puzzles, political maneuvers, battles, narrow escapes, tragedies, a robbery and a kidnapping happen while a bouncing baby brazzle is born, a servile henchman grasps free will, and a traffic violation results in a death sentence for Felix and Betony...
Dont worry. The trilogy continues with Jinx on the Divide.
Recommended Age: 11+
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