Sea Changes hGood party is able to reveal a magic library whichas scrolls and books which thematically add to book that Knowledge is power Glinda discovers that another key to Sargent On Location her growth as an individual is through reading and also contends that these resources willelp them find the Elemental Faeries Also notable that among these resources the creatorauthor of the series Imagination To Manifestation himself puts in a brief plug The Compendium of Archaic Ozian Legendencia written by aistorian named Gabriel Gale Even in the grand literary traditions of American literature a couple of Disintegration hundred years ago Mark Twainad is titular character Huckleberry Finn state in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn You don t know about me The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn You don t know about me you ave read a book by the name of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer but that ain t no matter That book was made by Mr Mark Twain and e told the truth mainly I actually enjoy the reference though some may see it as and e told the
*truth mainly i *mainly I enjoy the reference though some may see it as promotion planning and writing a series takes longer than some may think I say Go for the plug Meanwhile while Glinda and company are on their uest Nick Chopper a younger version of the Tin Woodman but with only partial parts of tin thus far and Tilda a character who perhaps My Muscular System has a connection to Ozianistory Matilda Gage the mother in law suffragette of original Oz author L Frank Baum are venturing near the start or end depending on the perspective of the Yellow Brick Road in uadling Country In this part creatorauthor Gale My Body Systems has an interesting take on the no taxation without representation concept and colonial Americanistory when it involves Nick Chopper s axe and the curse surrounding it The author Transportation In My Community has a number of Baumian puns within this part that I enjoyed The passages about Nick Chopper provide an excellent back story for Gale s somewhat new take on the character It is respectful of Baum s original text with some variations Leaving Nick and Tilda for a while the creatorauthor thenas the reader re join Glinda and Machines On The Farm her company Soon as in a few previous chapters a nice illustration is shown which shows a great grasp of shading and the anatomy of the character as well as contributing to the plot of Glindaeading to what she calls the Maker s Lodge The Maker s Lodge is drawn gorgeously with a nice use of glowing light coming from the windows and described lyrically in the narrative as well There is a lake there and another uest object is revealed via Illumina s sword In fact the original owner of this uest object is a mystery too which is ironically revealed to the reader before Glinda is aware of it This further adds to the suspense and keeps the reader going on The author then goes on to a chapter with the Wicked Witch of the North which I will state I think fore shadows what eventually Plants On The Farm happens with Mombi in the Baum books but I may be mistaken What I will add is that the fairy tale violence Gale uses with these witches is comparable to that of the Brothers Grimm and is definitely for older younger readers and not necessarily beginning readers I think the sort of morbid violence that wicked witches do thoughas a long Celebrate Veterans Day history in children s literature Even L Frank Baum who deplored traditional fairy tale violence and stated soad some of it within What Is Force his books The level of fairy tale violence within this book differs no than for example JK Rowling s Harry Potter series and is used to showow wicked the evil characters truly are not to condone the violence The Kubric One the fifth witch is partially revealed within this chapter and is definitely shown as the puppet master behind the actions of all of the witches as she gives new orders to the Wicked Witch of the North Also another magic object from classic Baumian Oz books is revealed at this point So as not to create any true spoilers I will leave this to the readers delight as well There is a kind of uasi bait and switch that What Is Sound happens with this object in this part that I found very entertaining and amusing The author then jolts back over to Glinda and party where they are trying to get information about the Elementals and a bizarre ritual the Wickeds the evil ones in the book are planning from a wicked witch prisoner of war theyave The wicked prisoner of war Celebrate Presidents Day has a clever way to evade themowever Cleverness and plot twists abound within the narrative Glinda finds a way to Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr Day hide information she is learning from the Wickeds and just as she does an old enemy appears with use of one of the ancient magic objects of Oz leading to trouble More uests and twists abound inis truly fascinating and uniue take on the Baumian Oz series The book is not meant to be a book that continues the Baum books or even the Famous Forty but alludes to all of them greatly and respects them creating as a preuel something new like magic and a great imagination out of thin air The tome Celebrate Independence Day has some fairy tale violence and this may make it for older young readersowever it is no than classic fairy tales and other modern fantasy books for young reader. H Surprising discoveries await both Glinda and Locasta Great dangers threaten formidable enemies lurk and startling secrets abound Glinda Locasta Ben and Shade bravely continue their mission teaming up with some very welcome and very unexpected allies along the way Together they prove that there is no Research Primary Source Documents hope for the future if one is not willing to learn from the pas. This was a great book I willave to check the others in the series Gabriel Gale and Lisa Fielder took close care to stay true to the Ozian Universe in this preuel series After reading the second book I am even enthralled with the seriesI find myself lost in this world rooting for Glinda from the side lines They kept the same clever determinism we find in the original Wonderful Wizard of Oz where the meek rise However the magic is stronger There is a lot of Self Discovery among every characterThe seamless transition between points of view is beautiful The teasing way we learn one thing at a time makes you want to read it even I love the series and the second book especially Can t wait for Returning to Oz after the first book in the series A Fiery Friendship Gabriel Gale and Lisa Fiedler Research Visual Primary Sources hit anotherome run This book and series reinvent Oz and keep it true to its core in an original story the Baum Primary Source Pro himself would probably be jealous of The world of Oz thatas been created is whole and complete and i find myself still thinking about its characters and landscapes Gabriel and Lisa My Immune System have created a truly formidable villian and cherishableeroes The reuniting with Baum characters already known and beloved keeps the suspense up and the pages turning well after the nightlights are lit The first book in this series was okay but not my favorite revisionist Oz book by far This continued the plot of a Wizard of Oz preuel mashed up with Harry Potter type of magic school The problem was it was written so that the reader I Can Reuse And Recycle had to really remember the first book and the characters I obviously knew Glinda but really couldn t remember others And I was just not that interested picking it up and stopping several times And this comes from someone who owns just about every Oz book ever publishedTo be fair to the author I will not rate a book I did not finish but suggest this will only be of interest to fans of the first book Either that or read both books in seuence Soo I read the first book and it started off a little slow but I understand the need for world building and since this is the preuel to Dorothy landing in Oz the thought of finding out whatappened to the other 2 Wicked Witches bc Gabriel Gale says there was initially 4 Wicked Witches not just East and West like the movie showed kept me interested until we got into the good stuff after a couple chapters of Book 1 NOW I recently won an ARC of the second book from Ages of Oz and I LOVED IT The pace was igh from the beginning There s magic The kids are coming into their own but still relying on their elders and each other for strength And O M G no spoilers BUTTTTT what you find out about a person on Glinda s side of the journey is TOO great A Dark Descent Ages of Oz is book 2 of a series chronicling Glinda s journey in the land of Oz before Dorothy s arrival in
a tornadic strewn farm ouse Oz as been ruled by 4 Wicked Witches with the guidance oftornadic strewn farm ouse Oz as been ruled by 4 Wicked Witches with the guidance of sinister evil Mombi for many lifetimes Book one Concluded With The Demise Of One Of The Four Wicked with the demise of one of the four Wicked Aphidina Witch of the South The adventure continues as Glinda Lacosta Ben Shade and other allies plan a war against Marada Witch of the North A Dark Descent brings into light fantastical Sea magic the Nome King continuing struggles for Truth Above All new spells and beautiful illustrations Seeing such familiar characters as the Tin Man and a flying monkey in their youth is a bonus This series is a perfect gift for any lover of Oz regardless of age And for those not familiar with Oz you ll start at the beginning of everything With Gabriel Gale s vision and Lisa Fiedler s words Ages of Oz would make for an awesome graphic novel I d read the first book in this series and I wasn t graphic novel I d read the first book in this series and I wasn t thrilled by it but it ad its moments In truth it s difficult for me to judge these books on their own merits because I ve read other tales that cover the same time period in Ozian Helping The Environment history in a way I found entertaining and compatible with the brief references in the original books b My 8 year old son wants to be an author and loves to read When wead the opportunity to meet a local writercreatorauthor Gabriel Gale and get Book 2 before it came out in stores What Are Tornadoes he was extremely excited because we already read majority of Book 1 These books are different from the books that my son typically gravitates to like the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series I think the best way that I can describe it is that the Ages of Oz series is 3 dimensional than other bookse s reading This series is like reality and fiction blended together and I see it transforming the way my son thinks before my eyes He s started to ask me deeper meanings to things based on what What Are Thunderstorms he s reading and started relating them to everyday life The only issue Iave with it and I may change my 4 stars to 5 stars is that the concepts and words may be too complex for an 8 year old so it takes us longer to get through the books For example What Are Droughts he ll prefer Diary. After the defeat of one Wicked the other Witches of Oz prepare for vengeance in this second book of the Ages of Oz series Glinda ander friends Amazing Ants have successfully vanuished Aphidina the first of the four Wicked Witches Buter task is far from over With the fate of all of Oz anging in the balance Glinda struggles to locate a mysterious teacher called Mythra who is. Of a Wimpy Kid before bed when e s tired but
*he ll prefer *ll prefer of OZ WHEN HE HAS ENERGY STILL when Dashing Dragonflies heas energy Still Little Entomologist 4d he loves the series and is looking forward to the next book while I m looking forward to what deeper uestionse ll ask me next The seuel to the Ages of Oz series A Dark Descent was absolutely riveting Although intended for middle grade students the series is one that can be enjoyed by adults and kids alike A Dark Descent picks up where we left off in the the first book of the series A Fiery Friendship Glinda and friends continue their journey after vanuishing Aphadina the first of the four wicked witches Unlike its predecessor A Dark Descent starts with a bang The reader is pulled right back into the story There is no shortage of action twists unexpected turns and of course Magic The reader is left craving for from start to finish As an educator the Ages of Oz series would also make for an excellent addition to any school library There is a wide array of themes and topics to explore across various curriculums Students are able to discuss and think critically as they grapple with such uestions as How do tyrant leaders keep a nation oppressed How can the power of unity lead to revolution Some may find the vocabulary challenging for middle grade students I Great Smoky Mountains National Park however believe this is an outstanding way to build student vocabulary Learning while keeping our students engaged is one of our top priorities as educators What better way to do that then with a series about a story most are already familiar with and know and love Further young girls are given a brave strong and intelligent female protagonist to look up to and both young girls and boys alike are taught important life lessons such as truth above all the importance of remainingumble and to never give up Whether you are looking to purchase this book for yourself as a gift or to incorporate something new and exciting into your lesson plan Ages of Oz A Dark Descent will not disappoint A Very Dark Descent Yet Entertaining Uniue and Age Appropriate A Review of Ages of Oz Book 2 A Dark DescentBy Ron Baxley Jr author of the new fantasy book for older young adultsadults OZ Diggs Himself Out YBR Publishing Five Stars On advice from the series creatorauthor who allowed me a long preview of Yellowstone National Park his book Iave started with Measuring Distance his latest book first and Iave found it relatively easy to pick up on the story without Let S Look At Brazil having readis first book in the Ages of Oz series and easy to determine what Let S Look At The United States Of America hasappened to the Wicked Witch of the South from Book 1 note spoilers occur later in the review I like what I would deem a back back story a new Let S Look At Japan history if you will excuse the oxymoron which creatorauthor Gabriel Galeas created or at least continued within the second book Wicked Witches for regions of the Ozian compass ones that preceded the ones that Dorothy Gale encountered in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz are placed within the book and a young Glinda continues to be a good witch in training for uadling Country Also I ave enjoyed the character descriptions and dialogue particularly with the new wicked witches The imagery surrounding the witches is wondrous though and I particularly like the Wicked Witch of the East riding astride an insect and aving a mask on Airplanes her face Next I like the nods to the original Baumian series including the Silver Shoes now placed on who is an early Wicked Witch of the West and a red brick road which alludes to the Yellow Brick Road as well as character names which are nods to settings and events as well The main character young Glindaas shown an appropriate mixture of caution fear and feistiness for a young witch in training particularly as using a spell of invisibility with What Is Force her friends she comments on the wicked witches whoave been summoned to see uadling Country after the demise of the former late Wicked Witch of the South The wicked witches Research Primary Source Documents have ominous plans for uadling Country and keep referring to a character they are being given orders from called the Kubric One which adds to the mystery and suspense She is later discussed in the narrative as a fifth witch who the others answer to and there is a back story forer re discussed in Book 2 that extends back to Book 1 Glinda Research Visual Primary Sources has somewhat secret plans for these evils ones though and is coming of age intoer benevolent power Soon she and How To Make A Pom Pom Flyer her friends Ms Gale Clumsy Bear Locasta and Ben gone on a uest to find Mythra a Mystic who was kind of like a female version of the ancient Wise Men in the Middle East but for King Oz She was to King Oz as Merlin was to Arthur andelped im establish is rule in this interpretation of Oz The band of I Can Pick Up Litter heroes also consider going on a uest to find the Elemental Faeries of Oz but the reader willave to see I Can Care For Nature how that progress or perhaps digresses as well Other delights continue in the plot including discovering an incognito benevolent wizard and the usage of Illumina s magic sword which can reveal things via visions With itselp the. The only one who can guide Glacier National Park her in reachinger mystic potential and becoming the powerful Sorceress she is destined to be While Glinda searches far and wide for Great Smoky Mountains National Park her mentor the fiery spirited Locasta findserself undertaking an eually important search for the Elemental Fairy of Lurl and the means by which to destroy the second Witch Marada Wicked Warrior of the Nort.