Item description for The Secret of the Swamp King (Wilderking Trilogy #2) by Jonathan Rogers...
Overview King Darrow sends Aidan Errolson on an impossible quest, hoping he will never return, and although Aidan has enough friends to succeed on the journey, even he might not be able to defeat the powerful enemy that awaits him at its end.
Publishers Description As book two opens, Aidan is living in the court of King Darrow. He has become best friends with Darrow's son Steren, and he enjoys great favor among the courtiers. But King Darrow's suspicion is growing and his insecurity causes him to hate the young man who saved his kingdom. Concerned about his king's spiral into ever-darker moods, Aidan asks what he can do to help. Darrow sends him on an imposible adventure to the recesses of Feechiefen Swamp, thinking he is sending Aidan to his death. Afterall, no Corenwalder has ever returned from Feechiefen alive. But Aidan's fate is not sealed yet for Aidan has allies among the feechiefolk who know him as the hero Pantherbane.
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Studio: B&H Fiction
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.06" Width: 5.52" Height: 0.9" Weight: 0.72 lbs.
Release Date May 1, 2005
Publisher Broadman And Holman
Series Wilderking Trilogy
Series Number 2
ISBN 0805431322 ISBN13 9780805431322
Availability 0 units.
More About Jonathan Rogers
Jonathan Rogers grew up in Georgia, where he spent many happy hours in the swamps and riverbottoms on which the wild places of "The Charlatan s Boy" are based. He received his undergraduate degree from Furman University in South Carolina and holds a Ph.D. in seventeenth-century English literature from Vanderbilt University. He lives with his family in Nashville, Tennessee."
Jonathan Rogers currently resides in Nashville. Jonathan Rogers was born in 1969.
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Reviews - What do customers think about The Secret of the Swamp King?
A classic in the making! Jan 6, 2007
Our whole family has read the entire Wilderking Trilogy and has loved them all. The Secret of the Swamp King is my 8 year old son's favorite book of all time -- and he has read many! He started reading and didn't come up for air until the last page was turned! It is inspiring and refreshing to find present day literature that matches the calibur of older classics.
Please, sir ... We Want MORE!!! Feb 22, 2006
Book two of the Wilderking Trilogy opens with Aiden Errolson serving in the court of King Darrow of Corenwald. Actually, it opens with Aiden and Darrow's son Steren hunting a wild boar, but Aiden is, in fact, at court. Aiden is loved by everyone at court -- everyone except Darrow.
Darrow is tired of hearing about how heroic Aiden is. About how he defeated the giant Golia -- I mean Greidawl, and helped drive the Pyrthan invaders out of Corenwald. He's threatened -- he thinks Aiden is after the throne.
So he sends Aiden on a quest, to prove his loyalty. Aiden is sent to retrieve a legendary flower that is said to have the ability to cure the King's depression. But the flower is located in the heart of the Feechiefen Swamp -- and nobody who has ever entered the swamp has come out again.
Aiden isn't worried -- he has the friendship of the feechies, and the mark to prove it. But as he progresses, he grows more and more worried. There's something wrong in the Feechiefen Swamp -- there are feechies who pay no attention to the feechie laws, and who use metal weapons. And there's a new king in the swamps.
I enjoyed this book even more than the first one. For one thing, it's less derivative than the first book, even though the close friendship between Aiden and Steren was predictable, as was Darrow's depression and hatred of Aiden. But the focus of this book is on the feechies -- which should please Rogers' fans.
The feechies really make this series. Their simplicity, their sense of honor, and their commitment to their values illustrate everything that is wrong with civilizer society. And they're really funny to read -- especially out loud.
This series is high on my must-read list. I've got to make sure I get a copy of Book 3 (this site says it should be out in May of this year) so I can find out how this ends.
The Adventure Continues Oct 17, 2005
Once again, Jonathon Rogers has created a fantastic story that is as much fun for the reader as for the listener. All three of our kids (ages 7, 9 and 11)were completely caught up in the story as I read it aloud while on vacation. Every night the cry went up, "Keep reading!" It is also, however, a great book to be read alone -- but why should it be kept to oneself?
Rogers has a wonderful gift of creating action, suspense, fun, and many voices for his characters, all while developing an engaging story line. Our kids were in suspense until the last moment to find out who the Swamp King really was, and they were engaged in every battle of the feechie folk. We can't wait for the next book to come out!
Susanne Thompson, Atlanta, GA
He did it again! Aug 12, 2005
It would be hard to top Bark and expecting a sophomore jinx we read Secret to our kids on a long car trip. It starts slow and that's mainly my perception because we've come to expect so much from Jonathan. But as it picks up speed it doesn't disappoint! Once again my children were clamoring for more. The childlike Feechies, Aidan on a quest that has unexpected results on several levels, and the rough true companions he meets along the way. BTW Feechie-speak has entered our vocabulary; "rude swaps", "head butts", "cold shiny", and of course "Our fights is his...". I would love to hear a country cover of "The thing I done". Applause for this installment and high hopes for the third one!
he done it agin! Jul 6, 2005
Once again Jonathan Rogers has given us a lively romp--a "please-one-more-chapter-even-though-it's-two-o'clock-in-the-morning" romp. My husband even had to turn off the TV and come listen to the story when he heard the feechiefolk talking. We all love those he-feechies, she-feechies, and wee-feechies. (They can't help it that they stink. You'd stink, too, if'n you lived in a swamp.)
I can't agree with those who have posted ahead of me, saying the second book is better than the first. The joy of our first meeting with good and loyal Aidan and the . . . um . . . surprising and endearing Dobro would be pretty hard to top. The second book is surely no let down, though. It is simply the continuing story of two kids we came to adore in the last book. They are still as loveable as ever. Still loyal and good and true. Still getting into and out of scrapes in hilarious ways, and all the while reminding us, by how they live, that God is merciful and serving him is a reward unto itself.
This book had the same laugh-out-loud moments as the first but this one, I think, had more sad moments than The Bark of the Bog Owl. Aidan is growing up and facing the world as it is and not as he hoped it would be. It is heartbreaking at times and yet there is beauty in Aidan's strength and in his resolve to do the right thing . . . for the feechies, for his father, and for his king. He is truly a hero.
Masterful work, Mr. Rogers, hurry with the next one.