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Ursula's Quest: Book Two of The Witchcraft Wars (The Witchcraft Wars #2) by Tracey Alley (Goodreads Author), Ronnell Porter (Illustrator), Geoff Armstrong (Illustrator), Angela Armstrong (Illustrator)

Thursday, August 18, 2011
Locked in his dank, underground cell King Erich is feverish and dying. Running out of time and running out of hope he sends his daughter, the beautiful Princess Ursula, on a seemingly impossible quest. She must find the lost and ruined Temple of Life and secure the key that may mean the difference between freedom and slavery for the Kingdoms of Kaynos. Meanwhile his son, the young druid Slade, continues his own quest to find his beloved father and stop the evil witch Shallendara in her plans for conquest. Betrayed by those they thought were friends and hunted from all directions Slade's quest seems as impossible as Ursula's. With more questions than answers Slade and his companions seek out the great Dragon Clans to the north for assistance. Yet Shallendara's quest for ultimate power will not be stopped so easily. Already her forces are gathering and war, once hoped to be avoided, is now imminent. Her allies the Oz'ke'lati and their psychic warriors seem almost unstoppable and the Kingdoms fate hangs in the balance.

Goodreads Summary

This was a surprisingly interesting novel.  The main character, Slade, has been following his fathers' advice in dreams.  He and a few others travel to attempt to find the answer that he believes his dreams are pushing him towards.  In his second dream, Slade is searching for the Great Dragon; a quest he believes was given to him by his father. 

Ursula, Slade's sister, also believes she is receiving dreams from their father.  She is told to search for a key among the ruins...she goes to the temple and searches for the key with a few friends.  She finds one key only to discover that there are two other keys. 

Brother and sister are racing against an evil witch to complete their given tasks.  Will they make it?  This novel was interesting as the characters were likable and fun to read about.  The events are fast-paced and different from those that a reader might see in another novel of the same genre.  The ending is exciting as the reader learns that there will be a third novel in this series.  This book is recommended to young adults/teens who enjoy fantasy. 

4 Stars