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May 12 2011

The Rukan Prophecy by YoYo (Group)

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Vermonia: 4. Walker Books, 2010.
This is the 4th of a planned 10 volume manga adventure series, which features really impressive black and white artwork. The fate of three worlds depends on the courage of four friends, Naomi, Doug, Jim and Mel, the Blue Star Warriors - the Battle for Vermonia continues.
 In this storyline the tribes of the Turtle Realm, led by the Blue Star warriors fight Uro's dark Yami magic in two epic battles.  The four pillars of the Turtle Realm - fire, wind, water and thunder are attacked and Mel is imprisoned in a castle. Can they reunite with her AND save their Realm?
The author YoYo is a Tokyo based collection of writers, artists and gamers, which began in 2006. It would have been advantageous to have a character summary at the beginning for new readers and page numbers for easy return to your reading spot.
This 4th volume can just be read without the earlier volumes but the reader will be bolting to the shop to buy no 5! Young readers will love the associated website - www.vermonia.com, where they can get free wallpaper, posters and music and take part in some engaging games. Although Vermonia is action packed it is suitable for readers from 9 years to about fifteen who have good imaginations and a love of fantasy. Manga lovers will be captivated with this book.
Kay Haarsma

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