In The Rogue Knight (Lexile: 630; Interest Level: Grades 3-6), the second installment of Brandon Mull's Five Kingdoms series, Cole leaves Sambria and travels to a new kingdom, Elloweer. The magic in Elloweer is different from Sambria, and Cole's magic jumping sword no longer works. The incredible seemings, magically changed visions, make it hard to tell who is who and what is what, but Cole and his new friends Mira, Jace, and Twitch are off in search of Cole's friends and Mira's sister.
The land of Elloweer certainly has some interesting challenges in figuring out how to discover friends you can trust without telling too many secrets to the enemy. And when Mira is kidnapped by the Rogue Knight, they are sure they have made a strong enemy. So, what should they do when they need his help to defeat Morgassa? But Morgassa isn't the worst trouble the face in this strange land.
Again, some of the sections seem rather slow, but the action certainly makes up for it. I am starting to really like the characters, and I want to see them succeed! I am looking forward to the third story as the children are on their way to yet another kingdom.
One of the reasons I became an elementary school librarian is so I can read children's books.