The best way I can describe [The Chronicles of Egg] is Lemony Snicket meets Pirates of the Caribbean, with a sprinkling of Tom Sawyer for good measure… If you like adventure novels, I highly recommend you grab a copy.
– Rick Riordan, author of The Lightning Thief
In addition to having sold gazillions of kids’ adventure books, Rick’s right on the money here, although I’d describe The Chronicles of Egg a little differently.
It’s what you’d get if you threw The Princess Bride and Raiders of the Lost Ark in a blender with a handful of pirates: an adventure-comedy-mystery-coming-of-age story starring the brave, funny, and incredibly unlucky Egg Masterson; the sharp-tongued, occasionally overly self-confident heiress Millicent Pembroke; and a one-handed, slightly insane cabin boy named Guts.
The action starts with Deadweather and Sunrise, which finds poor Egg not only saddled with the worst name in the English language and two vicious older siblings who torment him, but stuck on filthy, muggy, Deadweather Island, populated almost entirely by pirates.
And they’re not the friendly-and-charming Johnny Depp kind of pirate, but the murderous-and-cruel kind.
One day, Egg’s father–who’s no prize himself–makes a mysterious discovery on the island and takes the family on an equally mysterious errand to Sunrise, the rich and pleasant-seeming island next door–where Egg’s family rather suddenly disappears.
Left alone on Sunrise, he’s taken in by the charming, fabulously wealthy Pembroke family and their smart, funny, awesome-to-hang-out-with daughter Millicent. Living in the Pembrokes’ mansion, Egg’s life instantly changes from awful to awesome, and he couldn’t be happier.
Until someone tries to push him off a cliff.
And Egg realizes he’s been marked for death…it’s got something to do with that mysterious discovery back on Deadweather…and if he doesn’t figure it all out, he’s doomed.
That’s when things get interesting.
Things get even more interesting in New Lands, Book 2 in The Chronicles of Egg trilogy.
Egg and Millicent, now joined by the foul-mouthed, occasionally violent, and possibly crazy cabin boy Guts, set off for the New Lands, a continent full of mysterious native tribes, treacherous enemies, and — or so our heroes hope — someone who can translate the mysterious map that’s fallen into their hands and holds the key to their survival.
Along the way, they encounter not just the deadly-yet-strangely-friendly pirate captain Burn Healy and a pompous local dictator named Li Homaya, but a 14-year-old local named Kira with a shadowy past and a willingness to help them that might be their salvation…or their doom, depending on who she’s really working for.
In book 3, Blue Sea Burning, the story reaches its thrilling climax: there’s blood, battles, betrayals, lost treasure, lost love, lost limbs (on several unlucky pirates), and at least one erupting volcano.
It’s about as much fun as you can have between two covers of a book.
And I’m not just saying that because I wrote it.
Interested? Click any of the “Get the Books!” links on the right. Or visit the official site, www.chroniclesofegg.com, to read chapter samples, play Egg-related games, and more.
Or check out these links to foreign editions of book 1, Deadweather and Sunrise: