A young girl wanders the moonlit halls of Castle Empyrean. She follows the mysterious sound of someone weeping.
Zandria could not expect what she would find on the other side of the black door. Her mother has been missing for six long years. She vanished on the day of Olena’s birth when she was summoned to become Queen of the Eastern Sky. Now Zandria discovers there is something more to her strange disappearance.
Zandria and her sister, Olena, start the next step in their journey the very next day after the events of The Fourth Queen. This time the quest is for something more valuable than either of them could imagine.With the help of friends old and new, the sisters have a chance to bring back their mother and save the Lost Queen.
However, the sinister Raymond Shadaway and his traveling Carnivale Chaotica are doing everything in their power to stop them.
Will Zandria and Olena save their mother in time as evil forces once again threaten to destroy Empyrean?
Wayne S. Walker
When Zandria sees an image of her missing mother imprisoned in a crystal, what should she do? At the end of the first book in The Empyrical Tales series, The Fourth Queen, Zandria and her younger sister Olena finally arrive at the Castle Empyrean, Olena is made the fourth queen, along with Snow White, Cinderella, and Isis, and the forces of evil are defeated. In this sequel, their friends Prince William, who seems to be growing ever younger, and Adam, along with several others including the female warrior Aleta from the south, return to the mines in the eastern kingdom to rescue other children who had been captured by the dwarves, while the elven butler Tym sends Zandria on the female Friesian horse Tihi to the Northern Woods to see if she can find any other clues about her mother.
William and Adam's party are successful in their quest, but are attacked by a party of renegade dwarves under Lord Vanril. From there, Adam, who finds another crystal bearing the image of Zandria's mother, must go on his own quest to help Zandria, while William and Aleta must take the recovered children to Bond, the only village left in the area. After discovering a previously unknown relationship between him and Adam, William then sets off after Lord Vanril. In the meantime, Zandria and her new elven friend Dew Lantisphere, encounter the sinister Raymond Shaydaway and his travelling Carnivale Chaotica who are doing everything in their power to stop her. Shaydaway and his forces even attack Castlewood Castle in the Northern Woods to achieve his ends. Will Zandria be able to save her mother in time and help avert the evil forces that once again threaten to destroy Empyrean? And what will happen to William and to Adam?
In my experience, sequels are rarely as good as the original book of a series, but there are exceptions, and The Lost Queen is one. It has all the air of mystery and adventure that characterized The Fourth Queen. There is not only a strong good versus evil theme but also interesting characterization. The introduction of the iron giant Eisenhahn and the Skiordan shadow people of the Peckwood Forest add interest to the plot. Zandria continues to grow in her own attitude as well as in her relationships with Dew and with Adam. At the same time, it is not entirely unrealistic but exhibits times of sadness, such as the deaths of the northern warriors Terg and the Smoltz brothers, as well as instances of victory. And, of course, everyone likes a good fairy-tale "they lived happily ever after" type of ending. While the series is written to create strong, positive female role models, there is enough excitement that even our fifteen-year-old son Jeremy enjoyed it.