Sera has a secret. She's been to the future, and it's terrifying. Unfortunately, she can't so anything to prevent the cataclysm while stranded with Dak and Riq thousands of years in the past. Their only hope lies with the ancient Maya, a mysterious people who claim to know a great deal about the future. Is there more to these ancients than meets the eye?
A first look at this book told me that this was going to be another exemplary story. The cover is extremely detailed and has a lot to do with the book. The background for the cover was also made in high detail. The quote next to the inner title page is ominous and incomplete providing mystery even before the first chapters. The next hystorian's guide is extremely detailed with codes to break and lots of interesting facts about the next Infinity Ring game. There are also some insights into the native language of the next 'break'.
The prologue is rather vague and cuts off a part of the story so that the book seems more mysterious and dangerous. Just a few pages into the first chapter something potentially dangerous has happened. More danger and questions follow, how? What? Why? All these questions are asked and solved as the story progresses.
What I like about this book is that it is in two parts almost like two books joined in one. Both parts are to do with roughly the same people and country but each with different problems. Another thing that I like about this series is that between each book is a game that then links into the next book, it's almost like the game is a chose your path book in the series.
As the Infinity Ring books come out what I noticed is that each book gets darker and more dangerous. The first one wasn't violent, then as the series progresses there is more violence and danger in each one. I would recommend this book to children not younger than 9.
out of the previous 3 books in the infinity ring series, this one is the best yet! Since I first found out about them, the ancient Maya were a culture that I loved studying, so when I read the small preview of this book on the last pages of book 3, I was thrilled. In the books, the Maya were a lot more peaceful than they sounded in the history books. The Maya I read about were violent, playing a foot-ball like game using a persons skull as the ball, slaughtering enemies for blood sacrifice, and many other things.
This book pictured the Maya as a peaceful people, very religious, as you would expect, but mainly focused on learning, rather than violence and sacrifice. The storyline was a bit more active than that of book 3, but was still descriptive, it wasn't hard to picture the storyline in my head, and it was fun to read. The puzzles in the book were interesting, The clues would show up early in the book, but I was quickly able to decipher the references later on in the story, which was fun!
I also recognized a change in cover design, on the back cover the blurb was framed with a design that is different to the one that now exists on this book, so that is an interesting development! The game episode that this book unlocked was good, it was simpler that the previous ones, but it was still enjoyable, I very much enjoyed playing it! To sum up my overall opinion, this was an excellent book, I will love to read it again sometime!
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