The Floating Island

Long ago, in the Second Age of history, a young Nain explorer by the name of Ven Polypheme traveled much of the known and unknown world, recording his adventures. Recently discovered by archaeologists, a few fragments of his original journals are reproduced in this book. Great care has been taken to reconstruct the parts of the journal that did not survive, so that a whole story can be told...

Charles Magnus Ven Polypheme--known as Ven--is the youngest son of a long line of famous shipwrights. He dreams not of building ships, but of sailing them to far-off lands where magic thrives. Ven gets his chance when he is chosen to direct the Inspection of his family's latest ship--and sets sail on the journey of a lifetime.

Attacked by fire pirates, lost at sea and near death, Ven is rescued by a passing ship on its way to the Island of Serendair. Thankful to be alive, little does Ven know that the pirate attack--and his subsequent rescue--may not have been an accident. Shadowy figures are hunting for the famed Floating Island, the only source of the mystical Water of Life. They think Ven can lead them to this treasure, and will stop at nothing to get it--even murder.

In a narrative that alternates entries from his journals and drawings from his sketchbooks, Ven begins the famous chronicles of his exciting and exotic adventures--adventures that would later earn him renown as the author of The Book of All Human Knowledge and All the World's Magic.

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Read an Excerpt

Chapter One
The Albatross
The morning of my fiftieth birthday found me, as the last twenty had, sneakily examining my chin in the looking glass, searching for a sign, any small sign, of a whisker.
And, once again, as on the previous twenty birthdays, I found nothing.
Absolutely nothing.
It may seem strange to you that I was able to reach the age of fifty years and still have my face remain as smooth and hairless as a green melon, and you would be right. Many lads of my race begin sprouting their beards by the tender age of thirty, and nearly


Praise for The Floating Island

Praise for The Floating Island:
A Book Sense Children's Pick for Autumn 2006
"In her first book for young people, Haydon, a popular author of numerous fantasies for older readers, uses journal entries interspersed throughout a fast-paced narrative to help bring Ven to life. Her world-building is as successful as her characters…. A delightful epic fantasy that will attract a readership both older and younger than the target audience." --Booklist, Starred review
"This completely delightful children's fantasy will charm kids and adults alike with its account of adventure, secrets and loyalty among friends. Fast-paced and populated with wonderful characters, this new series is sure to please readers looking for something different to read."--Romantic Times, Top Pick, 4-1/2 stars
"Haydon spins a story both warm and thrilling."--Publishers Weekly
"This is truly a stunning fantasy novel with well-developed characters, an exquisitely rendered world, and fast-paced plotting."--Di Herald, Genrefluent
"Fantastic! Ms. Haydon has created something unique--a cutting edge curriculum tie-in to an exciting young reader's book, genuinely based on sound 'best practice' taxonomy models. A perfect fit for educators looking for tailor-made solutions that not only captures the imagination, but complies with the latest educational standards. Kudos!"--Carol Palmatier, Educational Grants Consultant, Michigan
"The Floating Island looks like something that everyone…in my family will enjoy. The author has developed an elaborate curriculum to accompany the book, and it's all free on the web….Something like this would be hugely valuable for a lot of people! This site is very easy to navigate and beautifully put together. There are even a few things there my kids would ask to do!"--http://paradisefound.homeschooljournal.net/2006/09/08/the-floating-island-the-lost-journals-of-ven-polypheme/

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  • Elizabeth Haydon

  • Little is known for sure about reclusive documentarian Elizabeth Haydon. She is an expert in dead languages and holds advanced degrees in Nain Studies from Arcana College and Lirin History from the University of Rigamarole. Her fluency in those languages has led some to speculate that she may be descended of one of those races herself. She claims to have a husband and children, but again, no one is really sure. Requests for information about her hobbies were returned with the unhelpful comment "everything except toothpaste sculpture." She is currently translating and compiling the second of the recently-discovered lost journals, The Thief Queen's Daughter, when she is not napping.


Available Formats and Book Details

The Floating Island

The Lost Journals of Ven Polypheme

Elizabeth Haydon