Here's the buzz...
Escaped prisoner Rufus Crookshank is on the loose again. Wil Wychwood and his ancient medallion are not safe as long as the secret society of the Serpent’s Chain is determined to control the medallion and its magyk. But a new image – a tiny golden bee - has formed on the small black pendant. What could it mean?
At the same time, rumours are flying that something is killing MiddleGate’s honeybees. Is it mites? Mould? Magyk?
The cousins determine that to solve the mystery, they must begin to think like bees. Sophie and Wil volunteer as summer bee-keepers at Gruffud’s Academy to learn more.
But when they vanish during a picnic with their new friends Phinneas and Beatriz, Aunt Violet and Aunt Rue fear the pair may never return to celebrate their shared 11th birthday.
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Bowing low and tucking their Abdomens in, Wil and Sophie, neither of them yet fluent in Bee-Tongue, buzz-bumbled Long Live the Queen - only to the human ear, it would have sounded like Bzzzz, Bzzzz, Bzz, Bzzzzzzz.
Friends or Foes? Demanded the Sentries, lowering their Wings a Notch. Friends said Sophie. We Bring Gifts of Sweet.
The Sentries' Antennae whisked quickly over the Pollen Sac on Sophie's Hind Leg and frisked the Bee-Fur on Wil's Abdomen, still sprinkled with Dragonspot Lily Pollen. Satisfied, the Sentries waved Sophie and Wil on and turned back to the Entrance.
Sophie and Wil bowed low in Gratitude and cleaned their Antennae before proceeding into the Great Hall. The Smell of Mother-of-Us-All and the Smell of Thousands of her Offspring filled the Great Hall. The Smell was hard to describe, but it was a little like the Smell of a favourite, soft Blanket, comforting and reassuring. Every Corner of the Hive was alive with Hurry and Bustle - Brood-Keepers poking and prodding, feeding and cleaning their Cradlebrood, Wax-Makers building their Ladders and Gangways, Sweet-Masters fanning Sweet Chambers, Cleaners, Builders, Gatherers, Sculptors, Architects, Sentries, all buzzbusy with their appointed Tasks.
Yet amidst the Hurry and Bustle, Wil felt soothed by the Order and Rhythm of the Honeycomb - neat Chamber after Chamber, Row after Row, some capped, others open and brimming with Pollen Splashes of Yellow, Orange, Mauve, and Black. Smells filled his Antennae - the Scents of Sweet - so beguiling, it was easy to forget All Else. Sweet from Acres of Clover, Sniffs of Lavender, Roadside Wildflowers, Fields of Spring Dandelions, Sunflowers warmed in the Sun, Boughs heavy with Apple Blossoms . . . and Others he did not recognize immediately.
Chant after Chant pulsed through his Antennae and filled his Head - thousands of Bees were buzzsinging in Harmony together. Some of the Buzzes sounded like orders . . .
Hark! Clean, Lick and Comb
"science, suspense and some
THEY'RE BACK. All those marvellous characters from Winnipeg author Rae Bridgman's highly successful first novel, The Serpent's Spell, are indeed back....It's an action-packed story abuzz with excitement and suspense....[A] whole new universe and vocabulary of Sister Bees and Brother Drones with Bee-Veins and Bee-Bodies and a "joyous Buzzhum of the Bees" musically unfolds for believers in magic and mystery. full article
Far and away the best part of Amber Ambrosia is the world of the honeybees. Author Rae Bridgman does a wonderful job describing how they live and what their language might sound like. Wil and Sophie continue to be wonderful characters to follow through both the usual events of 10-year-old life and the more fantastic ones Middlegate provides.....Their magical world with their quirky aunts and unique adventures continues to be interesting and exciting. I look forward to seeing what mysteries and myths the future holds for them. full article
With its adventure and action, Amber Ambrosia is a story that holds your attention. I liked the storyline and the troubles Sophie and Wil find themselves in. The middle and how the cousins solve the mystery was quite a surprise. The magykal honey was a cool twist, as were its results. I enjoyed reading Amber Ambrosia and give it four stars. full article
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