"The price of becoming a new creature is the death of the old..."
A desperate wizard. An old enemy. A hidden monster.
In a fit of genius (and cowardice) Simon has left his friends frozen in time, awaiting their deaths. Meanwhile, he explores the ancient magical city of Tarinea in hopes that he might find a way to save them. If he's lucky, he might find another bloodstone while he's at it. But Tarinea isn't quite what the travel brochures said it would be. It's a place of dark magic, ancient mysteries, old enemies, brutal competitions, of monsters and mayhem, of silent sorcerers, and foul intentions. To get through, he will have to trust a strange new friend, survive a mysterious teacher, and face the dangers of the Titan's Groan...
Author Austin J. Bailey has entertained over a quarter of a million readers with his bestselling children's books, and his latest work is better than ever. Featuring an endearingly overconfident and hilarious boy genius, Simon Fayter and the Tomb of Rone is the third book in the series.
Here's what readers are saying:
"Move over Harry Potter...a more realistically behaving teen wizard commando is here. And we LOVE him. There are VERY few authors for this genre I truly enjoy. Bailey makes up for all the other attempts at finding a great writer for my kids (and me) out there I've made in the last few years.. He's superb. I'm talking Pullman /Lewis things are in this guy's future. Me and my kids adore him. Read ALL his stuff, seriously. Simon Fayter is An Incredible Story. Bailey does so much in it that connects the reader to the main character. It's quirky, funny, and his dedication to his craft shines through. (The *footnotes*.....to die for!! Don't miss out on them!!)"
"This book was such an amazing read! If you liked Percy Jackson or Inkheart, then you will definitely love this book!"
"I'm a 37-year-old father of three that finds little time to read. However, my 12-year-old son was given this book so I wanted to check it out. After only about three days I'd read it in it's entirety not being able to put it down."
"WOW! What a journey! Never knowing what will happen next, I was immediately hooked. Austin J. Bailey has created a universe magical in more ways than one, deeply intriguing, and full of adventure while maintaining a wonderful sense of humor. This is a must read!"
"This book is full of cleverness, adventure, and humor. With magic and mysteries and a dragon or two. It's an original, not just like any other book, but I think people will like it who liked: Harry Potter, Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians, Michael Vey, or the Frog Princess books."
"Awesome book! It's like a mix of Harry Potter & Percy Jackson - a young egotistic kid who finds himself in a magic world where he has special abilities and great friends..."
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Both the Magemother series and Simon Fayter series have been great. My son and I have both enjoyed them a great deal. We can’t wait for the next Simon Fayter chapter.
I’ve read a few of Mr. Bailey’s books but this is the first in this particular series that I’ve read. It’s actually Book 5 in this series. Not having read the preceding books had me at a disadvantage as there were references throughout this book to previous characters and storylines that I was unfamiliar with, however, I still thoroughly enjoyed the story and would still recommend it to anyone looking for a book with a great plot and colorful imagery, plus well fleshed out characters. The author is well read and scatters references to other books and authors at the beginning of each chapter. I found it fun to read each reference and ponder why he had inserted that particular reference. Some made perfect sense, others had subtle innuendo, and still others I didn’t catch the meaning but they showed a well rounded author with respect for other authors both in the past and in the present who had something that had resonated with him. Simon Fayter has been time traveling with a turncoat loaded with switches that each have some kind of power. The only problem is, most of them have no label and Simon has no idea what will happen when he turns them. In this story, he has landed in a new land while leaving Drake, Tike, and his other friends behind in a dangerous situation. He feels guilty but he knows he had to continue on in order to make the situation work for the better for all. His travels now land him in Tarinea. Everything is strange to him and he feels out of place. He ventures out to find out if he can make sense of where he is and he is captured along with an old man, a woman, and Tav, who is strangely familiar and someone he had seen on the side of a hill right before he was captured. They are given the choice of dying by torture forever or life beyond pain, but no guarantee how long that might be. He and Tav both opt for life beyond pain. They are immediately taken to a tall cylindrical pit, where it is quickly apparent that they are to fight for their lives. This is only the first of a number of exciting adventures as Simon and his new mate Tav try to figure out how to make it out of their predicament and Simon tries to rescue his friends. I look forward to reading more of these stories and now I want to go back to the beginning to see what I missed. I give this book a thumbs up and suggest that it be read by anyone looking for a great adventure with lots of imagination! Well Done!