Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Venom and Song:
The Berinfell Prophecies Series - Book Two
Wayne Thomas Batson and Christopher Hopper

Blog Tour - Day 3

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Months before I heard about the Venom and Song CSFF Blog Tour,
I purchased a copy of the book at SAMS Club because
I enjoyed Curse of the Spider King so much.

This is Day 3 of the CSFF blog tour for a great read by Wayne Thomas Batson and Christopher Hopper. The book title is Venom and Song, a sequel to another arachnophically titled book named, The Curse of the Spider King. I mentioned the Spider King in my tour day 2 blog. Today's blog title comes from the view that the Spider King would have everyone at odds with one another so that he can achieve what is best for himself. In contrast, Ellos the Creator, would have his followers work together to achieve for is best for all. The Spider King's focus is ever inward, while Ellos focus is on others around us.

The Spider King would have everyone the same, much like tiny chess pieces he continually moves around his strategy board. Ellos created each one with a different gift. Even among the young Elf lords, there are differences between what each can accomplish as different situations require different abilities.

There are temperament differences , and even skin colors like Kat Simonson the blue-skinned Elf. I liked the way the authors handled this point for young readers. Kat Simonson thought she was strange and different, but at the coronation she realises her skin is merely a different manifestation of Elven kind. Young readers who feel left out because they look or act differently than their peers will empathize with the blue-hued Elf maiden. Reading Venom and Song may help readers come to realize their differences are what provide different abilities complimenting and augmenting the abilities of others.

I Corinthians 12 points out that we can not all be an eye, for then where would be our sense of hearing? Venom and Song points out that not all Elf Lords are able to cast fire or perfectly aim arrows. Each gift strengthens Ellos' work when the members combine forces. Even the Spider King grudgingly admits that removing one Elf lord will change little, but it will weaken the seven lords' group as a whole. The seven young lords were brought to Allyra because they are part of a grand plan that was centuries in the making by Ellos. Returned home, they must learn to unite for this plan to work together, or all is lost.


WayneThomasBatson said...

Tim, you are spot-on with the all parts of the body theme! But "We're all in this together," uhm, that wasn't a high school musical allusion, ehrm, was it?

Rebecca LuElla Miller said...

Love the title of your posts, Tim. "Lord of the Things or the Spider King Strikes Back"? Hahah! Brilliant. And "We're All in This Together" is so fitting.

As always you give a fresh perspective on the books we tour. Thanks so much for adding to the buzz about this book.


Amydeanne said...

oh yes, love the whole blue body thing.. it made me go awwwwwww and I love - was it Jimmy after saying he couldn't understand why she didn't think she was beautiful!

Leighton Hajicek said...

In reference to WTB's comment above, I'd take Jett Green over Zac Effron any day. :P LOL

Check out my blog ( in which I did some posts for the CSFF Blog Tour as well. :D

Leighton Hajicek said...

Got your comment on my blog and responded! Thanks for the visit. :D I know that it's hard to know when someone has responded so I thought I'd let you know!

- Leighton

Fantasythyme said...

Yes, the song "We're all in this together" reminded me of the Elven lords gaining new talents and insights about themselves when they were pulled out of their Earthen comfort zones to face the Spider King.
Plus the Rainsong is musical too...