Cam Baity & Benny Zelkowicz have created an absolutely original, mind-blowing, wholly original world that is filled with both peril and beauty. The mettle is in the metal in this universe. I found myself traveling through it in constant awe while getting lost in the unique imaginations of these two gifted writers.
D.J. MacHale, bestselling author of the Pendragon series and the SYLO Chronicles trilogy
Phoebe Plumm and Micah Tanner bravely search for the mysterious Occulyth, which they hope will resolve all of their challenges in this second of the Books of Ore. Phoebe blames herself for the loss of her father, Dr. Jules Plumm, a former key employee of the Foundry, the powerful Meridian-based technology company that exploits the metal creatures of Mehk. Meanwhile the Covenant, the resistance army made up of disaffected mehkans, is fighting back against the Foundry’s imperialism and looking to Phoebe and Micah to help. Phoebe, who turns 13 in this installment, is thrust into the limelight, seeking an illuminated path and wondering how to act around ardent warriors who treat her like a saint. Baity and Zelkowicz, both animators, enter into some heavy-duty world-building in this volume, complete with an origin story, new allies and enemies, and an extensive original vocabulary. They even create a whole religion—including excerpts from Scripture—that is refreshingly female-dominated. The novel explores themes of political, environmental, and even spiritual plundering as well as what it means to be Waybound. Phoebe insists: “People will change….They’ll have to.” A brainy, action-packed fantasy outing even more complex and sophisticated than series opener THE FOUNDRY'S EDGE (2014). (Fantasy. 11-14)
Phoebe and Micah just barely survived the final battle in THE FOUNDRY'S EDGE (2014), and now they’re in the depths of the land of Mekh, contemplating their next moves. The mystical leader of the Covenant, a religious group fighting back against the Foundry, has given Phoebe a special, dangerous task. She must find an object that will ensure the Covenant’s victory. But the directions are a riddle, and the evil Foundry is hot on her tail. Baity and Zelkowicz’s world building is as vivid and cinematic as in the series opener, though readers unfamiliar with that title will be hopelessly lost. A cliffhanger ending guarantees at least one more volume.
Orphaned Phoebe Plumm is far from her prosperous home of Meridian, and she and her servant Micah Tanner are engaged in a seemingly endless, hopeless battle. The Foundry, a ruthless global monopoly, exploits the metallic creatures of Mekh for its economic gain. Like the Empire in The Empire Strikes Back, the Foundry has recovered from the uprising in THE FOUNDRY'S EDGE: THE FIRST BOOK OF ORE (Hyperion, 2014/VOYA April 2014), and is responding with a vengeance. Its brutal attacks on the rebel mekhan army, known as the Covenant, are aimed at neutralizing Phoebe and Micah. Like Zeus in The Matrix, the Covenant is convinced that Phoebe has been selected by their god, Makina, for a reason. Like Lord of the Rings, there is a mysterious item known as the Occulyth that can neutralize the Foundry, if Makina can find it and harness its power. But Phoebe’s confidence is shaken, and she will need significant help from Micah, who, not unlike Tolkien’s Samwise Gamgee, is sworn to protect her. That is the foundation for Cam Baity and Benny Zelkowicz’s WAYBOUND: THE SECOND BOOK OF ORE. If all this sounds complex, it is, and that will appeal to readers who prefer to immerse themselves in complicated, imaginative worlds that draw upon classic sci-fi/fantasy motifs as touchstones. Baity and Zelkowicz’s living world of metal is distinctive, and fans will find much to like. While the sequel will not win new devotees to the series, or to science fiction, those already immersed in this rich mythology will not be disappointed.
The final book of our trilogy is coming! It will be available on April 12th, and here is a peek at what it looks like:
23 years of “Martians, Murder, Magic, and Mayhem” will be celebrated on May 7th – and that fits us to a T! We are honored to have been invited to the greatest bookstore with the greatest staff on the greatest day. Come join the festivities! Here are the details.
We will be at the amazing book store Pages in Manhattan Beach on April 13th at 6:30 – come heckle us! Details are here.