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Second book of The Histories of Earth. If Timothy Hayfield had known the mysterious secrets his grandmother had kept quiet all these years, and if he'd known the peril that would await him during a seemingly average summer's holiday in Mayfield, then he might have stayed behind. But who can tell what simple decisions may lead to grand adventures? In the undiscovered corner Second book of The Histories of Earth. If Timothy Hayfield had known the mysterious secrets his grandmother had kept quiet all these years, and if he'd known the peril that would await him during a seemingly average summer's holiday in Mayfield, then he might have stayed behind. But who can tell what simple decisions may lead to grand adventures? In the undiscovered corners of his family's estate, he would find the fates of kings, and of worlds, that are hung in the balance. In places that would take him beyond our world, there would be battles, and valor, but only if Timothy wished it. For you see, this was a choice, not a requirement: A simple decision that would make him a Prince of Earth.


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Second book of The Histories of Earth. If Timothy Hayfield had known the mysterious secrets his grandmother had kept quiet all these years, and if he'd known the peril that would await him during a seemingly average summer's holiday in Mayfield, then he might have stayed behind. But who can tell what simple decisions may lead to grand adventures? In the undiscovered corner Second book of The Histories of Earth. If Timothy Hayfield had known the mysterious secrets his grandmother had kept quiet all these years, and if he'd known the peril that would await him during a seemingly average summer's holiday in Mayfield, then he might have stayed behind. But who can tell what simple decisions may lead to grand adventures? In the undiscovered corners of his family's estate, he would find the fates of kings, and of worlds, that are hung in the balance. In places that would take him beyond our world, there would be battles, and valor, but only if Timothy wished it. For you see, this was a choice, not a requirement: A simple decision that would make him a Prince of Earth.

30 review for A Prince of Earth

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kay

    I think this is a definite improvement over the 1st book, and I liked the first one (which I had won from Goodreads, by the way). After winning the 1st (I gave it 3 stars), the author, Steven J Carroll, was kind enough to send me the next 3 when I had written to him that I was starting a library for my then 2-1/2 year old great grandson. This book #2, A Prince of Earth, continues the story with Timothy Hayfield's arrival at Wolcott Manor, the old house on the grounds of the "Mayfield School for G I think this is a definite improvement over the 1st book, and I liked the first one (which I had won from Goodreads, by the way). After winning the 1st (I gave it 3 stars), the author, Steven J Carroll, was kind enough to send me the next 3 when I had written to him that I was starting a library for my then 2-1/2 year old great grandson. This book #2, A Prince of Earth, continues the story with Timothy Hayfield's arrival at Wolcott Manor, the old house on the grounds of the "Mayfield School for Girls", the same house featured in the first book. At present time, it is owned by Timothy's grandmother Matilde (Mattie). (She was one of the heroines in book #1.) Timothy was anticipating an entirely boring summer spent with his grandmother, but boy, was he wrong! From the moment he and his mother entered the house, and then had to cover the whole thing in order to find his grandmother, he found that he was to be embroiled in one adventure after another. After spending the first evening playing a chess type game with Mattie, he was awakened from sleep by a strange noise. It turned out to be Barbara Cholley, a young student at the school, who had entered the Manor as part of a "first-year" dare. It seems that the students at the school feel that Mattie is a murderess, since Mattie's best friend Delaney had disappeared from the Manor many years ago, and the first year dare entails going on the front porch of the Manor. Barbara, after being goaded for the whole year, lost her temper and declared that not only would she go on the porch, she was going up to the attic room from which flares of light seemed to originate quite frequently. Timothy, hefting a heavy candlestick, went to find the source of the noise, and encountered Barbara in the attic room. Already this was a problem, since the attic room was off limits to Mattie's family and guests, for very good reason (explained in the first book). This encounter is the beginning of the children's, and Mattie's, summer adventures. I really liked this book, and thought the writing was greatly improved from the first book. The story caught my attention right from the first page, and I couldn't put it down. I loved The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, and felt that Mr. Carroll's books have a bit of the same "feel", so I truly enjoyed this book. Cannot wait to read the rest, and I think that this will be a great series for my great grandson some day, and for both children and their parents (and grandparents), right now!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sarah-Jayne Briggs

    (I received this book for free as part of Goodreads First Reads giveaways). (This review may contain spoilers). I liked reading this book a bit more than the previous one. It still did have a few asides in, but not quite as much as the first book. And I felt the storyline was expanded a bit more than the first one. There was a lot about this book that made me think of the Chronicles of Narnia, but that didn't mean I enjoyed this any less. It was good to see more of the characters from the first book (I received this book for free as part of Goodreads First Reads giveaways). (This review may contain spoilers). I liked reading this book a bit more than the previous one. It still did have a few asides in, but not quite as much as the first book. And I felt the storyline was expanded a bit more than the first one. There was a lot about this book that made me think of the Chronicles of Narnia, but that didn't mean I enjoyed this any less. It was good to see more of the characters from the first book, though I would have liked a bit more detail about how Delany and the King had come together romantically. I liked seeing them together (and I particularly liked Asa as a character), but there was a big gap between books one and two... and since book one left Delany as a child... I liked how the characters of Timothy and Barbara formed through the course of the book. It was interesting to see Timothy's relationship with his grandmother and it was also cool to meet his grandfather. I would have liked to meet more of Delany's children, though Asa was probably my favourite character. I'd be interested in seeing more of him at some point in the future. I probably wouldn't mind reading the next book in this series at some point, if there is one. This was a quick, easy and enjoyable fantasy read. I'd probably pass both this book and book one on to my niece to read.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lauren Stoolfire

    I won a copy of this through the Goodreads First Reads Program. If Timothy Hayfield knew what kinds of secrets his grandmother, Mattie, had been keeping from him, and the danger and adventure waiting for him during what he thought was going to be a regular summer vacation in Mayfield, then he might have stayed behind. Who knew what kind of decisions could lead to adventures in the unknown parts of his family's estate. He quickly learns that worlds, kings, and battles hang in the balance if only he I won a copy of this through the Goodreads First Reads Program. If Timothy Hayfield knew what kinds of secrets his grandmother, Mattie, had been keeping from him, and the danger and adventure waiting for him during what he thought was going to be a regular summer vacation in Mayfield, then he might have stayed behind. Who knew what kind of decisions could lead to adventures in the unknown parts of his family's estate. He quickly learns that worlds, kings, and battles hang in the balance if only he wishes it, as a Prince of Earth. This enchanting middle-grade fairy tale would be perfect for young readers. The premise behind the story is so cool and fascinating. It's really a lot of fun to be immersed in these worlds. Book two definitely relies on the reader already being familiar with the story of the first book, so I really recommended that you read In The Window Room first. Like I said of the first book, I'll say for this too. I really wish the narrator wouldn't break in as often as he does, in the text or through footnotes, throughout the story. It took me a little while to get back into this writing style, but the story itself is solid. Overall, this is a fantastic return to a faraway world perfect for middle-grade fantasy fans.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Betsy

    I was a Goodreads First Reads winner of A Prince of Earth, receiving both Books 1 and 2 of The Histories of Earth series from Steven J Carroll, the author. (The first book, In The Window Room, was sent to provide the background for the second book, A Prince of Earth.) The first part of A Prince of Earth built out new characters in the familiar & charming English countryside setting. However, nothing was typical about the adventures our young hero, Timothy Hayfield, and his new friend, Barbara Ch I was a Goodreads First Reads winner of A Prince of Earth, receiving both Books 1 and 2 of The Histories of Earth series from Steven J Carroll, the author. (The first book, In The Window Room, was sent to provide the background for the second book, A Prince of Earth.) The first part of A Prince of Earth built out new characters in the familiar & charming English countryside setting. However, nothing was typical about the adventures our young hero, Timothy Hayfield, and his new friend, Barbara Cholley, would experience on two separate worlds! The author's vivid word pictures were delightful! I'm betting my Grandson will enjoy A Prince of Earth even more than he did the first book of the series!

  5. 5 out of 5

    BeenBunz

    A great sequel to the first installment!!! As captivating and enchanting as ever. Didn't even want to put it down!!! Definitely a guilty pleasure for grown-ups wanting to read a light novel that transports them back to their childhood days. A place for every grown-up kid with bits of Alice in Wonderland, Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter mixed in. When is Book 3 coming out.. can't wait!!! A great sequel to the first installment!!! As captivating and enchanting as ever. Didn't even want to put it down!!! Definitely a guilty pleasure for grown-ups wanting to read a light novel that transports them back to their childhood days. A place for every grown-up kid with bits of Alice in Wonderland, Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter mixed in. When is Book 3 coming out.. can't wait!!!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    ** In compliance with FTC guidelines, I disclose that I received this book for free through Goodreads Giveaways.** *Note: after reading #3, I've gone back and amended (read upgraded) my ratings of Books 1 & 2 to reflect the series as a whole and discount the grammar error and typos I was fortunate enough to win the entire 4-book series from Carroll, for which I am grateful! 3.5 stars here--better than the first, but perhaps that can be attributed to the fact that I read it shortly after finishing ** In compliance with FTC guidelines, I disclose that I received this book for free through Goodreads Giveaways.** *Note: after reading #3, I've gone back and amended (read upgraded) my ratings of Books 1 & 2 to reflect the series as a whole and discount the grammar error and typos I was fortunate enough to win the entire 4-book series from Carroll, for which I am grateful! 3.5 stars here--better than the first, but perhaps that can be attributed to the fact that I read it shortly after finishing up the first so I was still accustomed to Carroll's narrative style...he writes as though he's recording history for the ages, à la stories that were passed down by word-of-mouth for ages before being written down. Plot-wise, this book picks up several years after Book 1 ends...(**spoiler alter**) as in Mattie's grandson is the lead character. He and a girl from Mayfield stumble upon the Window Room, and Mattie explains it to them, to the point of taking them with her. While there, they encounter all manner of problems: giants, a dragon, an enemy (or two or ten or...), an evil scientist, etc. Timothy (the grandson of Mattie) matures quite a bit in this book, as one is wont to do when thrown into situations such as those in the book. Carroll wraps up the book in the end, though I'd say you're better off not reading it as a stand-alone. Book 1 is somewhat of a prerequisite to understanding the book fully. Style-wise, I found Book 2 better than Book 1. Again, the style is such that it lends itself better to being read aloud, maybe at bedtime or at a library storytime. The author interjected less, which let the story flow. I thought Carroll did a great job with the speed, especially right up until and during the denouement. He chopped up the chapters and switched between the two narratives seamlessly, all the while making the reader want to know what was going on in two places at once. His asides to the reader weren't as intrusive here, but rather eloquent in some places. For instance, "I shall try my best to be brief, but bear it in mind, that to condense the wealth of someone's life down to only a few pages is no small task. Especially if they'd made for themselves such a full life, as Matilde had" (4). Carroll's description of exhausting the dragon's lungs one last time to ignite their fire was great: "he told them to stand aside as he pressed his hefty leather boots against a set of folds on the dragon's neck, and with that, one final funnel of flames scorched out of the beast's open mouth, setting ablaze the coals and any damp firewood that had remained unburned" (101). As for editing, I'm not sure who does Carroll's editing, but s/he may only have had one eye open whilst doing a read-through. I didn't even note everything I saw, but here are a few: "pouring over her studies" (10...I think he meant pore) "It screamed with all violence, preparing to lunged at the children" (100...lunge/lunged) "her face seemed to be saddened for sometime (175...some time describes an amount of time because some is describing how much time; sometime as one word is adverbial and can be defined as some random future time) "No, it's one of his younger son's, Tahan" (175...sons plural, not son's possessive) As I stated in my review on #1, I like the print of the book. The covers are interesting (visually and texture-wise), and the font (specifically for the chapter titles) is unique,with an air of whimsy to match the story. If you're still in a rocking chair reading this as a bedtime story, buckle up because you'll start rocking faster and faster to keep up with the pace!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Wendy

    "A Prince of Earth" the second in "The Histories of Earth" series by Steven J. Carroll which I won through Goodreads Giveaways is an exciting adventure where three light travellers are flung into the heart of a war on Gleomu. It begins with Timothy Hayfield's visit to his grandmother at Greyford House on the grounds of the Mayfield School for Girls. Although Tim is resistant to the summer holiday, it is anything but boring when he, a new friend Barbara Cholley and his grandmother Matilde (Hardy) "A Prince of Earth" the second in "The Histories of Earth" series by Steven J. Carroll which I won through Goodreads Giveaways is an exciting adventure where three light travellers are flung into the heart of a war on Gleomu. It begins with Timothy Hayfield's visit to his grandmother at Greyford House on the grounds of the Mayfield School for Girls. Although Tim is resistant to the summer holiday, it is anything but boring when he, a new friend Barbara Cholley and his grandmother Matilde (Hardy) Wolcott are hurled across the universe on "an unearthly shot of light" to the city of Ismere to celebrate the birthday of King Cowan. What he doesn't expect is to have his world turned upside down after his grandmother is kidnapped, to be confronted by a malicious dragon and to be challenged by the king of the giants and his army. Reminiscent of C.S. Lewis's Narnia novels, Steven J. Carroll sets the stage in a magical and peaceful land ruled by King Cowan and his Queen Delany. On Earth Delaney Calbefur one of the heroines in the novella "In the Window Room" is thought dead, murdered by her friend Mattie Hardy who has since married, mothered three children and is the grandmother of Timothy Hayfield. In an mesmerizing adventure with twists and turns that keep you guessing from the first chapter to a surprising ending, Mattie, Timothy and Barbara are whisked away to Ismere where a message is received at the birthday feast; one that will have the King, thirty-nine men and Mattie racing north to the city of Hrim. When Tim discovers his grandmother has been captured by giants who razed the city, he and Barbara follow a trail that will lead them to an invisible English manor and a dangerous secret that could not only impact Gleomu but Earth. The plot is fast-paced and filled with wit, humor and a dash of science. Skilfully Steven J. Carroll uses handwritten letters detailing Matilde's journey to give reality to the adventure and to build tension and suspense as Timothy realizes that he and Barbara have to return to Ismere to help her. In the story the characters grow from the experience especially Timothy who at first seems hot-headed, rude and impulsive. With every new challenge he takes on the traits of a "Prince of Earth" becoming selfless, observant , clever and courageous. Similarly Barbara Cholley, a young girl abandoned at Mayfield by parents who aren't very affectionate and have been bitten by wanderlust agrees in her weakness and fear to break into Greyford House. Like Timothy she matures with the experience becoming resourceful, considerate and brave . Of the familiar characters from "In the Window Room" Matilde (Mattie) Woolcott who guards the secrets hidden in the attic study is loyal, tenacious and cautious; Queen Delaney fair, honest and quick-witted; and Prince Cowan, caring, just and intrepid. In this well-written and riveting story antagonists like Darius D'Moncure an English scientist and Atilion, the giant king are arrogant, cruel, heartless and power-hungry. Like all the characters they add spice, drama and energy to an imaginative adventure. "A Prince of Earth" answered all the questions I had after reading "In the Window Room" with the panache and excitement of an adventure that captures your heart and mind. The well-developed characters and plot will engross middle-schoolers and young of all ages from the first page to the last. I can't wait to read the next two books to see what's in-store for the light travellers. Kudos to Steven J. Carroll for a thrilling journey light years from earth.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lacey

    Another one sent through the giveaways and I'm glad the author did this so then I don't have to wait to continue the journey. Very well written! Another one sent through the giveaways and I'm glad the author did this so then I don't have to wait to continue the journey. Very well written!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Vermicious Knids

    The second book of the series, it is still as beautifully written as the first. I found the writing improved from the first book as the adventure story was fleshed out a bit. I was sadly dismayed to see, that the original characters from the first book, are now all grown up and I feel a bit jilted about being left out. I had some difficulty liking the characters in this book, with the exception of Barbara’s story and character. I found Timothy to be a bit of a tiresome little toady at times, th The second book of the series, it is still as beautifully written as the first. I found the writing improved from the first book as the adventure story was fleshed out a bit. I was sadly dismayed to see, that the original characters from the first book, are now all grown up and I feel a bit jilted about being left out. I had some difficulty liking the characters in this book, with the exception of Barbara’s story and character. I found Timothy to be a bit of a tiresome little toady at times, though he did improve thankfully. Even though the book said he cared for his grandmother, I just wasn’t feeling it. So in ways, this book didn’t hook me as much as the first, as Timothy just irritated me. But of course, he is the hero, the prince, the David and the Goliath giant killer so one should like him, but I just couldn’t. The book, despite its many dangerous adventures, seemed a bit bland to me. I place the blame entirely Timothy, poor dear, as I just don’t click with him so take my review with a grain of salt. Dragons and giants on a rescue mission kept the story moving forward at a good pace. Oh, and just when one thinks it is safe, the story becomes Grimm’s fairytale-ish with the mysterious house of Darius D’Moncure. I delved into the book at this point, but alas, twas science, not magic that enchanted the house. Vexing to me was the lack of explanation regarding the mystery behind the food and its effect on some. Was it magic, or science? And how did Asa know not to eat? The juxtaposition between science and magic in this series at times baffles me. Sort of like mashing C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia with his Space Trilogy. Even so, this was my favorite part of the book. Creepy and kept me in suspense. All in all, this is a pretty decent adventure book for a middle-school child. And extra points for fine vocabulary and wholesomeness. Probably a 4 star rating for that age range, but 3 for me on a personal level, so I will grant it a 3.5. I do also like that the book included grandparents in the adventure. Not often seen and I appreciate the addition of this factor. Disclosure: I read a free copy of the book in return for my candid review. Be assured, my opinion is honest, and I do not owe or know the author/publisher. I sincerely thank the author for sending me the first three books in the series.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Hannah Woupio

    I'm going to start off by saying that I got this In a Goodreads Firstreads giveaway, just so I don't forget. Also, the amazing author sent me the first book in the series as well, even though it wasn't part of the giveaway! (I had it marked to-read, and in my 'Books I want' shelf) Anyway, to the book! The STORY, well, the story was fantastic! Magical, and whimsical, and everything. Better than the first one, even though it's mostly new characters and all that. (Also, you do need to read the firs I'm going to start off by saying that I got this In a Goodreads Firstreads giveaway, just so I don't forget. Also, the amazing author sent me the first book in the series as well, even though it wasn't part of the giveaway! (I had it marked to-read, and in my 'Books I want' shelf) Anyway, to the book! The STORY, well, the story was fantastic! Magical, and whimsical, and everything. Better than the first one, even though it's mostly new characters and all that. (Also, you do need to read the first book before you read this one. Nothing will make sense otherwise.) However, the writing felt sort of forced at times, rather meandering and a bit like an attempt at an old fashioned fairy tale. *gasp* (I just said something critical, I feel like I should get an achievement sticker or something) It wasn't that big of a deal for me, I mean, I'll read anything, but it didn't feel like it was vastly and painstakingly edited. Also, in favor of this novel, I'll say that there are plenty of other, hugely popular books that I've read, that seem to have some of the same small editing problems. The first that come to mind are: the Heroes of Olympus series (yes, I love it anyway), and Twilight (....No comment) But yes, the next time my little sister asks for something to read these books will be on the list. ;)

  11. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    This is a goodreads first-reads win! This is the second book in The Histories of Earth series. This book is well written and the characters and story are more developed then those of the first book. I enjoyed the author's commentaries even though I thought they took away from the story several times. This story continues from the first, but Matilde and Delaney are now old women. Matilde's grandson, Timothy and his friend Barbara are the two children who enter the world of Gleomu, this time. Matil This is a goodreads first-reads win! This is the second book in The Histories of Earth series. This book is well written and the characters and story are more developed then those of the first book. I enjoyed the author's commentaries even though I thought they took away from the story several times. This story continues from the first, but Matilde and Delaney are now old women. Matilde's grandson, Timothy and his friend Barbara are the two children who enter the world of Gleomu, this time. Matilde, Timothy, and Matilde's husband are considered the Queen, Prince, and King of Earth and there's an evil man named Darius who is trying to make his way back to Earth. There are battles, banquets, and fights against giants. It's a pretty exciting story.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Escober

    I received a free copy of this book through Goodreads. The book was a really great improvement from the first one. It was very detailed, and there was a lot of action, which I liked. The plot was very interesting, and diverse. Overall, I really liked this book. This book is about Matilde's grandson Timothy, and his later to be friend, Barbara. Matilde ends up telling them about Gleomu, and they go along with her to king Corwan's celebration. They also meet Delany, King Corwan's wife. Little they I received a free copy of this book through Goodreads. The book was a really great improvement from the first one. It was very detailed, and there was a lot of action, which I liked. The plot was very interesting, and diverse. Overall, I really liked this book. This book is about Matilde's grandson Timothy, and his later to be friend, Barbara. Matilde ends up telling them about Gleomu, and they go along with her to king Corwan's celebration. They also meet Delany, King Corwan's wife. Little they did they know, the journey that laid ahead of them. They had to save Matilde, and retrieve Wilbur, Matilde's husband, from a man with evil intensions. All while forces of Giants are threatening to destroy their kingdom.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

    I received this book free through Goodreads first reads. After enjoying part one of the histories of earth, I took a little break from it, but now have completed reading part two 'A Prince of Earth'. This book is considerably longer than the first one, but I think I enjoyed this one more than the first part. The book carries on the adventure, and like the first one, it is a good clean, not too scary read to give to an older child/teen. I received this book free through Goodreads first reads. After enjoying part one of the histories of earth, I took a little break from it, but now have completed reading part two 'A Prince of Earth'. This book is considerably longer than the first one, but I think I enjoyed this one more than the first part. The book carries on the adventure, and like the first one, it is a good clean, not too scary read to give to an older child/teen.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Andrea Chairez

    I won this book in the first readers giveaway. Along with this book, I also received the first book in the series. I enjoyed both books. I think "A Prince on Earth" is a great book for young readers and will be passing it on to my children to read. I think the author did amazing job in telling the story and keeping you entertained. I won this book in the first readers giveaway. Along with this book, I also received the first book in the series. I enjoyed both books. I think "A Prince on Earth" is a great book for young readers and will be passing it on to my children to read. I think the author did amazing job in telling the story and keeping you entertained.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Glen

    I won this book in a goodreads drawing. A couple of kids go to another world and have some pretty decent adventures, encountering Giants and a Dragon, and a mad scientist. Pretty exciting. My only caveat is that this world seems a bit generic.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Marielle

    Loved the adventure

  17. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    First reads winner!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Lori

    A fine English fairy tale. The writer draws the imagination in. Clear wording and explanations. Creative and knowlegde giving.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Rhonda

  20. 4 out of 5

    James Lynam

  21. 5 out of 5

    anindya salian

  22. 4 out of 5

    Roy Wano

  23. 4 out of 5

    Christine

  24. 4 out of 5

    Chris

  25. 4 out of 5

    Gay L.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Aisha-Kimberly Hashmi

  27. 5 out of 5

    Caroline Anastasia Mccaskill

  28. 4 out of 5

    Steven Carroll

  29. 5 out of 5

    Katie

  30. 4 out of 5

    Tammy Flores

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