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The second book in Lindsay Cummings’s epic middle grade fantasy adventure trilogy, reminiscent of Journey to the Center of the EarthAlbert Flynn is psyched to return to the Core, the magical world at the center of the earth where Balance Keepers fix problems in three underground Realms. Last term, Albert and his Balance Keeper teammates Birdie and Leroy saved New York by fThe second book in Lindsay Cummings’s epic middle grade fantasy adventure trilogy, reminiscent of Journey to the Center of the EarthAlbert Flynn is psyched to return to the Core, the magical world at the center of the earth where Balance Keepers fix problems in three underground Realms. Last term, Albert and his Balance Keeper teammates Birdie and Leroy saved New York by fixing the Calderon Realm and were crowned First Unit, aka the Coolest Kids in the Core.Now Albert and his teammates have been called to the Core for an emergency training session…along with their archenemy, Hoyt. There’s a horrible Imbalance in the Ponderay Realm and they have only seven days before California will be swallowed by hurricanes, earthquakes, and tsunamis. Worse yet, it’s rumored there’s a traitor among them who is causing all this chaos. Will Albert, Leroy, and Birdie discover who’s been putting the Core—and the world above—in danger? Can they save Ponderay before California becomes an underwater wasteland forever?This second book in Lindsay Cummings’s epic fantasy adventure series is packed with fantastical creatures, perilous journeys, and the magic of choosing to do what’s right.Perfect for fans of Percy Jackson or Lisa McMann’s the Unwanteds series....

Title : The Pillars of Ponderay
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ISBN : 9780062275233
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Number of Pages : 384 Pages
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The Pillars of Ponderay Reviews

  • Lindsay Cummings
    2019-05-13 02:44

    ***gives her own book 5 stars***

  • Christina
    2019-04-28 08:47

    4.5 stars After adoring The Fires of Calderon, I was beyond excited to pick up the second book in the Balance Keepers trilogy by Lindsay Cummings entitled The Pillars of Ponderay. In this sequel, readers follow Albert, Leroy, and Birdie as they are called back to the Core for an emergency during the holiday season. There is an Imbalance in Ponderay, and Team Hydra competes against Team Argon to determine who will get the chance to enter the realm. I was a bit worried about how this second book would compare to the first, but I was happy to love The Pillars of Ponderay even more than The Fires of Calderon. While The Pillars of Ponderay certainly has moments of darkness, the book is such a joy to read. Albert and his friends are always determined to solve any problem, and I love how teamwork is a central theme in this story. Cummings also upped the ante with her plot in this book. I never knew where the story was going, or which characters to trust. I thought I had everything figured out, but in the end I was wrong! I love when a book has logical twists and turns, and I'm impressed that Cummings could keep me on my toes in this middle grade novel. Moreover, it was so much fun being in the Core during the holidays. We got to see what the Core is like when the surface-dwellers aren't there, and Team Hydra even gets to take part in a super secret scavenger hunt! I also adored learning more about Albert's family history. We get some more touching moments with Pap, and learn a bit about his time as a Balance Keeper. I hope we get even more time with Pap in the third book!In terms of my critique, I still do want more information on how the memory loss works when Balance Keepers leave the Core. Why do Balance Keepers lose their memories? Do they lose all knowledge, or just get fuzzy on the details? I'm not sure how this works. I also noticed that this book follows the same general format as The Fires of Calderon, but to me this makes sense as it is a middle grade book. It will be interesting to see what format the third book has. All in all, I am really loving the Balance Keepers series from Lindsay Cummings. It is so much fun, and it gives me a cozy feeling. I definitely want more people to read this series, and I'm surprised it's not talked about more. If you've read the first book and you are debating whether or not to continue, I highly recommend you do. The Pillars of Ponderay is an extremely strong sequel, and I look forward to finishing out the trilogy very soon.

  • Michelle
    2019-05-09 06:33

    My Review: This is book two, please note that it might contain spoilers if you have not read the first bookThis is without a doubt one of my favorite middle grade series. I read the first book last year and totally loved how different it was but it has the same feel, similar to Harry Potter in the way of the friendship between the characters and the secrets of the world they live in. The story brings Albert, Birdie and Leroy back to the Core during the off season of balance keeping. They usually spend the summer at the Core but during winter break something is amiss and the kids are called back to help save the world again. This time it looks like the realms have been sabotaged and might have been all along. It's up to Albert and his friends plus a few enemies to help get the world back into balance.I adore these kids, I love the bond they have they all take very good care of each other and love what they are able to do. Using there tiles they can control different things. If you read the first book you will know that the tiles give each holder a different sort of power that only works in the Core. I love how much the kids have grown in this book but not a lot, they still have a playfulness to them but you can see they are true heroes. This book has action and adventure from start to finish. I love books that get moving right at the beginning and since this is book two you already had the world build and character development so it was nice to jump right in. However the world build is like never ending since you have another realm to explore and the explanation takes you right into the action. All the twist and turns had me seriously at the edge of my seat wanting to make sure the kids and the core were going to be ok. At times I thought the story may have been a little rushed and some of the training seemed long but over all this was a very enjoyable read and the end left me wanting to find out what happens next. I am eager for the next book.This is a great series for MG, YA and Adults, packed with lots of adventure, action, humor and lots of twists & turn. This is one series that you will devour after the first page.Thank you so much for stopping by to check out my reviewHope you have a great day and Happy Reading!This review was originally posted on Because reading is better than real life

  • Trista
    2019-05-23 07:25

    The second book in The Balance Keepers series finds Albert and his friends returning to the core once again, this time to train and compete for the chance to enter the Ponderay realm. They're competing against Hoyt's team and their time away from the core hasn't made him any friendlier. The imbalance in Ponderay is getting worse every day and there are signs that there's a traitor among them, someone who has been causing the imbalances and putting the world at risk. Can Albert, Leroy, and Birdie put Ponderay back in balance before California is lost?I really enjoyed the first book in this series, The Fires of Calderon, so I was excited to see where this book would be taking the characters and what the realm of Ponderay would be like and what else would be learned about the core. The first book set up the world and characters so nicely and I was hoping for even more world-building and growth in the sequel. And I got it.One of my favourite things about this series was the friendship between the three main characters. They were there for each other, supporting each other, they worked as a team. They might disagree or bicker with each other but ultimately, they have each other's backs. All three showed more signs of growth in this book and I loved getting to see them coming into their own as Balance Keepers.Another thing I liked was that the training for Ponderay wasn't easy for them just because they'd been to Calderon. They still had to work hard and find each other's strengths in order to conquer the training grounds to be selected as the team going into Ponderay. Once in Ponderay, the descriptions of the realm were great. It was easy to picture what it would look like and it seemed terrifying but beautiful at the same time.The action never stopped so that made this a fast read. Whether it was the three friends training, learning more about the core or Ponderay, being in Ponderay, or just having fun with the other kids in the core, there was always something happening. It also set up the third(and last?) book for a great showdown between Albert and his friend, and the traitor and his master.* I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  • Micah DeGraw
    2019-05-18 04:39

    Summary: Albert goes to the Core during Christmas break, along with his other friends, Leroy and Birdie. When they get to the core, team Argon, the rivals of team Hydra, are beating Hydra in the pit. Then the Ponderay realm becomes unbalanced, and team Argon and team Hydra have to go to the realm together. Just when balance is about to be restored, Hoyt, a member of team argon, betrays them. But, just in time Albert restores balance to the realm.The lesson in this book is teamwork is the best way to win. In the Ponderay realm, Argon and Hydra had to work together to get to the center to restore balance. But at the end, Hoyt betrayed them which is another lesson; be loyal to your friends, or you will have none.Like/Didn't Like: I loved this book. The only part I didn't like was when stupid Hoyt betrayed not only Hydra, but his own teammates. This book made me have a lot of emotion. It was very exciting. I hope that more peolpe would read this book. I HATE HOYT SO MUCH!!!

  • Jan farnworth
    2019-05-26 04:54

    I love how this book was stronger in the action in adventure then the first book. It was perfect for a book two you knew the characters and how things worked so all that set up has all ready been taken care. You get all story and action. I also love how you are scared and on the edge of your seat all the way to last few chapters. I also love how not all the questions are solved in this book so their plenty of story left for another book or maybe a lot more books. Lots of potential for this book series.

  • david y biblioflick
    2019-05-06 09:36

    e-ARC is provided by edelweiss this book is way better than the first one.Action-packed, more mysterious, more weird but quite awesome CORE creatures and we are introduced to (view spoiler)[ another type of tiles - the special tiles. (hide spoiler)] The construction of the Ponderay realm is really good plus and the scenes where they try to regain the balance of the Realm is breathtaking. And the ending!!! Another cliffhanger - can't wait to read the last book in the trilogy.

  • Sarena Nanua
    2019-05-05 09:51

    Absolutely loved the second installment in the Balance Keepers series!! Review to come soon

  • LeonaCarstairs
    2019-05-13 07:36

    This sequel is just as entertaining and fun as the first book! I recommend this book for 8-12 year olds. These adventures are great.

  • Becky B
    2019-05-15 05:52

    It's almost Christmas when another imbalance in a realm starts threatening the core, and the entire Earth. This time it is the imbalance is in Ponderay. A land of rock formations and a cold, cold sea. The imbalance seems to have been sabotage by one of the Core's own to have followed so closely on the heals of the imbalance in Calderon. Albert and his two Hydra teammates are called in specially to the core to train against team Argon for the chance to enter the realm and right the balance. Hydra thinks this should be a piece of cake, they beat Argon consistently during the summer, but this time seems to be different. And the training for Ponderay in the Pit is proving very difficult. Can Hydra pull it together before the imbalance gets worse?I wasn't as enthralled with this one as with the first Balance Keepers book. I spent the first half of the book wondering why they were even bothering with the competition and not just training both teams to go in together if the world was in such dire straights. And eventually (view spoiler)[they end up doing just that, so I was right (hide spoiler)] the competition element was pointless except to drum up tension and excitement in the story. While they were in Ponderay I also had some serious logical problems with the crisis that happens (view spoiler)[they are switching tiles on top of pillars to restore the ballance, they find out that taking out more than two at a time causes really bad things to happen, they finally figure out the code as to which tile goes where, and for some reason they decide to keep the first two tiles they pulled out until the very end?! Those should have been the easiest to plug in! And while those two are still out, there's a petty argument about who gets to put in the last tile...but if two more tiles are still out, then the tile they are fighting over isn't the last tile...it just didn't make sense (hide spoiler)]. Those two issues spoiled the book a bit for me. I still love the imagination put into the Core and the Balance Keepers, and the first book has proven to be a reliable book that satisfies kids who are craving a fantasy/adventure book. I loved the jackalopes in this one. I just wish the editing had been a little tighter. This one just rode on the coattails of the first book a bit too much for my taste.Notes on content: No language issues. No sexual content. The kids face some dangerous situations both in the Pit while training and in the realm, but no one suffers any lasting serious injuries.

  • Kayla Eklund
    2019-05-19 02:37

    *NOTE: This is a review of the entire trilogy.*I'd heard great things about Lindsay Cumming's The Murder Complex duology. I hadn't heard many things about her Balance Keepers trilogy, but I had been wanting to read a lot of middle grade fantasy books lately, so I figured I'd try it before The Murder Complex. I ended up loving it. In fact, I loved it so much that I read the entire trilogy in two days, which is no easy feat considering the size of the books.I loved everything about The Balance Keepers trilogy. I can't think of one thing I disliked about it. It reminded me of Harry Potter, combined with parts of Ender's Game, and brought back a lot of nostalgic feelings for both series. I loved how fast paced the series was. There was never a single moment where I was bored, or wanted to put the book down. It was interesting to see how the main characters used their resources to solve the problems in the realms. There were some that I didn't think they were going to be able to solve, but they did in surprising, and shocking ways.I loved each and every one of the characters. I don't think i could pick a favorite if I tried. Each one of them had something unique to bring into the trilogy. The three main characters reminded me a bit of Harry, Ron, and Hermione from the Harry Potter series. Even though I didn't like him at first, I even ended up liking Hoyt. He might be a jerk at first, but in the end, he redeemed himself, and became one of my favorite characters.I was not prepared for this trilogy to end. As I turned the last few pages of The Traitor of Belltroll, it felt like I was losing a home, and a friend. I really hope that Lindsay Cummings writes a spin off series. Maybe she could write one where the main characters are older, and making their decision about whether to live there all the time. However, I'd be happy with any sort of spin off series in this world. I'm not above begging, pleading, and groveling to make this happen. This will definitely be a series I buy physical copies of, read multiple times, and probably read to the children in my life. I'm more than slightly addicted to this trilogy. I really do wish more people would read it.

  • Luke Hu
    2019-05-17 05:37

    Albert Flynn is a special boy, for one he saved the world. He also knows that the core of the Earth is actually hollow, and it needs to be stable in order to prevent cataclysmic chaos on the world above. At the core, Albert trains to be the best he could be. He has special and rare tile that gives him many different abilities, and he is going to need it since the core is imbalanced again, and finding balance is key to saving the world. The imbalance is to be found at the realm Ponderay, and Albert has to compete with another team, with his team, to decide who is going to go in Ponderay to restore balance. This book has very intense parts. Albert and his friends are most of the time, competing, hiding, or is being limited by time, so this book is mainly composed of action scenes, which makes this book very exciting, all the time. Albert and his team went up against team Argon many times in the book, and all the times were exciting. Sometimes they had to climb up a large pillar, that’s spinning, with handholds that collapses, and finally water below the pillar full of dangerous sea creatures. So these competitions are usually intense, suspenseful, and very descriptive. This book is for everyone who loves fantasy, and especially people who enjoyed the Harry Potter series, since this book is like another version of harry potter. This book could be for 3rd graders and up, the book isn’t too violent, and there is no harsh language, a lot of the language is actually slang, which young people will enjoy. So all that makes it perfect for elementary students and up.

  • Marlana
    2019-05-22 06:42

    Lindsay Cummings delivers again with a narrative just as thrilling and captivating as The Fires of Calderon. Do I sound like a fangirl? Probably because I am. Albert, Leroy, and Birdie are three dimensional characters who you can't help rooting for and caring about. We learn even more about the Core as our heroes return and we face yet another realm in imbalance. The plot is fast paced and will keep the reader enthralled. It does end on a bit of a cliffhanger, but in a way that feels satisfying and true to the story.I look forward to the next book in the series.

  • Hayden
    2019-05-03 07:46

    Wow I can't believe it how many books will there be in the series I need to know now and when does this book comes out?Edit: This is behind us now.The book was amazing. It had all of the great things the first book had. The first book was a little bit better, but you can't have perfection, can you? Anyway, this book had plenty of new things, even if it is the second time around. That's not a bad thing, though! The Pillars of Ponderay just enriched the Core and gave us a peek into how vastly different and interesting each realm is! Can't wait for the Belltroll one!

  • Kevin Lau
    2019-05-07 03:24

    It's rare to see a sequel be better than it's predecessor, especially in a planned trilogy where the second books usually feel like a filler. However, Lindsay Cummings manages to not only continue the overarching plot, but also gives us more insight of the characters. This book was very character-driven compared to the last one and the action was a lot easier to follow. The stakes were raised, more sacrifices had to be made, and it all ends with another cliffhanger that has me pumped for the finale!

  • Sophie Zamora
    2019-05-15 05:35

    This is a great book for kids and adults with dreams, or for those who like a little adventure once in a while. Every time I read this book I get this wonderful feeling in the pit of my stomach. It's like I don't want it to end, but it makes me want to shut the book. It has deep words and I actually know or understand the characters emotions, just by reading the text. I think that Lindsay Cummings put a lot of thought in this book. Overall, I think Ms.Cummings is a great author and everyone should appreciate her writing.

  • San Diego Book Review
    2019-04-30 04:53

    Reviewed by Christina LingThis is a video review for Balance Keepers and can be seen on our website.You can read this entire review at San Diego Book Review

  • Sean
    2019-05-06 07:39

    WOW! AMAZING! Great new characters and the new traitor aspect to the book kept the book suspenseful.

  • PWRL
    2019-05-08 07:25

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  • Calvin Grover
    2019-05-02 05:37

    THis is my favorite book. I highly recommend this book to people who have read the first Balance Keepers book. I like the action and cliff hanging and things like that.

  • Sarah
    2019-05-22 07:33

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  • Mrs.Heather Lassley
    2019-05-26 06:35

    What a wonderful follow up to the first Balance Keepers book! I cannot wait to share this with my students in the fall!

  • Miney
    2019-05-07 10:43

    I thought it was grabbing