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The Land of Mystery   By: (1840-1916)

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Edward Sylvester Ellis takes readers on an enchanting journey through his gripping novel, transporting them into The Land of Mystery. Set against the backdrop of the untamed American frontier, Ellis skillfully combines adventure, mystery, and discovery to create a captivating narrative that keeps readers hooked from beginning to end.

The plot follows young explorers as they embark on a perilous expedition deep into the heart of the wilderness, in search of answers to the mysteries that lurk within. Ellis's intricate world-building is evident, as he intricately describes the uncharted landscapes, rich with vivid and tantalizing details. Through his prose, he effortlessly transports readers into the era, allowing them to experience the sights, sounds, and challenges faced by the characters.

The diverse cast of characters adds depth and complexity to the narrative. From the resourceful and courageous lead to the enigmatic and alluring secondary characters, Ellis creates a tapestry of personalities that complement one another. Each character's arc unfolds organically, allowing readers to connect and empathize with their struggles, triumphs, and growth throughout the story.

The Land of Mystery is a well-paced novel that offers a seamless blending of suspense and action. Ellis masterfully keeps readers guessing at every turn, with unexpected twists and surprising revelations that add to the overall sense of intrigue. The tension builds gradually, creating a palpable sense of anticipation and excitement, which makes it difficult to put the book down.

One of the novel's strengths is its ability to seamlessly weave educational elements into the narrative without compromising the plot's momentum. Ellis incorporates fascinating historical and anthropological insights throughout the story, enlightening readers about the era and the cultures they encounter. This adds another layer of depth to the novel, making it not just an entertaining read but also an enriching one.

Although The Land of Mystery is undeniably engrossing, it does suffer from a few minor flaws. At times, the dialogue feels a bit stilted and overly formal, detracting slightly from the story's authenticity. Additionally, certain sequences could benefit from more nuanced exploration, allowing readers to delve deeper into the emotional complexities of the characters' experiences.

Despite these minor shortcomings, Edward Sylvester Ellis's The Land of Mystery is a fascinating and exhilarating read. His intricate world-building, well-developed characters, and skillful blend of mystery and adventure make for an engrossing and unforgettable journey. Fans of historical fiction and wilderness exploration will find this novel an absolute delight, as they become entranced by the enigmatic beauty and allure of The Land of Mystery.

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"Famous American Naval Commanders," "Jungle Fugitives," "Old Ironsides, The Hero of Tripoli and 1812," etc.

New York Hurst & Company Publishers Copyright 1889 by Frank Lovell Co. 1901 by Street & Smith




The blood red sun was sinking beyond the distant Geral Mountains, when a canoe, containing four white men and three natives, came to a halt a thousand miles from the mighty Amazon, in the upper waters of the Xingu River, near the great table land of Matto Grosso.

It was hard work, forcing the long shallow boat against the rapid current of the stream, whose unknown source is somewhere among the famous diamond regions of Brazil. It was plain sailing for three hundred leagues from the Amazon, from whose majestic volume the little party of explorers had turned southward more than a month before. The broad sail, which was erected in the centre of the craft, swept it smoothly along over the narrowing bosom of the Xingu, between luxuriant forests and past tribes of strange looking Indians, who stood on the banks staring wonderingly at the extraordinary beings, the like of which many of them had never seen before.

Occasionally the explorers put ashore, and, using only the language of signs, exchanged some of the beads and gaudy trinkets for the curious articles of the savages... Continue reading book >>

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