PRECIS: Orpheus Rising is a sparkling adventure of great beauty, danger, and the unexpected, with a climax that will move anyone to a sense of joy. A daring retelling of the Orpheus legend in modern guise, Sam and his father, John, set off to rescue Sam's lost mother, Madelyn, from "The Far Land of Fear" and "Dread City," a startling, imaginative view of the afterlife. A fantasy set in terms of Sam's 10 going on 11 imagination, they are joined by Lepanto, a very wise Elephant dressed in Edwardian elegance who likes to dance. Against all odds and with an unexpected sacrifice they reach a happy ending to their quest.
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