Reading Level: Middle Grade
Length: 480 pages
Release Date: November 18, 2014
Stand Alone or Series: 2nd book in the Five Kingdoms series
Source: Borrowed from Library
Rating: 5/5 stars
This is the second book in the Five Kingdoms series by Mull. There will be five books in this series. The third book will be titled, Crystal Keepers, and is scheduled to release in March 2015. This book was just as fantastic as the first book in this series. Previously I have read Mull’s Fablehaven series (which I loved) and his Beyonders series (which was okay).
Cole is still trapped in the Outskirts. In this book he journey with Mira, Twitch, and Jace to the kingdom of Elloweer in hopes of discovering what sort of trouble Mira’s sister, Honor, is in. Elloweer is a fascinating kingdom where the magic our group of adventurers used in the last book doesn’t work, but there is a whole new type of magic. There are rumors of an evil magic taking over towns in Elloween and also of the powerful Rogue Knight. The Rogue Knight has been challenging for control of different keeps throughout Elloweer, the big question is is he a friend or foe?
This was another fantastic middle grade fantasy adventure filled with interesting characters, spectacular world-building, and some very cool magic. I love how each book takes us to a new kingdom with different types of magic and different problems.
I also have really enjoyed the whole concept that characters with major shaping magic can have that magic take life outside of them (sounds confusing but you would have to read the book to understand).
Cole also makes some pretty big discoveries about his own magical ability, although he is just starting to scratch the surface of what he is capable of. He finally tracks down some of his friends in this book and finds out what they have been up to during their time in the Outskirts.
We meet a dazzling array of new characters. They are all very intriguing and interesting. I really like how we get both female and male characters that are heroic and brave, it makes this book a great read for boys and girls alike. Mull has always been very good about making his books friendly to both genders.
Overall this was an absolutely fantastic read. This book got me even more excited to explore the rest of the Five Kingdoms in future novels. This has been a wonderful series full of magic and adventure. This book is filled withboth wonderful characters and spectacular world-building. This whole series is highly recommended to fans of middle grade fantasy!
This book goes towards the following reading challenges:
– You Read How Many Books? Reading Challenge