Reading Level: Middle Grade
Length: 512 pages
Release Date: March 15, 2016
Stand Alone or Series: 4th book in the Five Kingdoms series
Rating: 5/5 stars
“Trapped in a world where magic is powerful and dreams are real, Cole’s epic adventure continues in book four of the New York Times bestselling “fanciful, action-packed adventure” series (Publishers Weekly, starred review), from the author of the Fablehaven and Beyonders series.
Cole is about to face his biggest peril yet.
Since arriving in the Outskirts, Cole and his friends have fought monsters, challenged knights, and battled rampaging robots. But none of that has prepared them for Necronum.
In this haunting kingdom, it’s hard to tell the living from the dead, and secret pacts carry terrifying risks. Within Necronum lies the echolands, a waystation for the departed where the living seldom venture.
Still separated from his power, Cole must cross to the echolands and rely on his instincts to help rescue his friends. With enemies closing in, Cole risks losing everything to find the one thing that might save them.”
This was my favorite book yet in the Five Kingdoms series. I loved Necronum and the ghost realm theme. Cole faces some desperate trials and the action was non-stop. We also get to see more of Cole’s friends from Earth. Additionally there are some cameos from some of the characters from the Beyonders series.
I really enjoyed learning how and why the Five Kingdoms were formed; this was incredibly interesting. I also loved how the whole issue of Cole’s crippled power was dealt with.
Another excellent addition to the story was Destiny, aka Tessa. She was incredibly entertaining and had awesome powers that rivaled that of her sisters.
I am really enjoying how everything is coming together and can’t wait to see what happens in the final book of this series.
Overall I think this was the best book yet in the Five Kingdoms series. A lot happens in this book, it is fast-paced and entertaining. There is a lot of expansion on understanding the structure of the Five Kingdoms and on why magic works the way it does. Additionally we meet some excellent new characters. I would definitely recommend this series to fans of Mull’s previous books and to those who enjoy middle grade adventure fantasy.