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 best-selling "fanciful, action-packed adventure" (Publishers Weekly) Five Kingdoms series, from the author of the Fablehaven and Beyonders series.
Cole and his friends have made it to the fourth of the five kingdoms that comprise the Outskirts - Necronum, land of the dead. New allies and new dangers await....
©2016 Brandon Mull (P)2016 Simon & Schuster
I loved the book.
Cole is a great hero. He does not always make the correct decisions, and even though he beats himself up for this, he keeps going. There is a time he complains it is too hard, but he keeps going. So while he is not perfect, he is not disappointing.
something different happens to the power of each of the princesses, and what happens to Destiny’s power is completely appropriate. I do not want to give anything away. I will just say her power is rather wiled
This story is a little dark and creepy, but what else can be expected. Not only do they have to deal with dead people and people who can tell the future, but they have to go into the realm of the dead. So let’s put in a couple of bantering heroes to lighten things up.
You will also fine old friends as well as a couple you may not expect. Again no spoilers.
Story seemed confusing to me and overall plot had no real point in taking the story forward. Mull is a good writer but some of the places, events and extra redundant quests just seemed like a lot of wasted pages. I will definitely get the last book but hoping for a grand finish like the Beyonders.
This series is amazing. This is definitely better than the Harry Potter books and the only drawback is that the next book isn't coming out until 2017! This is a great read.
Riveted. Satisfying ending but still looking forward to the final installment! The array of Brandon Mull's clever ideas continues to impress this humanities major--absolutely loved the use of music and the obvious deep thought put into this kingdom. There were several similarities to some of the elements in Rick Riordan's second Percy Jackson series, such as the spectral yet lovable black horse, but even these elements were every bit appropriate and enjoyable. Also enjoyed the well done reading, smooth tone of voice and various characters, but I'm a little spoiled after those magnificent final Fablehaven volumes and my five star ratings are tough to garner. Thank you for this book, Brandon, we continue to relish your work.
I really enjoyed the surprises, world concepts and characters in the first, second, and third books. I have no idea what happened here. It was an ego show throughout. Super repetitive and perfect reflections made our hero duller than a butter knife and grow about as well as a rock. Deus ex machina creeped in the last book and totally took over this one. No other characters did anything noteworthy and some interesting new characters made you wonder why they bothered to have names for all the page time or action they had. Most of it was explaining and the end was anticlimactic. Worse, our hero is becoming a stereotype where all other characters serve as either his audience or his google. The only part that seemed to be developed was the world. It makes me wonder if his publisher rushed him.
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