I've heard it is very good book. Michaela It's not a waste of time to read. I certainly don't regret reading the book either, however there are some cons along with pros for this book.
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Summarizing: The main character Max and his three friends play a game similar to "Dungeons and Dragons" The place they play is an antiquities shop and the owner plans their adventures that they play out through special cards that are so rare and were supposedly once played by King Arthur and his knights of the round table.
The girl in their group even dresses like an elf to get into the mindset of playing the game. Now the cards are NOT like in "Jumanji" where you play the game and the creatures come out to kill you and you have to finish the game to return them to the game. However they are more a training game that the owner of the antiquities shop uses to help introduce these important children to the world.
When Max discovers a book that was kept by his grandfather of a bunch of mystical beings filling it's pages that were identical to that of the cards He alone since he is the man's grandson can open the book he is curious.
Hears a voice in his head and repeats magical words that release two creatures Morgan Le Fey shows up and there are some interesting characters including the Knights Templars are thrown into the mix bringing it to a climactic save-the-world from evil themed book. So if you are an adult don't expect big words and fancy writing. It's inteligently written, but it Is for Young Adults. I found it a decent read but since I am not too interested in Dungeons and Dragons myself and it seems to have been inspired by Chris Van Allsburg's "Jumanji" and "Zathura" but not by much and written by someone who probably plays Dungeons and Dragons or the card game Magic, makes me not entirely in love with this book.
But that is because I am biased in that way. Give this book a shot. I was surprised. Perhaps I will read it again later and see if my biases change. It's worth a shot. Does anyone know when the book took place? Ryan Biesiada The book takes place in the 21st century. See all 5 questions about The Revenge of the Shadow King…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews.
Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Sep 12, Jenny rated it it was ok. I was disappointed with this book because I think it tried to be too many things for too many audiences. This is another ARC I picked up at work, set for publication in March , and clearly trying to be the next Harry Potter, not just in sales but in plot and character as well.
Tragically the writing is nowhere near as good as JKR.
I did like some of the connections and stretches of imagination the authors came up with, but most of it was trite or it came flying in from left field. N Sigh. No sense of pacing! So frustrating. The most disappointing thing for me, though, was the fact that it was set in a small town in Minnesota, but it might as well have been set on moon for all the sense it made. There was a chapel in the gothic style that had "obviously been there for hundreds of years. Reality kept snapping back my imagination over things like that.
Maybe non-native-Minnesotans won't share my issues. Anyway, not a bad young reader which is, of course, its genre but it's no Harry Potter.
Monsters in the Shadow: My Life, a True Story
Which is too bad. View 1 comment. Mar 09, Stef rated it did not like it. Trite - don't bother - Here's some other recommendations Don't bother with this book. The story has potential but it's writen for a reader that is assumed to be completely unintelligent and so are the characters. Example: Kids are told not to do something No story build up, no circumstance that forces the kids into it. Example: Here's a common writing method in this book He was confused. The wri Trite - don't bother - Here's some other recommendations The writer doesn't have to spell it out for the reader because the character says it himself View all 6 comments.
Nov 16, Kathy Davie rated it it was ok Shelves: action , homey , children , fantasy , history. The story is a fun idea, but too hokey for me. Normally, I adore anything fantasy. Throw King Arthur in and I'm there. The need for it just suddenly jumps in. As for Max finding the Codex. Oh, boy. Then that scene in which Max's mother insists that his backpack be slipped under Hannah's stroller was so lame.
Put a little effort into thinking. Somehow the Shadow becomes the Shadow King, who doesn't seem as menacing as I would have expected. It's rather melodramatic and just too obvious in so many of the characterizations. Of course, the deus ex machina at the end was just the frosting on the cake. Nimmo was right.
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It "has all the ingredients that make for great fantasy". It's too bad the writing isn't up to it. It's almost an insult to the intelligence of children. I won't be going on to book 2. The Story It's been a horrible year for Max.
His parents have divorced, and it seems as if his father has forgotten him. It's an ache that is forced into the background when the truth of the game comes out, and Max, Harley, Ernie, and Natalia must battle the monsters leaping out of the Codex Spiritus. Their town, their very world is being overrun by monsters and menacing woods, by plants that grow tens of feet over night, taking over homes and farms.
Weather that rages. If Max and his friends fail…so fails our world. The Characters Grayson " Max " Sumner is the hero character and eleven years old…and a direct descendant of King Arthur. His family is rich, the kind that owns entire towns, megamalls, high-row towers, acreages of farmland. His parents, Annika Claiburn a former model and his dad, have just divorced.
Hannah is his eighteen-month-old sister. Rosa is the nanny and chief of staff…and much more of a mother than their own. The Scottish Logan is both driver and family bodyguard. Grandma Claiburn is a widow, her husband having died two years ago. Ursula is his father's assistant at Sumner Enterprises. The Grey Griffins are… …Max's close friends and the name of their club and role-playing team with Harley Davidson Eisenstein who lives with his poor mother as the Warden; Max as the Master of the Order; Ernie Tweeny , a candy-holic, is the secretary; and, brilliant and precocious Natalia Romanov who is all about protocol and traditions.
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Roscoe is Harley's enormous hunting dog. King's Elementary School is… …where the four attend school. Dennis Stonebrow is the primary bully; his father is a minister. Ray Fisher is Dennis' only friend and twice as evil. Fellow students include Brooke Lundgren , the most beautiful and popular girl in their class, and Scottie Johnson. Garvey is their homeroom teacher whose place is taken by Rhiannon Heen.
Gaspard "Piggy" Hamm is the principal. Diamonte Blackstone is a nasty, ill-tempered band instructor, acting assistant principal, and chief disciplinarian. The Jacobson farm is thought to be haunted. Thorvald is the keeper for the Chapel of the Mist on Lake Avalon. Loki is his big dog.
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Those Templars show up again. This time the explanation is that they were hiding the Codex and were betrayed by Morgan who poisoned Philip of France's mind against them. Her massive driver shapeshifts into a wolf.