Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Curse of the Spider King by Wayne Thomas Batson and Christopher Hopper

The Curse of the Spider King: Book 1 in the Berinfell Prophecies

By: Wayne Thomas Batson and Christopher Hopper

Ages: 12 - 17

Curse of the Spider King is the first in a fantasy trilogy for middle grade readers.  It's co-written by Wayne Thomas Batson and Christopher Hopper, both individual writers as well.  This brand new series is about seven 13-year olds from various parts of Earth who find each other in a mysterious way. They are gathered together to grasp their destiny. They're really elves who were brought here as infants to protect them from the Spider King when he ransacked the elven kingdom, Allyra. Now that they're teens their powers are revealed and the Spider King has rediscovered their whereabouts. To quash them will eliminate the hope of the elf remnant in Allyra, but those who've been watching over the growing children are determined to see their charges safely home.

I enjoyed this book quite a bit.  One thing I like about reading teen fantasy is they are usually clean.  When you start getting into adult fantasy novels, they usually end up being geared around certain activities vs the story.  This story can get to be a bit much since there are 7 main characters.  I think if you have an on level reader or above reader, they will enjoy this story.   My 12 year still has a few years I  believe.  She doesn't like reading, so I haven't set this book out for her yet.  I think she might get into it more when she hits 13.

Description: Fantasy. Mystery. Action. Humor. Parents, teachers, and librarians will no longer have to push kids to read-The Berinfell Prophesies will engage intermediate readers and leave them clamoring for more.
The Seven succeeding Elven Lords of Allyra were dead, lost in the Siege of Berinfell as babes.  At least that's what everyone thought until tremors from a distant world known as Earth, revealed strange signs that Elven blood lived among its peoples. With a glimmer of hope in their hearts, sentinels are sent to see if the signs are true. But theirs is not a lone errand. The ruling warlord of Allyra, the Spider King, has sent his own scouts to hunt down the Seven and finish the job they failed to complete many ages ago.

Now 13-year-olds on the brink of the Age of Reckoning when their Elven gifts will be manifest, discover the unthinkable truth that their adoptive families are not their only kin. With mysterious Sentinels revealing breathtaking secrets of the past, and dark strangers haunting their every move, will the young Elf Lords find the way back to the home of their birth? Worlds and races collide as the forces of good and evil battle.  Will anyone escape the Curse of the Spider King?

Put out by: Thomas Nelson

Price: $14.99

You can purchase at Amazon as well ~ Curse of the Spider King: The Berinfell Prophecies Series - Book One

Disclosure: Thomas Nelson provided complimentary copies to Mama Buzz reviewers for the purposes of this blog tour.

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