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Posted June 18, 2014
Curse of the Spider King
In all honesty I found myself banging my head a few time while reading this book. I found it a hard to follow the beginning of the story with it jumping around to many different places and with so many main characters. Several of the main characters I didn't connect with, causing those short sections to seem uninteresting to me. But then several of the other characters caught my attention and drew me deep into the story.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
The part where the kids touched the lettering on the Elf History books i really neat. It is exactly what happens readers (around the world, I'm sure) when they pick up a good book. I have experienced this with both author's previous books. It was not quite as strong a feeling with CotSK for me. But that could be partly due to me trying to stay distant from those spiders.
Over all this was a good book (I'm not just saying that, it's how I really feel), certainly not my favourite one to come from Mr. Batson and Mr. Hopper. They do leave you wondering when the bad guys are able to sneak one of their own into the Elven group. I'm sure that 'Venom and Song', the next book in the series, will be great and I am really looking forward to it.
Posted February 19, 2010
A forgettable fantasy?
This is the tale of seven young teens - each surprisingly talented - who discover almost too late that they are elf lords from another world. The evil Spider King wants nothing more than to eradicate the race of elves, so he sends his menacing Drefid assassins to track down and kill the seven elf lords, who are the key to their race's survival. Suddenly the seven, drawn from their homes in different parts of the world, are running from a force they didn't even know existed.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Curse of the Spider King was a book I was anxious to read. Unfortunately, I came away disappointed from the work of one of my favorite authors, Wayne Batson, which is not something I would have expected to do. I have to say I've never read any of Hopper's work, to be fair, but overall I found the story lacking.
The characters and story are somewhat underdeveloped, and the feeling was insensitive. Much better, I think, would have been to pare down the number of elven lords and elaborate more. I have to say I was disappointed with the flat characters. Overall, it seemed a rather stereotypical fantasy for young adults, but it was clean and would certainly be exciting for younger kids to read on their own. In spite of all that, the cliffhanger at the end will definitely be a reason for me to read Venom and Song, scheduled to be released this spring.
Posted February 5, 2011
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