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An amazing end to an amazing series!
This review can apply to the entire series.
The Droon series is the most amazing, and surprising, chapter book series ever. I am a teenager, and I am still totally hooked by the saga. The series is simple at first. Indeed, it can be almost... I wouldn't say boring, but just not as exciting, at least for the older kids. But after around book 6-ish, the pace starts to pick up, and it starts to get awesome. Droon's dark past is hinted at. As it turns out, things are not as simple as they seem. Lord Sparr, our main enemy, might be evil and all that, but he's not the worst of it.
Still, things stay simple for a while. Not at all uninteresting or anything, indeed, some of the best books in the series are in this part. But it all pales in comparison to the series after book 22. From then on, nothing is ever quite the same, and it starts to get REALLY awesome. Enemies appear and vanish; battles and quests are won and lost. And yes, one book ended what could be considered a loss for our side. Someone who could, (kind of,) be considered a protagonist died, in a way. It's. Complicated.
The series is gripping, but not violent. The stakes always high, and victory is never guaranteed. (Slight spoilers!) At least three books end with what could be considered a loss for the protagonists. In some others, we won the day, but the bad guys gained an important advantage to be used later on.
In any case, there's always an unspoken question, an underlying secret of Droon to be discovered. Once you've gotten to book 11-ish, you'll be hooked.
This next part is for parents or teachers wondering about the content who don't care too much about spoilers.
The series is downright addictive, which can be a problem when there are around 44 books at 5-6 bucks each. Libraries, however, don't usually seem to have a great selection.
As I said, there is little-to-no violence in the books. WAY less gory than Percy Jackson.
Characters are hurt sometimes. Most notably, the main character Eric is wounded in the shoulder with a cursed/poisoned icicle. The poison on the icicle caused him to go into a coma-like state for a while.
There are few deaths.
(Young) Sparr wasted away and finally vanished in an emotional scene, although his (now restored,) middle-aged self seemed to retain some of his younger self's goodness afterward.
In ancient history and in an emotional flashback, a good queen named Zara was killed long ago in the distant past. (By an antagonist's curse.) In the last book, however, she was brought back to life, completely healthy and beautiful as ever.
No one is ever killed directly besides a very few mindless minions.
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Posted March 18, 2011
Really good series
This book was filled with action and suspense. I'm a teenager and I have been reading this series since I was in 2nd grade. Tony Abbott did such a good job bringing life to the characters and creating the twists and cliffhangers. I could never put the book down when I was reading it. It makes me sad to see the series end. It was just one of those things you thought would keep going and that you would read more about the adventures of Eric, Neal and Julie.I would reccommend this book/series to anyone because it is a fun read and it teaches you about the power of friendship.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 29, 2010
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