The Chestnut Soldier (Magician Trilogy Series #3)

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The thrilling conclusion to the award-winning fantasty trilogy from NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Jenny Nimmo!

Gwyn can feel danger coming in the wind. Somehow he knows the warnings have to do with the broken toy horse that holds the evil spirit of a prince who lived long ago. When Gwyn discovers that the prince's dark soul has escaped from the horse and is seeking revenge Gwyn, Emlyn, and Nia have to figure out how to save the mysterious soldier who claims to be Nia's ...

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Overview


The thrilling conclusion to the award-winning fantasty trilogy from NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Jenny Nimmo!

Gwyn can feel danger coming in the wind. Somehow he knows the warnings have to do with the broken toy horse that holds the evil spirit of a prince who lived long ago. When Gwyn discovers that the prince's dark soul has escaped from the horse and is seeking revenge Gwyn, Emlyn, and Nia have to figure out how to save the mysterious soldier who claims to be Nia's distant cousin. With the help of the Snow Spider, can they recapture the prince's soul without hurting the Chestnut soldier?
Nimmo's fast-paced page turner fantasies appeal to boys and girls with their magical adventures.

To purge the anger from an ancient Welsh demonic god that he had helped release, and to soothe a moody, troubled soldier, Gwyn Griffiths draws on the strength of his namesake and ancestor in Welsh magic, Gwydion Gwyn.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Anita Barnes Lowen
Gwyn's grandmother once gave him five unusual gifts. One, a small wooden horse, was to be hidden away and never used. The horribly disfigured carving holds the malevolent spirit of Efnisien, the demon prince from the ancient Mabinogion legends of Wales. Alas, Efnisien's spirit escapes and finds its way into the soul of Evan Llyr, a troubled soldier who is visiting his cousins in the village of Pendewi. Slowly Evan begins to change—both physically and psychically—as the spirit of Efnisien grows stronger. Disturbing events fill the once quiet lives of Gwyn's friend, Nia (who, little by little, is falling under the spell of Efnisien) and her family. Now Gwyn must draw upon his magical powers to save Evan and to bring the spirit of the dark prince to peace at last. This third book in "The Magician Trilogy" can be read independently, but with many references to events and characters from the earlier books, reading the first two books of the trilogy may make this satisfying fantasy more so.
School Library Journal
Gr 5-7-- This suspenseful fantasy concludes the trilogy begun in Snow Spider (1987) and continued in Orchard of the Crescent Moon (1989, both Dutton). Like the others, it is set in a village in the hills of Wales, with their aura of mystery and danger. Much the strongest of the three books, Soldier draws heavily on the second part of the Mabinogion tales. In the first book, young Gwyn Griffiths was given responsibility for guarding a tiny chestnut-wood horse that contained the restless, angry spirit of Efnisien, the mad dark prince of the old tale. Gwyn is careless with the horse, and the prince's negative energy is inadvertently released. Immediately, it finds its way into the soul of a troubled Welsh soldier visiting in the village. Disturbing events ensue, and Gwyn knows who is responsible. He also knows that he must use his inherited magic powers to recapture it before greater harm is done. He tries several spells but the maleficence proves too strong for him. He calls on his grandmother, and on his friend Nia, the heroine of the second book, and on his ancient uncle Gwydion, the magician of Mabinogion fame. With their help, the spirit is recaptured and peace is restored. Nimmo has skillfully woven the ancient story into the modern one, making it accessible to those who do not know the legend. This satisfying fantasy introduces young readers to the genre, and to other works that draw on the ancient Welsh legends, such as those by Lloyd Alexander, Susan Cooper, and Alan Garner. --Virginia Golodetz, St. Michael's College, Winooski, VT
School Library Journal

Gr 5-7
The Chestnut Soldier (Orchard Books, 2007) is the third volume in Jenny Nimmo's "The Magician Trilogy," and listeners new to the series may be confused at the rapid introduction of characters and reference to events in prior books at the beginning of the story. Gwyn is a reluctant magician who has the ability to make things happen. Unfortunately, he believes his magic powers have stunted his physical growth, and what he wants most is to grow. Gwyn's friendship with Nia Lloyd gets him involved in an enchanting mystery involving a soldier who is possessed by a demon prince who was once contained within a small carved wooden horse. The characters have surprising depth, given the brevity of the story. The myths and legends of Wales are given a good workout, and everything comes together quite predictably in a happy ending. Haunting instrumental music is scattered throughout. Narrator John Keating makes the most of the Welsh names and dialect; each character is distinctively voiced, making this a fun listen. Middle school students who like fantasy and Nimmo's "Charlie Bone" series will also enjoy this title.
—Charli OsborneCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439846776
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/1/2007
  • Series: Magician Trlogy Series , #3
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 666,065
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.52 (w) x 8.62 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Meet the Author


Jenny Nimmo is the author of the NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY bestselling Children of the Red King series as well as GRIFFIN'S CASTLE, THE DRAGON'S CHILD, and the award-winning Magician Trilogy, all published by Orchard Books. Several of her books have been awarded and shortlisted for the Smarties Prize, the Carnegie Medal, the Whitbread Award, and the WH Smith Mind-Boggling Books Award. She lives with her husband in an old mill in Wales.
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    Posted November 16, 2007

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    Last but not least, The Chestnut Soldier. Jenny Nimmo is truly brilliant!

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