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Gr 4-6- Max and his crew of Griffins continue their magical and tactical education in this last volume in the trilogy. As in the "Harry Potter" books, the adventure follows a group of friends with varying magical abilities, and the addition of the Knights Templar to the story line makes it an intriguing mix of fiction and history. Morgan La Fey and the evil Lord Sumner, Max's father, have tricked Max into giving him the powerful Spear of Ragnarok so that the wicked man can destroy the world. Max and his friends must descend into the Underworld and beat Lord Sumner and his band of Black Wolves to the Eye of Odin, the only weapon that can be used against the Spear. The plot is interesting, but the only thing keeping the book from becoming wholly cliché are additions like the Knights Templar's FBI-like mode of operation and a Griffin that is slowly becoming a Changeling in an amusing manner. However, the characters are not completely fleshed out, and the adults are two-dimensional stereotypes. The plot turns sickly sweet at the end, and readers are pounded over the head with the moral. This one is only for those who read the first two books and want to find out what happens to Max and his friends.-Jennifer-Lynn Draper, Children's Literature Consultant, Aurora, ON, CanadaCopyright 2008 Reed Business Information.