Otherworld Chronicles: The Invisible Tower

Otherworld Chronicles: The Invisible Tower

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by Nils Johnson-Shelton
     
 

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Part of the spell has already been broken.

The first stones have begun to crumble.

In Artie Kingfisher’s world, wizards named Merlin, fire-breathing dragons, and swords called Excalibur exist only in legends and lore—until the day his video game Otherworld springs to life.

You are special, Arthur,

Says the mysterious message in

Overview

Part of the spell has already been broken.

The first stones have begun to crumble.

In Artie Kingfisher’s world, wizards named Merlin, fire-breathing dragons, and swords called Excalibur exist only in legends and lore—until the day his video game Otherworld springs to life.

You are special, Arthur,

Says the mysterious message in his game.

In one week’s time you will come to me at the it.

Cryptic clues lead Artie to a strange place called the Invisible Tower, where he discovers that nothing in his life is as it seems. Artie is none other than King Arthur, brought to life in the twenty-first century. Artie has won the battle in the virtual Otherworld—now the key to saving the real Otherworld lies in his hands as well.

Green dragons, hungry wolves, powerful sorcerers—suddenly Artie must battle them all as he wields Excalibur and embarks on a quest worthy of the Knights of the Round Table. With his sister, Kay, by his side, Artie steps into the Otherworld—straight toward his destiny.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 5–8—The King Arthur legend gets a modern update in this new series. Artie Kingfisher, 12, doesn't realize that he is special until he is contacted by a mysterious Mr. T (aka Merlin) through his favorite Otherworld video game. A powerful magical demonstration convinces Artie that he really is a clone of the original King and that it is his duty to reconnect the real Otherworld with his world and save both from impending disaster. He and his 13-year-old sister, Kay, locate Excalibur and set off on a quest for the key that will free Merlin from his tower prison. Short, action-packed chapters (each with a cheeky title), funny dialogue, and an amusing trick for pulling the wool over the eyes of a parent, who would definitely not approve of sword-fighting practice with razor-sharp blades in the backyard, make this book a surefire hit with the legions of Rick Riordan fans. Adults may be disappointed that Artie gets knowledge and battle skills magically instead of through hard work, but kids won't care, and it's the choices and natural leadership that he displays that mark him as the true king. The witch Morgaine is set up as the villain, but only her minions make an appearance, and the final battle won't happen for at least few more books.—Caroline Tesauro, Radford Public Library, VA
Booklist
“An entertaining quest fantasy, sprinkled with hints of hidden agendas, and juiced with enough creativity to carry readers happily into future episodes.”
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“The draw here is the action, and there is plenty of that. As Artie dodges fire spells and enchanted swords, gamers will find themselves reaching for their controllers while they await the series’ next installment.”
VOYA - Laura Lehner
Artie Kingfisher, a pale, video-game playing twelve-year-old, and his tournament-winning sister, Kay, are the heroes of this new science fiction/fantasy series, Otherworld Chronicles. Artie is lured to the entry into the Otherworld, which he thought only existed in a video game. There he meets an imprisoned wizard, Merlin, and learns that Artie himself is a sibling of the King Arthur (he was created in Otherworld out of DNA from the first Arthur's parents). Merlin, it turns out, needs his help to escape the invisible tower he has inhabited for over a thousand years. First, King Artie and Kay must battle dragons and evil sorcerers in order to save the world and find the renewable energy resource that only exists in Otherworld. As Arthurian stories go, this one is fresh and fun, with plenty to offer the avid reader looking for a new series. The tone is conversational and young—with slang that tween readers will relate to. The writing itself does not quite live up to royal measure, but young teens who love this genre will be pleased. Reviewer: Laura Lehner
Kirkus Reviews
In his first novel for middle-grade readers, Johnson-Shelton serves up the first installment of an Arthurian trilogy starring 12-year-old video-gamer Artie Kingfisher. Artie begins receiving mysterious computer messages telling him "it has begun," and soon he is off to fulfill his destiny as the once and future king. It turns out that Artie is King Arthur--or, rather, Arthur's genetic sibling, created out of Uther Pendragon's finger bone and a lock of Lady Igraine's hair. At a gaming tournament in Cincinnati, Artie comes across Merlin, trapped in an invisible tower downtown, and it's Merlin who directs Artie on his quest. Much is expected of him: He must destroy the invisible tower, travel to the Otherworld and put an end to Lordess Morgaine's evil reign and gain access to the Otherworld's clean energy resources. No pressure, except the world is doomed if he fails. This new take on the Arthurian legends, told in third-person, pits wisecracking contemporary teens with their contemporary banter--" freaking awesome," "far out"--against all manner of obstacles: killer tornadoes, dire wolves, a green dragon, an elf and a wolf-headed man. At times, the prose is wordy and awkward, but it's always high-spirited and fun. Gives new life to Arthurian legends and may just send readers back to more traditional tellings. (Adventure. 10-14)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062070890
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
01/03/2012
Series:
Otherworld Chronicles , #1
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
368
File size:
1 MB
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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Meet the Author

Nils Johnson-Shelton is the coauthor of the international bestseller No Angel: My Harrowing Undercover Journey to the Inner Circle of the Hells Angels. He is also the author of the Full Fathom Five series for tweens Otherworld Chronicles.

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The Invisible Tower 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The author of this book came to my school today. He is awesome and his story I think is very interesting. I really reccomend this book and I think it is really good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you like adventure and mythical creatures this is totally you book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
awesome and funny.I loved it so much.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The beginning starts off kind of slow, but once you get into the first couple of chapters, it really picks up. The book is a quick read. I can't wait to read the next one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have never read the book and dont know if I should read it or not. How would you rate it from one to ten it seems interesting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The best part of this book is when artie finds excaliber
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
To good for me to explain
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im doing it for a book report book and I would recommend it to anyone. Plus I'm not even done with it yet!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really want the nook book cause I have the free preview and it is really cool plus it is a new series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very intresting but I recomend this book for older kids. For some very little lanuage and violence.
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