The Traitor King

The Traitor King

by Todd Mitchell


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A fast-paced fantasy/mystery involving Celtic mythology for ages 9 & up (Colorado Book Award Finalist).
Darren and Jackie Mananann have always known there was something a little strange about their family . . . but it isn't until an unexpected presence propels them into a fantastical mystery that they discover how truly unusual and eerily powerful the Mananann family is. Things that once seemed ordinary -flowerpots, librarians, plates of cookies- suddenly have extraordinary meanings. And places that once seemed safe -trees in the forest, a fireplace in the den, a secret passage- are suddenly no longer safe.
One of Darren and Jackie's uncles has disappeared, and in order to save him they must unravel all the clues and signs that surround the Manananns's deepest, darkest secret -a secret that spans two very different worlds.
For the Manananns, mystery runs in the family. But where will this mystery lead?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781935689508
Publisher: Todd Mitchell Books, LLC
Publication date: 01/20/2012
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 765,854
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.61(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

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Traitor King 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
bkladyatl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An ok read. A young boy and his family go to Maine every summer to visit with his Uncle Will and the rest of the family. But this time, Will is not there and there is a mysterious man (who looks like a sketeton) who is following them. Darren along with his sister try to solve Will's disapprearance and find there family is different then most.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Every year, the Manananns spend their bucolic summers together at Uncle Will's country house in Maine; a little cabin in the woods with no television or cell phone signal. But this summer is not going to be like the others. This summer, Uncle Will will disappear, and when Darren and Jackie try to find out where he is, they'll also find out the Manannan's darkest secret: the story of the Traitor King.

As Darren and Jackie suspected, Uncle Will leaves them some clues on how to find him. But following those clues turns out to be more difficult and more dangerous than they thought. The first clue takes them to the library, where a nervous and weird acting librarian greets them. Then a spooky old man who looks like a skeleton chases them all over town. The last clue will take them to the tallest tree in the woods, the tree that will take them to the incredible and different world ­­­­-- Tavare.

What is this new world? And how can it be so different and yet feel so familiar? Will Darren and Jackie find Uncle Will there? Will they ever make it back?

You MUST read this book. There's no doubt (and let me assure you of this) you'll be glad you did. And, if you're like me, when you finish, you'll be desperately asking Todd Mitchell for the sequel.

To be honest, when I first received this book to review, I was a little worried because I'm not a big fan of fantasy novels. But after reading Todd Mitchell's fantastic debut novel, I have a completely different view about the entire genre.

So why did it take me over a month to write this review? The answer is simple: it's because I wanted to find the right words to tell readers just how much I liked it, and how much I enjoyed the author's descriptions, and how after reading them, I could close my eyes and see exactly what he was seeing, and how badly I wanted to go to this wonderful land that he had created, and how much I enjoyed traveling between the worlds of fiction and non-fiction, where reality meets fantasy, and how much I enjoyed the adventures and the tension, and the excitement of this whole new world.

I hope I succeeded, and that you won't go another day without visiting Tavare.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This amazing author had me hooked on this book in the first few pages. There were surprises around every corner and an ending I couldn't believe. I can't wait for his next masterpiece!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book. Everybody I know who has read it says they finished it in one night, and I did the same. Mitchell immediately drew me into his story with his quirky, dynamic characters and his page-turning plot. Darren and Jackie are completely intriguing, and while their adventure ventures into fantasy, their struggles are grounded in reality. Mitchell does a fine job of portraying complicated family dynamics ¿ highlighting the ways in which we all struggle against our heritage and they ways in which we also long to embrace it. Anybody who has ever wondered about the mysteries of their family or their past will love this story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book has it all --mystery, imagination, and heart. The characters are brilliant, and the story keeps you on the edge of your seat. The book also has a neat environmental message, and deals with some deeper issues, such as family secrets, and the different ways family members cope with the past. It looks like a few reviewers didn't dig the fantasy parts as much, but for me, they were my favorite parts, and totally original. The crossover between fantasy and reality does something unique by exploring how fantasy is always a part of our 'reality'. The book also explores Celtic mythology in a neat way (bogles, boggarts, and fey weren't invented by J.K. Rowlings but are figures that have been written about for hundreds of years --and this book understands the Celtic myths far better than most). I highly recommend The Traitor King to kids and adults --you'll love it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Traitor King is one of those rare books that combine day-to-day life conflicts with a world so fantastic one can hardly resist being plunged irresistibly into its depths. It¿s very rare to come across a fantasy book so entrancing that you almost begin to believe, but The Traitor King does just that. When Darren and Jackie Mananann discover the hidden world and frightening truth about the family, you accompany them on a journey so complex it¿s hard to imagine that it isn¿t real. Their journey isn¿t just one for kids, though children will definitely love it and race through its pages. Adults will be drawn into trying to figure out the complex puzzles and clues and, like me, won¿t be able to out it down. I read The Traitor King straight through in a single evening and found myself wishing for a sequel so I could continue on this fascinating journey.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The imagery of this magical book is amazing. I can't wait for the movie or the sequel. Forget about an age limit on this, if you want escapism, let Mitchell take you to Tavare, a magical place that,I for one, can't wait to get back to.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The beggining of the Traitor KIng starts out pretty well. With the creepy old guy and listening map, I thought the book was really getting good. Then all of a sudden these two kids climb in a hole and then they're in this magical place. From that point on, the story is very cliche' and horribly unbelievable, even for a fantasy. It skips around and where the author try's to make the plot mysterious and unpredictable, it's just confusing and very predictable. They meet these creatures who are straight out of Harry Potter, with a little less imagination, and travel through this land that is very two-dimensional. Then all of a sudden the story is over and the day is saved. Whoppee.