Sunday, January 30, 2011

Book Review: Chestnut King by N.D. Wilson

I'm back from Ranting Land to talk about something much more pleasant to all, and what's really the point of this whole blog in the first place.

So, Chestnut King by Nathan Wilson



What can I say about this book? It was absolutely amazing.

The book starts out with a bang. The family is scattered to the four winds as they all set out, willingly or unwillingly, on different quests: Henry's father and Uncle Caleb go to Endor to confront the witch; Franklin the faeren is taken to the Chestnut King, and eventually Henry must make his way there. The witch's grip is becoming stronger and her forces grow greater. And everyone says Nimiane cannot be killed, which is really kind of what everyone is trying to do.

So, with everyone going everywhere, and a lot of things happening at once (as well the poor townsfolk of Henry, Kansas seeing all sorts of odd things going on without understanding them at all), there's plenty of action. The book moves along seamlessly, with just the right amount of breathing room in between the fast-paced sequences. Wilson made a smart move in adding less humor but making what humor there was even more forceful. It was definitely a great way to end the series.

4/5

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