THE REVENGE OF THE SHADOW KING by Derek Benz

THE REVENGE OF THE SHADOW KING

Age Range: 9 - 12

KIRKUS REVIEW

A collectible card game introduces Max and his friends to the battle against ancient evil in this undistinguished but entertaining series opener. Grandfatherly shopkeeper Iver has sold the four a rare card game in which they fight goblins, faeries and the powerful Shadow King. It’s only a game at first, but soon their town of Avalon, Minn. is plagued with horrors. Max finds a magical book, real goblins attack and Iver vanishes. Along with spunky Natalia, poor Harley and cowardly Ernie, Max determines to defeat the Shadow King. Luckily, he’s the one true heir to powerful magical ability, born to make a stand in the age-old fight against evil—perhaps in the Gothic temple in town, built by Templars 500 years before Europeans came to the New World. Constant danger and some humor keep this adventure moving despite clunky prose. Not a bad option for fans of the genre. (Fantasy. 9-12)

Pub Date: March 1st, 2006
ISBN: 0-439-79574-5
Page count: 384pp
Publisher: Orchard/Scholastic
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1st, 2006




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