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Kingdom Keepers IV: Power Play Hardcover – April 5, 2011
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About the Author
Tristan Elwell was born and raised in New York City, where he graduated from the High School of Music and Art. He attended the School of Visual Arts on a full scholarship, graduating in 1990 at the top of his class. While at SVA he also worked as a painting assistant to noted photo realist Charles Bell. After college he quickly established his career as an illustrator. In 1994 he joined the staff at SVA, where he teaches illustration and painting. He has done book covers for all the major publishing houses, including Avon, Bantam, HarperCollins, Penguin, Pocket Books, Scholastic, and Tor.
Top Customer Reviews
The Kingdom Keepers are taking a similar route as the kids from Hogwarts. Each book they are a little older, a little wiser and the stakes get a little higher. If you haven't read the first three books, you are likely going to be completely lost.
At the beginning of the latest installment, the Disney villains (or Overtakers in the terminology of the book) are once again attacking the Kingdom Keepers. Unlike before, their reach has gone all the way to DisneyQuest and the cast of villains has expanded. Snow White's Evil Queen, Cruella De Vil, Claude Frollo, Shan-Yu and others have picked up where Chernabog and Maleficent left off in KK3. All signs point to an attempted jailbreak for the captured monsters.
The Evil Queen is particularly dangerous however since she has the ability to put actual humans under spells, including several of the Kingdom Keepers. The Keepers are unable to trust even each other. Meanwhile, the Overtakers are putting motion a plan that will capture the Keepers in their DHI state as well as break out their leaders.
Joining the cast this time are some of the good Disney Characters. The first KK alluded to this by seeing Chip, Dale and Winnie the Pooh, but we haven't seen much from them since.
The action is continually ramping up in Power Play between a daredevil escape from Claude Frollo, a swordfight on Malestrom, a battle on Tom Sawyer Island and other scenes of action.Read more ›
Overall, if you are a fan of the series, this book will not disappoint you. Fans of Disney characters and parks will appreciate all of the Disney aspects. Disney characters are abundant in this book including Ariel from the Little Mermaid, Pluto and Minnie. It possesses as many thrills, twists, and action as the first three books. Unlike its predecessors, Power Play does not focus exclusively on a single park. Instead, the readers get to witness the keepers grow-up from inexperienced kids to awkward teenagers. They are experiencing what all ninth-graders go through on their quest to adulthood; from love triangles between Finn, Amanda, and Charlene to bullies. Of course, they still cross over into the Disney parks as their DHIs, but readers can tell that the story is evolving and budding, waiting for the incredible series climax.
I think that Pearson does a good job, bringing the readers up to speed on what happened in the previous books without feeling like it is a one or two chapter summary. However, I would definitely recommend reading the previous books if you are new to the series.
I was disappointed in the depiction of the parents of the keepers. While Pearson does a decent job capturing the various attitudes of youth, he falls off the wagon when it comes to the adults. They are completely unpredictable and do not add much to the story. If you can get past the parents, the book is very enjoyable.
Cons: Appeals to Disney fans mostly;
The Disney DHIs (Disney Host Interactive) are five young teenagers who were hired by Disney World to help guests get around easier by answering questions. They themselves do not work at Disney, but a hologram image of themselves. At least this is what they at first believed they signed up for. It turns out that Finn, Maybeck, Charlene, Willa and Philby were manipulated in a way by some Disney Imagineers to do battle with the dark side of Walt Disney World. This includes the audio-animatronics from the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction, Stitch, and others while legendary villains Maleficent and Chernabog are the leaders of this rebellion. While the kids are sleeping, their DHI selves cross over and appear in Disney World. They are half human and half hologram, which means that they can sustain injuries or even death, or possibly something even worse than this, the Sleeping Beauty Syndrome (SBS) where the DHI gets stuck or captured at Disney World, and their real selves cannot wake up.
In this fourth installment, after the DHI gang had successfully imprisoned Maleficent and Chernabog, they thought that this would be the end of the chaos. Meanwhile, things are getting more dangerous than ever. It turns out that the Evil Queen from Snow White and Cruella DeVil are causing trouble. While their main purpose is to break their leaders out of prison, they have hatched a grand scheme to over power the DHI gang once and for all. They managed to forcefully acquire the help of others around the DHIs.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
So much excitement and anticipation. I loved the book. I read it all in 2 days and I am only 13. Everyone should read this series.Published 2 months ago by Olivia
This book was amazing in the way the plot happened and you just have to read the previous ones to understand and if you enjoy this one you will really enjoy the others as well.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I enjoy this series. Can't put the books down. Dudley Pearson thank you for writing these, I wish I could write books too. At least I get to read them.Published 4 months ago by Mary J. Swintek
My daughter loved it, as she has the entire series. I have heard her laugh out loud at multiple parts. Great book great series!Published 7 months ago by Jessica Schmidt
This book was written beautifully. It had a such a delicate hand mixed with a horrific Disney. I thoroughly enjoyed it.Published 7 months ago by Chanda Smith