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The Chestnut King (100 Cupboards Book 3) (The 100 Cupboards) Paperback – February 8, 2011
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This book is a lot darker than the other ones, as the story plot moves more and more from Narnian to Lord of the Rings-ish. A evil darkness hides, 10 "fingerlings" (think, ringwraiths) track Henry by smelling and sensing him (not by a ring, but by a scar from the evil queen), everyone is running, running, running... all is about lost when Henry finds the strength in and outside of him to kill the witch. As much as I enjoyed the story, I missed having an Aslan figure, a God, that one could depend on to come through in times of crisis, instead of just digging deeper into oneself or nature.
Genius is rare. We all know that. Acheiving popularity as a writer is pretty rare too. Very rarely do the two coincide, and it is almost unheard of for genius and popularity to come together in the author's own lifetime. I sincerely hope it happens for N.D. Wilson though. He's got five kids to feed.
There is quite a lot going on in this trilogy and I really don't have the time or the space to analyze everything. I do want to make a couple of comparisons though. I'm not a fan of Rowling, or her hero: Harry Potter. I don't hate the kid, but I find his story dull and uninteresting. I don't find the world Rowling created very magical, mysterious, or enchanting. I wouldn't really want to visit there. The school politics and bereaucracy are alive and well in that world and their mind-numbing qualities are quite available outside the pages of a book. The idea that she is writing about wizardry is severely misguided. What she calls wizardry and magic, is really just scientific knowledge and method. The classes at Hogwarts are just science and history classes. The wizard world is only a more technologically advanced version of Great Britain.
All of that to say, Wilson's fantasy world is as homegrown American as Rowling's is British, but it is truly fantastical. There exists within it references to things like mayors and bereaucracies, but the vision of it is transformative and deeply magical.Read more ›
This story continues the adventures of Henry York Maccabee, a young boy about to turn 13, raised near Boston on our earth. While visiting family in Kansas he discovers 100 magic doors hidden in a wall. He also finds out that he is not from earth and that the person he thought was his Grandfather had brought him through one of the doors when he was young. He has released an ancient evil Nimiane from Endor, and she devours all life. She is hunting Henry and wants to capture him before he comes into his power. He has been touched by her blood and its scar on his face is expanding. It is a bond between them. Henry's Father and Uncle are off searching for the dark witch when calamity befalls the family. They are taken by soldiers from a southern kingdom. The dark witch is trying to draw Mordecai, Henry's father, and Henry into a trap.
This specific story, and the whole trilogy, is told as a series of narratives telling different people's parts of the story. It reminds me of The Lord of The Rings Trilogy, which is told in 6 books each telling a part of the tale and going back and forth. This story does the same thing.Read more ›
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Read this series with my sons, I absolutely loved it!!! I will definitely tell all I encounter of this book of old worlds and new. Never stop searching for your cupboards.Published 2 months ago by Lyn1976
I loved the whole series! Keeps you interested. Friendship, Family..........CouragePublished 6 months ago by Ginger M. Snaps