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Curse of the Spider King: The Berinfell Prophecies Series - Book One Paperback – May 20, 2014
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Grade 6–9—The first title (Thomas Nelson, 2009) in Wayne Batson and Christopher Hopper's new fantasy series introduces the seven Elven Lords of Allyra, thought to have perished in the Siege of Berinfell. In reality, they were safely transported to Earth where they have been scattered around the globe and adopted by human parents. Now approaching their 13th birthday, each of them is about to come into his or her elfin powers—gifts that will be used to help them battle the minions of the evil Spider King in a desperate struggle to save their race from extinction. Aided by a series of sentinels (elves disguised as humans), they embark on a dangerous journey from Earth to another world where they will be both welcomed and hunted. Despite uneven writing and narration by Blaine Hogan and Greg Whalen that is not uniformly consistent or successful, the fast pace, non-stop action, humorous interactions, and unfolding of the personalities of the seven Elven Lords will keep listeners engaged and eager for the next installment.—Cindy Lombardo, Cleveland Public Library, OH
(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
J.E.M. © AudioFile Portland, Maine
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Mr. Batson, together with Mr. Hopper, has crafted an exciting tale full of Elves, Gwar, Drefids, Warspiders, and a multitude of otherworldly creatures. The characters in Curse of the Spider King were very well written, believable, and enjoyable. I found myself particularly spellbound by the gifts that each Elf Lord possessed.
Mr. Batson wrote a thrilling book that I believe appeals to readers about twelve and up. There are definitely many battle scenes in the book, but the authors do a fantastic job of including enough action to excite the reader while not going into too much detail. I also love how the authors glorify God through their writing by crafting characters who willingly serve Ellos.
I believe that this book is great for anyone from middle school on up. The setting is exciting, the characters are wonderful, the writing is clean, and the ideas are creative. Thank you, Mr. Batson, for yet another enticing read. I look forward to reading the book again (I just finished it for the third time!) and will definitely spread the news about this series.
This is the start of a thrilling series and an interesting adventure for the young Lords of Berinfell. This isnt one of those cheesy fantasy series though. Mr. Batson puts you on the edge of your seat and keeps you there. Not knowing what can happen next. Ferocious feinds. Funny friends. And all the in between. What else can you ask for?
There is also a mix of characters, which may get you lost, but you can find different ways to relate to each of them. You wil get attached to each one of them(the good ones at least).
I would suggest that it's a good read for 13 year olds(like the Lords)though anyone can read and enjoy it.
My only con would be that the beginning is a bit slow, slow being you dont think some one is going to die for at least a few chapters. :)
If you like Mr. Batsons other books or of you want some good readin' :) I suggest you click the 'add to cart' button this moment.
Very well done. That's all I can say. Great job Mr.B!
Are you an elf? ;)
Seven teens learn a special secret about their ancestry that leads them into an action-filled series of events culminating in a high-stakes battle complete with warspiders, drefids, and, of course, elves.
To tell you the truth, I was glued to this book by the time I hit Page 10. As I write this, the book sits next to me, begging to be read again. That's just the type of story it is, the kind that makes your palms itch for more.
The craftsmanship could've been better. It was like the authors knew they only had so many pages they could write and thus didn't totally submerge themselves into their characters. And there were several characters. Between the 370 pages are 7 main protagonists, all teens, and each of them follow the same basic storyline. To truly do justice to the plot and characters, Curse of the Spider King would've had to have been 800 pages long.
Nevertheless, I'm hooked. The next book, Venom & Song, can't come out fast enough.
Never in my twenty-years of life have I owned so many copies of one book, it's kinda crazy, but it brings so much joy and excitement to give as a gift to others. One copy I gave to my mom, now my mom never ever reads or touches anything fantasy, so mind you this was truly HUGE. She was sucked into Allyra from the very first page and gobbled it up in four days. She said"Wow... that was a great book, the characters were very lovable, the authors sure know kids, but the spiders were so creepy I couldn't read it at night." Neither could I lol. She even unfortunately had a creepy, not so little encounter, very similar to Jimmy's, in Chapter 26, one night, and after that vowed to never read the book at night again! She has said she will for sure read the second book. How's that for a person that stays clear away from anything fantasy?
Another copy I gave away to a sweet, but broken hearted twelve-year old that loves to read, especially fantasy. When I heard her and her younger sister playing in her grandparents back yard (which are my neighbors) I instantly thought I should give her a copy of this book. Bringing my younger sister along with me, we walked next-door and we were joyfully surprised to found out it was her birthday, how cool was that? Her face beamed with surprise as we handed her the book. "Curse of the Spider King... wow... this looks cool. Thank you!" she said giving us a huge hug. A week later we received a card telling us thank you again and that the book was AWESOME!
What did I think of Curse of the Spider King? Will... I loved it. A whole new world, with great characters that you can relate too, the best and I mean best creepiest bad guys you could possibly think of... one being spiders, yikes, tons of action that easily plays out like a movie in your mind, and an intriguing story that I'm sure is going to get even more interesting as the series progresses ... need I say more?
I was not confused with any of the characters... not once, which surprised me considering there were seven main characters and many others. I truly don't have anything bad to say about this book... really I don't... cant think of anything. It's a nice easy flowing read and I would highly recommend it to anyone. Just remember not to read it at bedtime.lol