- Age Range: 8 - 12 years
- Series: Berinfell Prophecies (Book 1)
- Hardcover: 384 pages
- Publisher: Thomas Nelson (November 1, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1400315050
- ISBN-13: 978-1400315055
- Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.3 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 116 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,119,983 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Curse of the Spider King: The Berinfell Prophecies Series - Book One Hardcover – November 1, 2009
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From School Library Journal
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
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J.E.M. © AudioFile Portland, Maine
Top customer reviews
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.
The story is probably most appropriate for the Teen section of the bookstore, but older readers will enjoy it as well. Some violence is depicted that may be too intense for younger children. I appreciated the Christian underpinnings of the story that were evidenced on a few occasions. For example, the elves would sometimes call on Ellos ( their favorite name for God); and Kiri Lee relied on her Savior while under attack by the Wisps by quoting from scripture: "For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."
Hopper, Christopher; Wayne Thomas Batson (2009-09-04). Curse of the Spider King: The Berinfell Prophecies Series - Book One (p. 188). Thomas Nelson. Kindle Edition.
This is the first book I have read by either author, but it will not be the last. In Curse of the Spider King, Batson and Hopper have spun a fast-paced fantasy adventure that leaves me eager to read the next installment.