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Death Weavers (Five Kingdoms) Hardcover – March 15, 2016
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From School Library Journal
Gr 5–8—Since coming to the Outskirts, Cole Randolph and his friends have defeated monsters, challenged knights, fought psycho robots, lost powers, and helped Mira and some of her sisters get their powers back. While traveling through Necronum in search of Mira's sisters Destiny and Honor, Cole and his friends have been trying to stay one step ahead of Nazeem, an evil shapecrafter. Disaster soon strikes, however, and Cole's friends are forcibly taken to the Echolands (land of the dead), the lands controlled by Nazeem. If Cole ever wants to get home, he must find a way to stop Nazeem. Keith Nobbs's dynamic, engaging narration style draws listeners into Cole's world. He easily transitions between action and dialogue scenes while maintaining a good pace. Mull's plot and characters are well developed and will make listeners want to find out what happens next. VERDICT Series fans will have a hard time putting this audiobook down.—Kira Moody, Whitmore Public Library, Salt Lake City --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
Brandon Mull is the author of the New York Times, USA TODAY, and Wall Street Journal bestselling Beyonders and Fablehaven series, as well as the bestselling Five Kingdoms, Candy Shop Wars, and Dragonwatch series. He resides in Utah, in a happy little valley near the mouth of a canyon with his wife and four children. Brandon’s greatest regret is that he has but one life to give for Gondor.
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While I liked the first three books in the Five Kingdoms series, I must say that I wasn't AS enthralled with the books as the other books I mentioned above. Don't get me wrong, they are still much better than a lot of books out there, but Fablehaven and Beyonders really set the bar high for me. So, when Death Weavers was published, I knew I would read it, but I didn't know what to expect.
I have to admit that this may now be one of my favorite Brandon Mull books. The way he developed Cole's character is fantastic. And the echolands is an amazing setting to continue this story.We are introduced to new and fascinating characters and MUCH to my delight, two of my favorite characters from The Beyonders make an appearance and play an important role in Cole's journey. I literally jumped off the couch when I saw their names.
So, needless to say, I'm totally hooked. I'm ready to read the final installment (which Mr. Mull says will be delayed by a few months.) This book is excellent for children and adults alike. Great family reading with no bad language or excess violence. I think you could even read this book alone without reading the previous books in the series because there is enough of the background story woven throughout to let you know who the characters are and why they are on this journey.
Enjoy the book!
Cole and his friends have been through three of the five kingdoms in the Outskirts: Sambria, Elloweer, and the futuristic kingdom of Zeropolis. And now, they have finally ventured over into Necronum, the land of the dead. Apparitions appear frequently with slippery deals and valuable information. Hunters lick up their trail. And a mysterious fiery horse named the Mare has been sighted roaming the vast lands. When Cole's friends fall prey to an evil entity, Cole must travel to the land inbetween the Outskirts and death and try to rescue his friends before they are separated from him for good this time.
DEATH WEAVERS felt very different from Mull's other books, but also very similar in some ways. At this point, we have arrived at a bit of a formula for these FIVE KINGDOMS books: find a princess, rescue the princess, and reunite her with her run-amuck power. While that structure is truly at the heart of this fourth book, there are also some other pieces at play. We finally discover more information about some of the evils lurking throughout the Outskirts, and we also learn more about what exactly has happened to bring Cole to these kingdoms. As usual, Mull is quite innovative when it comes to twisting up the typical fantasy tropes and make them into his own creations, giving us some of the most unique places in the five kingdoms yet.
However, Cole continues to remain something of a flat character. This is something I noted from previous installments in the series, and it is definitely true here. Cole has a bit of a character arc, but he feels much more typical than Seth and Kendra from FABLEHAVEN or even Jason from BEYONDERS. There is something about Cole that seems to keep him stunted in character growth. Is the story still entertaining? Yes. Is it a page-turner? Oh yes. Is Cole someone worth rooting for? Sure...?
Fans of the previous books will love DEATH WEAVERS. Newcomers will definitely feel lost entering the series here, and it is really best to go back to SKY RAIDERS and start from there. Mull has set up some great conflicts for the last book in the series coming in another year, and it will be interesting to see how he ends up wrapping things up.
I really enjoyed learning how and why the Five Kingdoms were formed; this was incredibly interesting. I also loved how the whole issue of Cole’s crippled power was dealt with.
Another excellent addition to the story was Destiny, aka Tessa. She was incredibly entertaining and had awesome powers that rivaled that of her sisters.
I am really enjoying how everything is coming together and can’t wait to see what happens in the final book of this series.
Overall I think this was the best book yet in the Five Kingdoms series. A lot happens in this book, it is fast-paced and entertaining. There is a lot of expansion on understanding the structure of the Five Kingdoms and on why magic works the way it does. Additionally we meet some excellent new characters. I would definitely recommend this series to fans of Mull’s previous books and to those who enjoy middle grade adventure fantasy.
And while this book has been even more amazing that the others in the series, I have to be honest with one complaint. The questions and doubts Cole harbors arise = literally = too often. Once raised, they don't need to be repeated multiple times. Even with that flaw, it should still be on the "must read" list. Waiting impatiently for the final installment.