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Jack Staples and the City of Shadows Paperback – January 1, 2015
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Joel N. Clark is the author of Awake: The Book You Can Watch, and cofounder of Atlas District Pictures and Switchvert, a production house located in Johannesburg, South Africa. Clark has written and directed multiple documentaries, commercials, and short films. He and his wife, Megan, their daughter, Juno, and their son, Elah, reside in Washington, DC.
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Each gift is called a Soulprint. Jack discovered in first book that he could walk through time and Alexia has amazing balance and agility. These are just the first ones they have discovered. I love this quote: "A rabbit with the heart of a lion is more powerful that a wolf that believes itself a mouse!"
The group are soon on the run again along with Aias and Wild, as they hear the bewitching song of the Assassin. They have to get to the World Portal located in Buckingham Palace. Although in disguise, it soon becomes apparent that one of their team has betrayed them! Who is it? The battle is on in the palace. Jack and Alexia are both provided with Atherial Cloaks which give them a certain amount of invisibility. Sadly Jack drops his and so has to fight "alone". (Arthur does pick it up and is able to make good use of it though.) They are fighting Drogule. Shadule and Oriax.
When Jack meets King Edward will he be friend or foe? What is so special about the old pen?
Alexia supposedly meets her father again in this book. (In the first book we read of how her parents died when she was five.) Is Lord Korah really who he says he is? There is quite a bit of time travel and going back in time in this book. We read how Alexia got involved with some kids in Belfast and then went off to join the circus. When she first lands on Thaltorose, the stench of the Assassin/Belial is overwhelming but the longer she stays (she is now Princess Thaltorose) the weaker the stench until eventually the smell disappears. As she believes the lies she is told, she does not understand why some of her other friends from the past will not bow down before the Assassin. Is she lost forever? Can Jack and his friends do anything to help her?
Jack, in the meantime is having his own adventures parallel to Alexia's. Elion takes him close to the Forbidden Garden. Will Jack (and you) be able to solve the riddle in time? Who is Time? What about the Poet? Belial shows Alexia the poet being killed by Mrs. Dumphrey. What does Jack see when he goes back to the same time period? Jack is also learning how to use his sword, Ashandar, effectively.
Jack and Alexia discover something very important in this book. What is it?
The Last Battle is on! This book has a great ending, promising some excitement in the last book. Our son has marked his calender for when the third and final book in this trilogy is released on June 1st!
Please note that this book has a lot more violence in it than the first. Due to the nature of this story (demons etc), this book may not be suitable for all children. We read it aloud to our kids (11, 8 & 5) so that we could answer any questions they might have. I don't think I would have let them read it by themselves first without checking it out. Of course for teenagers etc that is different but they still may have questions. There is a lot of allegorical material in here and if your child is not fully aware of that there may be some confusion. All said, an EXCELLENT read and we are eager for June 1st to be here so we can read the last one. I highly recommend you reading the first book in the series before reading this one.