Warning: There will probably be a few spoilers in my review.
|TYPE/GENRE:||Fiction, Fantasy/fairy tale|
|SERIES:||Bookania Quests #3|
|RATING:||10 out of 10|
|READ ALOUD:||5 out of 5|
Arthur is the rightful king of Briton, but his Uncle Mordreth refuses to give up the regency. Arthur and Grandfather are now returning with allies to wrestle the kingdom from his uncle's grasp. But not all is as it seems among his allies, and everyone has secrets. New loves, old loves, lost loves, kingdoms conquered and kingdoms stolen. Who is the real "rightful heir" and will the nearly forgotten sword in the stone finally answer this question?
My family and I had been champing at the bit for Kingdom's release. When I told my younger siblings the release date, they squealed.
Kingdom is the third installment in the Bookania Quests and from the moment of my reading the beta copy, it was immediately apparent to me that it would be my favorite Bookania book so far, and second favorite Ardnek book (my first favorite being The Ankulen). There are several reasons it is such a favorite. It's Arthurian Legend and anyone who has read my blog for any length of time knows how much I love Arthurian Legend. It contains significant amounts of Shira, Robin, Arthur and Eric, who are some of my favorite Bookania characters and each of them displays considerable growth and maturity in this book. It is a very good writing and contains several brilliant plot twists. Need I say more other than, "Go read it as fast as you can find a copy!"?
Kendra did an excellent job not only with the main plot of the book, but also filling in other details about the world of Bookania, and contrasting the way Bookania was a hundred years ago with the way it is now. The characters who awoke in Take are having an interesting time adjusting to the land that has changed so much that it really is a 'new' world to them.
I give this the highest rating and the highest read aloud rating. I just finished reading it to my siblings this afternoon. We read between two and three chapters every day this week, and every time we stopped for the day, the children clamored for more.
In conclusion, it's a beautiful book and if you haven't read it yet, I highly recommend that you do so at your earliest opportunity. If you haven't read any of the Bookania books yet, I recommend reading Sew, It's a Quest and Do You Take This Quest? before reading Kingdom. Kingdom will make much more sense if you do read the other two first.
Robin- always and forever one of my favorite characters. She has matured since Sew and Take but still has plenty of fire and that indomitable Robin spirit.
Shira had a pretty turbulent storyline in this book and I liked her even more than I had in Take.
Eric has become the steadying influence Robin has needed- someone who can calm her down the way Robert could, but who perfectly understands her in ways not even Robert did.
Arthur - so confused and bewildered at first, but by the end of the book he has become more confident and has some great scenes. I look forward to his continuing story.
Robert was only in part of the book, but his interaction with Arthur was well written and pretty cool.
We didn't see much of Robin Hood or Maid Marian in this book, but hopefully we'll see them again soon.
Favorite Quotes: (I had a lot of favorite quotes so I just picked a few of my favorites at random to put in this review)
"Madeleine does not behave like a normal human being. Never has, never will." ~ Robin
"Hello, how good are you with a sword?" ~ Robin
"Auroren cased to be mine the day she became yours." ~ Grandfather
"Don't look at me like that, Robert. I can be clever if I want to be." ~ Robin
"I am thy worst nightmare." ~ Shira
"Better than living as a ghost under your thumb." ~ Arthur
Random other things I loved:
~ Robin, Robert and Eric's interaction. Eric says something, Robin contradicts him and then Robert agrees with Eric.
~ Pair Bonds, especially Robin and Snow's.
~ The Robin and Shira conversation in Chapter 8- one of my top five favorite scenes in the book.
~ Samson and Shira's return to their former kingdom was intriguing, seeing their reaction to the castle that had been theirs... even though it was one hundred years ago.
~ Maddie and Samson were hilarious, as always.
Miss Melody Muffin