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Book Review:The Secret Kingdom (Chronicles of the Red King #1) by Jenny Nimmo

The Charlie Bone series is one of my favorite series and it was spotlighted as a must read series. This book is about the Red King, whom Charlie Bone is a descendent from. Timoken is his name and he is the prince of a secret kingdom.

Chronicles of The Red King #1 (goodreads)
Chronicles of The Red King #1 (goodreads)

When he is born a magical creature gives his parents a cloak from the last moon spider and Alixir (which is used to stay alive forever) in order to protect the kind. His sister, Zobayda, who is two years old when Timoken is born, is given a ring that gives her magical fingers. When their kingdom is attacked, Timoken and Zobayda escape in search of a new place to call home.

I think this book is perfect for a young adults/pre teens. The magic is there from the start; if you are a person that likes people to earn their magic then this isn’t for you. Timoken received his magic because of the hearts of his parents and that is more than enough for me.  There was a lot of running around in the book, which was cool with me because he and his sister are in search of a new home. I thought the author did a great job with this because although it stalled, she (the author) made sure Timoken discovered something new so it wasn’t as if the running around was for nothing.

This book gets a 8 out of 10. I am assuming there will be more action in the second book.

Series Spotlight: Midnight for Charlie Bone (The Children of the Red King) by Jenny Nimmo

I could never get into the “Harry Potter” series. *GASP!* I tired reading it when I was ten and just couldn’t do it. It will probably be a different

Midnight For Charlie Bone #1
Midnight For Charlie Bone #1

story now but I haven’t had the time to pick it up. The purpose of me telling you this is to highlight a series I read when I was 16 working at the library.

“Midnight for Charlie Bone (The Children of the Red King)” is my FAVORITE wizard, witch, save the world series. Written by Jenny Nimmo in 2003 this story is pretty close to the “Harry Potter” series. Bone is sent to Bloor’s Academy by his aunt and there he discovers that he is the descendant of the powerful Red King, along with a few other kids.

What I loved about this book was Nimmo (the author) was able to get me to like fantasy. The twist the turns, the details are perfect and I fell in love with the entire series. This series came well after “Harry Potter” which was released in 1997. But I couldn’t understand why this series never got the attention it deserved. Even if some people consider it a water down version of “Harry Potter” it still is a pretty damn good series.

In this week’s series spotlight “The Children of the Red King” gets a 9 out of 10.