Parents' Guide to

Hammer of Witches

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Fairy-tale creatures come to life in so-so swashbuckler.

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Kids will no doubt be enchanted with the idea of conjuring fairy-tale creatures that make all your problems disappear. The hero of HAMMER OF THE WITCHES is easy to relate to: He's been bullied, he wishes his life could just be easy, and he's really, really mad at his father. The action is exciting, the creatures fantastic, and Columbus' famous first voyage west makes for an adventuresome backdrop.

All this may prevent kids from noticing the stilted dialog, the too-regular pacing of exposition and action, the convenient plot devices that make things happen just when they need to, and the shallow extent to which the past is evoked. But it may also prevent them from getting truly swept up in a world that should have so much more to offer.

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