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Rogue Knight: Five Kingdoms, Book 2

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Slow storytelling in an intriguing fantasy realm.

Book Brandon Mull Fantasy 2014
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ROGUE KNIGHT suffers from many of the same issues as series opener Sky Raiders: The storytelling is just too slow. Cole and Mira spend too much time in the Confidence Lounges getting disguised and casually taking in gossip, and there's too much backstory on the Rogue Knight and all his duels and the whole system of duels in the kingdom.

What Rogue Knight does well is what author Brandon Mull always excels in: world building. And, in this series, he's tasked with creating a new form of magic and a new way of life for each of the five kingdoms. The magic of seemings is pretty cool, and so are the crazy hermit grand shapers and their abilities. Mull also adds a bit more whimsy to his world this time; the scene with slime for dessert is pretty great. The series' strengths will definitely be enough to keep fans reading.

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