Parents' Guide to

Sky Raiders: Five Kingdoms, Book 1

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Fast-paced adventure, slow storytelling in series opener.

Book Brandon Mull Fantasy 2014
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 10+

age 9+

Best book my son has ever read.he used to be obsessed with Rick Riordan but now he won’t get his nose out of Brandon mulls book

Five stars and precise wording

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (9 ):

Fans of Brandon Mull know he needs a warm-up period with each of his series, and SKY RAIDERS is an OK warm-up that rabid fans will enjoy. The sky castles are pretty darn cool. So are the magic renderings and fights with giant plastic dinosaurs on top of even bigger cheesecakes. But casual fans and readers who like a clear picture of where the story is headed at the regularly appointed time (ahem, first plot point a quarter of the way through, pretty please) will be drumming their fingers, even through some of the cooler action scenes, because the action isn't moving the story along.

Another problem with spending most of the book making this new world cool and interesting: The main character, still a sixth grader, barely mentions parents or mourns the life he left behind. The omission seems almost as strange as, well, fighting plastic dinosaurs on top of a cheesecake.

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