The Dragon King: Otherworld Chronicles, Book 3
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Dragon King, the third and last volume of the Otherworld Chronicles, is a good read, full of action-packed adventures and battles as the heroes fight to save the world. Though there's some gruesome violence involving scary mythical beasts, dangerous quests, and the ever-present, super-evil Merlin, the descriptions aren't overly graphic or gory. (The violence level is comparable to that of an E10+ video game.) Middle-school readers will appreciate the way ordinary characters use their brains and expertise to conquer evil.
What's the story?
THE DRAGON KING is the third and final book in the The Otherworld Chronicles, a series about two middle-school gamers literally sucked into the video game Otherworld. As the tale concludes, they go from adventure to adventure, trying to find the Holy Grail to save Kay and Artie's father. Finally they must do battle with Merlin, who's amassed an army of gruesome creatures in a bid to take over the world. The characters have matured and grown through their quests; now they take on the responsibility of saving the world.
Is it any good?
The Dragon King is an easy, action-driven read, especially good for gamers looking for something else to do. Through these adventures, we've seen Artie and his friends mature from video game-obsessed middle schoolers to heroes on a mission to save the world. In the process, they discover there's more to life than gaming; they learn to be part of society and help one another. This final installment focuses more on the adventures and quests than on the characters, but these likable kids still will engage readers.
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