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The Forever Man: W.A.R.P., Book 3

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Action-packed finale lacks wow factor of first two books.

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The first two W.A.R.P. books had that riveting wow factor, making it a surprise that the finale is only pretty good. Maybe it's the 17th-century town setting in THE FOREVER MAN. It can't compete with Victorian or modern London, the settings of the other books. So much of author Eoin Colfer's witty wordplay came from the Victorian dialects and descriptions of the crazy characters that lived there. People on witch hunts are just not very fun. A couple of modern-day characters sneak into the story, but even with a talking dog in the mix, it's not enough.

Or maybe Book 3 isn't as amazing because of Garrick. He's a stunning villain character in Book 1, but in Book 3 he comes back with very few new tricks up his magician sleeves -- well, except the not-dying part. And readers may find themselves a little too caught up in the why and how of Garrick and other creatures emerging from the wormhole intact. The rules seem to keep changing just in time to suit the story. If Forever Man were more of a stand-alone time-travel tale, readers would walk away satisfied enough, but because we know what wonders Colfer is capable of, it's a bit of a disappointment.

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