What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Otherworld Chronicles: The Invisible Tower is an action-packed adventure story with battles against fight dire wolves, dragons, and all sorts of mythical creatures. The battles are designed to be similar to the first-person video games that main characters Kay and Artie are obsessed with. There's some blood and gore (limbs get severed and blood is spilt; a severed hand plays a pivotal role in Artie's quest), but in general the violence is mild. There are also some more mature themes here: Kay is abandoned by her mother at an early age, when Artie is brought to live with the Kingfishers by Merlin. How being abandoned has affected Kay is explored later in the book. Qwon, a teen friend, is kidnapped and taken to Otherworld, and readers will need to read the next book in the Otherworld Chronicles to find out what happens to Qwon.
What's the story?
Avid gamer Artie Kingfisher starts getting messages in his favorite video game, Otherworld, only to find out that his destiny is to save the world from disaster. When he meets Mr. T (aka Merlin), he discovers that he's a clone of the original King Arthur and his quest is to venture into Otherworld. Merlin also helps him to claim Excalibur from the Lady of the Lake. Well equipped, Artie, along with his older sister Kay and a few other trusted knights, faces challenges in Otherworld such as a ferocious she-wolf, tornadoes, an evil witch and a dragon, all to bring back the key that will unlock Merlin from his imprisonment in the invisible tower.
Is it any good?
Full of action and adventure, OTHERWORLD CHRONICLES: THE INVISIBLE TOWER will appeal to fans of Rick Riordan, King Arthur, and/or gamers. The action is fun and the violence not too gruesome. The characters are funny, wisecracking teens who rise to the challenge to save the world. Ultimately, this is an easy reading book, a perfect summer read for teens.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about what teens learn from video games. Can some games be educational and informative as well as entertaining?
Even though his sister, the loyal Sir Kay, plays second fiddle to King Artie, Kay is a smart brave teen who faces danger alongside her brother. Families can talk about gender stereotypes in media and how girls are portrayed.
Why do the centuries-old King Arthur legends remain so popular in books and movies? What others books or movies have you encountered that draw on or update them?
|Topics:||Magic and fantasy, Adventures, Book characters, Brothers and sisters|
|Publisher:||HarperCollins Children's Books|
|Publication date:||September 4, 2012|
|Number of pages:||352|
|Publisher's recommended age(s):||8 - 12|
|Available on:||Hardback, iBooks, Kindle, Nook, Paperback|