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The Labyrinth of Doom: Once Upon a Tim, Book 2

By Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Swordplay, wordplay, stereotype-busting in hilarious sequel.

Book cover: Stuart Gibbs' Labyrinth of Doom

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Slapstick, swordplay, stereotype-busting, and lots of vocabulary-boosting words as Stuart Gibbs' fast-paced follow-up finds young knights in still more peril from inept but persistent villains. Rescuing Princess Grace from The Labyrinth of Doom pits young Tim and Belinda (alias Bull, because she has to pretend to be a boy) against cave snakes, hypnotic harps, bad-tempered squirrels, and a minotaur who turns out to be a bit of a surprise. Stacy Curtis' lively illustrations bring it all to life and move things along so there's never a dull moment, as a new foe is always around the next corner. But Belinda in particular is not one to be intimidated, as here, where our heroes have just been captured by Book 1's villains:

"'Ruprecht!' Belinda snarled. 'And Smerkin! I should have known you were behind this.'

"'Um,' Nerlim said, looking like his feelings had been hurt. 'My name's Nerlim. Not Smerkin.'

"'Whatever,' Belinda said. 'I forgot.'

"'You forgot?' Nerlim said with a gasp. 'We went on a whole crusade together! And then I double-crossed you and revealed I had been deviously plotting against you the entire time! I tried to kill you! And you can't even remember my name?'

"'Apparently not,' Belinda said. 'Besides, you look like a Smerkin."

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