A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Gives background on Stonehenge and Paris' Point Zero, both featured in the story prominently.
Josh is tempted by an enchanted sword, but he chooses his sister's safety instead. Strong female characters/role models.
Violence & Scariness
Teenage twins are set upon by all manner of scary mythological beasts in attempts to capture them; lots of tense moments, but they get mostly scratches. Some sword fighting and archery, with a couple of characters sustaining stab wounds. Lots of mythological beasts killed in battle. One sea beast is stabbed and chopped up. Poisonous insects swarm and attack. Many mentions of twins in the past that died or went mad during the magical process of "awakening." Repeated threat to one character by his overlords that he will be made mortal, then aged to the point of incapacity, then made immortal again so he can suffer like that for eternity.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the third installment in this popular fantasy series has plenty of mythological beasts and battles, with teenage twins at the center of the conflict. Lots of spiders, poisoned insects, and mythological dogs and wolves meet their demise in tense battle scenes, but it's clear that the twins won't be harmed -- though there are mentions of twins in the past that didn't survive. There's lots of talk of magic, auras, and mythological gods and goddesses, and some recognizable historical characters make appearances as immortals.
Is It Any Good?
Consistent with the rest of the series, creatures and characters plucked from a number of mythologies and historical eras abound -- so much so that it's hard to keep them straight. But for the most part, these creatures fascinate and send chills down the spine when they're sent to battle the twins and Perenelle. Also, Palamedes isn't nearly as charming and ruthless a protector as Scatty, who only makes a brief appearance (and a disappointing disappearance).
What does work just as well in this book is the pacing of the action -- Scott always opens with a good chase and closes with an against-all-odds escape, and everything takes place in just a couple of days. Plus, in keeping with the title THE SORCERESS, we finally get to see more of Perenelle's powers, and for girls who like fantasy reads, this story again features powerful female characters.
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