Parents' Guide to

The Two Towers

By Mark Nichol, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Orcs attack, and Frodo marches to Mordor in exciting sequel.

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Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 10+

Better sequel but still poor

This book was better but still was bad. This is more complex than I thought!
age 18+

terrified me

Never before!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
Kids say (17 ):

Where The Fellowship of the Ring, the first volume of the trilogy, starts off slowly, this far more complex novel plunges right into the action, and the straight-ahead story line diverges. The fellowship has been split apart by near treachery and an attack by Orcs, and now the survivors debate whether to aid the Ring-bearer, Frodo, or try to rescue his captive countrymen, but they find no easy answer. After more betrayals and a seemingly hopeless battle, the story shifts to Frodo and Sam as the pair undertakes a grueling journey -- and the book culminates with yet another betrayal.

This is serious business -- especially to readers expecting more of the buoyant adventure of The Hobbit. But even amid all the archaic language, the din of war, and the trauma of little people overwhelmed by the shadow of impending doom, readers can depend on the hobbits' cheerful resilience and courage.

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