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Review by Nate: Curse of the Spider King


May 21, 2013 by Jen Cudmore

Title & Author: The Curse of the Spider King (the Berinfell Prophecies, book 1) by Wayne Thomas Batson & Christopher Hopper

Short Summary: Seven lords go missing. Seven kids appear on the adoption lists. After 13 years, the missing lords are ready to return to Berinfell, save their people from oppression and reclaim their lost home. Meanwhile, the Spider King’s assassins prepare to go after the lords. When they’re ambushed before entering their world, one is injured and almost killed. How long with the lords survive? Can they save their people?

What I liked about the story: The plot weaves and quickly changes direction to keep you on your toes.

What I liked about the writing: The author must have a map of each room. It’s described in so much detail, it’s near impossible to not see the world the way he sees it.

Submitted by: Nate, 12 years old


Taken the official website: About the books: The Seven succeeding Elven Lords of Allyra were dead, lost in the Siege of Berinfell as babes. At least that’s what everyone thought until tremors from a distant world known as Earth, revealed strange signs that Elven blood lived among its peoples. With a glimmer of hope in their hearts, sentinels are sent to see if the signs are true. But theirs is not a lone errand. The ruling warlord of Allyra, the Spider King, has sent his own scouts to hunt down the Seven and finish the job they failed to complete many ages ago.

Now 13-year-olds on the brink of the Age of Reckoning when their Elven gifts will be manifest, discover the unthinkable truth that their adoptive families are not their only kin. With mysterious Sentinels revealing breathtaking secrets of the past, and dark strangers haunting their every move, will the young Elf Lords find the way back to the home of their birth? Worlds and races collide as the forces of good and evil battle. Will anyone escape the Curse of the Spider King?


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