10 January 2010

Review: Beyond the Valley of Thorns


Title: Beyond the Valley of Thorns

Author: Patrick Carman

Publisher: Orchard Books

Pages: 221

Description from the back of the book:

Alexa Daley thought her troubles were over when she defeated the man who had threatened to bring down Bridewell from within. But now that the walls around her land have fallen, a new, unexpected threat has risen from outside. Suddenly, Alexa is involved in a battle much, much larger than her own life…a battle in which she is destined to play a key role in.

Sinister forces are gathering in strange and vile forms, all with the goal of bringing darkness to the land. In order to help good defeat evil, Alexa and her friends must venture farther than they’ve gone before-confronting giants, bats, ravenous dogs and a particularly ghoulish mastermind in order to bring back peace.

My thoughts:

I really enjoy reading this book series. Although they are children’s books, they are really exciting. In the first book, Alexa had to find her way outside of the walls to find one of the few remaining Jocasta (a gem with microscopic writing on it that when worn allows her to talk to animals) so that the animals and her can help warn her people about the attack of the convicts. Also, by bringing down the walls they no longer have to live in captivated fear and are given the freedom to roam about the land.

In Beyond the Valley of Thorns, Alexa must again use the help of the animals to free a small village that has been suffering under the rule of a merciless and blood thirsty dictator. Will she be able to do what she needs before her and her friends get lost in the fight?

This book was really good and I read it in about a day. The Land of Elyon Books are always full of adventure, secret maps, talking animals, giants and midgets and at the end there is always a fight of good vs. evil. It even has a very surprising twist at the end and I was very shocked. These book are really good and I would recommend them to anyone who likes a great adventure book.

7 comments:

ck.twilighter (Chasity) said...

Wow.... according to your review this book looks packed with goodies from cover to cover. I think this would make a great present for my little sister!! Thx!!

Melissa said...

Great review! These seem like wonderful books :)

Kate said...

Great review. I just love the covers for this series.

Becky said...

I have heard great things from my students about The Land of Elyon books. It really sounds like I should give them a try. After all I love fantasy so they should be right up my street. Great review.

Cleverly Inked said...

This looks like a cute read! How long did it take you to get through the series?

Book Snob said...

To Kate:

I've only read through book two but they read really fast. I read the second one within a 24 hour period.

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