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Brandon Mull has captivated many readers with his fantasy books. His most notable creation of course is Fablehaven, a five book series which follows two kids who wind up in a mysterious land. What’s even more impressive, however, is Mull’s ability to create multiple fantasies while keeping the quality of his original series. Despite The Candy Shop Wars, which received critical comments, Mull has had much success with his other series titled Beyonders. Such is the success of Brandon Mull’s new series Five Kingdoms, and its first book Sky Raiders does not disappoint. The book starts of on a typical Halloween night with protagonist Cole. However, the night definitely takes a twist when Cole tries to impress a girl by attending a Haunted House.
While incredibly imaginative, Mull’s talent lies in his ability to make one believe in magic. The clever wordplay, intelligent dialogue, and striking plot twists keeps one turning pages all night. While there is something familiar to Mull’s new work, there is definitely a difference that sets Five Kingdoms apart from his other books. Perhaps it's the unforgiving desert, home to the cliff dwelling scavengers who resemble the characters of a Star Wars movie. Or maybe it's the floating castles in the sky which reunite one with a nostalgic Harry Potter-esque feeling. The woods which seem to be listening to what you are saying just might have something to do with it. And the strong headed princess in a quest to reunite with her powers could be the overall twist that makes this book a great adventure for anyone who wishes to reunite with their childhood imagination. While everyone has their own opinions, one thing is for sure; one will never know these lands if they don’t head on over to the school’s library and check it out. As for this critic, five stars must be given to Sky Raiders.
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