Monday 27 January 2014

Review on The Land of Stories #2 The Enchantress Returns

Twins Conner and Alex Bailey return to the Land of Stories in this sequel. When they learn that the evil Enchantress has kidnapped their mother, they must return to the fairy tale world to save her and end the reign of the Enchantress once and for all. The twins team up with some familiar faces, including Froggy, Jack,Goldilocks and Queen Red Riding Hood, and must go on a quest to find all the ingredients they need to create the Wand of Wonderment, the most powerful wand in the world. However, the twins journey will be perilous, and they will face many dangerous and deadly foes along the way. Will they be able to save their mother and the fairy-tale world before it is too late, or will the Enchantress rule over all the Kingdoms for-evermore?

I thought this was a brilliant and exciting sequel. Although the plot was similar to the first book, with the twins having to travel around the fairy tale world to collect various items, there was still many themes to keep the story original. Characters that we know and love from the first book return, but we also have the addition of Mother Goose, who is a brilliant and funny character, and also some new villains. Although I think each task could have been spread out over more than one chapter, it was still well thought out. There are certain problems presented near the start of the novel that are not resolved until the last chapter, and this keeps you guessing throughout the novel what it means. It takes a while to get into the main quest of the story, as the twins have to find a way into the Land of Stories and also find out a way they are able to defeat the Enchantress before they can start the quest. The climax has a good moral to it, and will teach children a valuable lesson. I am looking forward to the third installment in this series.

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