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The Eye of the Forest (Children of the Lamp #5)

3.97  ·  Rating Details ·  3,604 Ratings  ·  72 Reviews
When a collection of Incan artifacts goes missing, the Blue Djinn of Babylon dispatches the twins to South America to recover them. Along the way, though, John and Philippa encounter their friend Dybbuk, who has been drained of his djinn powers but is determined to get them back.
Hardcover, 423 pages
Published February 1st 2010 by Turtleback Books (first published January 1st 2008)
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Darth J
So many things to talk about in this review. One of the things that really irked me throughout the series so far is the fact that the butler Groanin could make these ridiculously erroneous comments about other cultures. The author at least has him admit something the rest of the audience knew:

"Groanin, you're a racist," said Nimrod.
"Yes, sir," said Groanin.
p. 307


None of the other characters bat an eye at this admission. Perhaps it's because these books perpetuate the trope of the genius kids and
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Seth Braybrook
Jan 08, 2013 Seth Braybrook rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Eye of the Forest by P.B. Kerr is the fifth book of The Children of the Lamp series. It is another exciting adventure about genies or “Djinn”, as they like to be called. The two main characters of the book are John and Philippa Gaunt. The two children are twins and they live in New York City. The twins often help their Uncle Nimrod solve mysteries involving magic.
Shortly into the book the twins and their Uncle Nimrod are sent on a magical mission to find some stolen ancient Incan artifacts
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Shane
May 19, 2009 Shane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: goodreads
This installment is far and away the best in the series. Earlier books felt like they were action sequence after action sequence designed to keep ADD/ADHD kids from losing interest. This one, feels more like a well written and well developed story.

If you need the stolen head of Pizarro, a guide with a shrunken head and a killer tattoo, or a war between two armies where the combatants are already dead...this is the story for you. Philippa and John travel to South America with Uncle Nimrod, his t
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Michael
I wasn't as impressed with this one as I was with the others. I think it's about time to bring the series to a close. First of all, this book gives new meaning to the phrase "deus ex machina". I mean, some of the stuff just happened out of nowhere! Philippa's strawberry shoes, etc. Also, so much random stuff happened that it detracted from the overall plot. And was it just me, or was the constant repition of phrases like fingernails on a chalkboard? I was so sick of reading "Sicky's head may hav ...more
Daisy
If the one word to sum up the previous book in this series was weird, this one (which thankfully has a more logical title) would probably be gross, and if I had to think of a second; annoying - that's because what with Groanin and Nimrod's racist and offensive comments, names on every page that are either impossible to pronounce or embarrassingly bad puns, and the fact that the author can't seem to ever make it clear if a character is dead or gone or what - this book can drive you crazy if you l ...more
Janice
Mar 13, 2017 Janice rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Twins look into an ancient Incan legend.
Rebecca H
Oct 03, 2012 Rebecca H rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Anthony
Sep 27, 2016 Anthony rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5/5 Stars
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27 September 2016
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Doris
It took me a while to articulate exactly what I did not like about this book, but overall it is to me the worst of the series. Taking in mind that it was written for children, it still seems a bit creepy and unfocused, with very good acts not really countered with bad acts, and a lot of zombies and reanimated ancients battling for no true reason (but aren't most battles for no true reason?)

Read on for a spoiler which almost made me drop this series of books from my reading list.

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Anna Elsa
Mar 12, 2012 Anna Elsa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Karen
Sep 08, 2016 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good children's story.
Jenne
Jun 04, 2009 Jenne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, adventure, teens
Continuing the marvelous adventure in this 5th installment, twin djinn, Philippa and John Gaunt, find themselves in the midst of a new adventure! Along with their Uncle Nimrod and his unhappy butler, the twins must go deep into the Amazon on the trail of the greedy wizard Virgil Mccreedy in search of the eye of the forest, a fabled gateway to the lost Inca City of Gold.

But all is not what it seems. Clues suggested that the way to the city is booby-trapped or false trails have been left by the In
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Stephanie
I wasn't as impressed with this one as I was with some earlier installments; I suppose I didn't appreciate the environmentalist overtones and wasn't drawn in by the rain forest setting or some of the plot elements. Still, it's pretty well written, the characters continue to be engaging, and there were some fun and even affecting scenes. (A certain conversation between Dybbuk and the shade of Mr. Rakshasas and another between Mr. and Mrs. Gaunt come to mind.) I'm still happy to follow this series ...more
Mr
Mar 12, 2009 Mr rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Sara B.
Dec 24, 2012 Sara B. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is really awesome! Its about 2 kids called John and Phillipa who have special powers and like to save the world. Their friend Dybbuk turned evil after he lost his special powers, and they are looking for him in the jungle before he does something very bad. With flesh eating flowers, strangling ropes, and more, John and Philippa's journey will turn very perilous. Can they survive to help Dybbuk? Read THE EYE OF THE FOREST by P.B. Kerr!
Colleen
It took me a long time to read this book which is weird because I loved the series and flew though the first four novels. I still liked this book but I wouldn't read it again. I seemed to get bogged down in the middle of the book. It didn't quite have the excitement that the first four book had but overall it is a novel worth reading once. Oh well, I guess Philip Kerr doesn't have to nail it all the time.
J. Else
Feb 15, 2009 J. Else rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book gets back to what I loved about the series. It began to dwindle a little bit, but this book was a stellar return to all that I loved about the first books. Tons of twists and turns, excellent plot development, and very enjoyable. I am not the biggest fan of the partial deux ex machina ending, but I find that there is one of those in each more recent book. I look forward to another book with anticipation and high hopes! There were a few questions left in the end...
Brett
Sep 24, 2010 Brett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: juvenile-fantasy
Continues to be highly enjoyable adventure with great humor, always sly, but sometimes verging on the goofy, sometimes verging on the gross (after all, this is a middle-grade book.) The characters continue to be great, especially John & Phillippa, & Nimrod & Groanin. Ends with an obvious new enemy for the next installment, which I hope comes soon.
Marissa
Feb 15, 2009 Marissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is probably the best one besides #4. You do learn a lot and it is filled with lots of humor and another amazing adventure. P.B Kerr is really good as a author and I highly recommend this book to everyone. This may look like a little kids' book from the cover but don't underestimate it. This is such a good book!
Jacob
Feb 29, 2016 Jacob rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Action packed adventure, on a race to save the world; are John, Philipia their uncle Nimrod and his butler gronin up to the challenge? Even for 3 djinn and a butler with a wish enhanced arm the Amazon rainforest can be a dangerous a place. This is truly a gripping novel, I highly recommend it if you like fantasy adventure books.
Iskreads
I loved this book. It just kept getting more and more interesting as you read through it. This book is filled with magical adventures of the to twins Philippa and John. They have something called djinn powers that are very powerful. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves adventure books with magic. If you read the whole series it's better.
Michelle
It took me a long time to read this book. It wasn't as engaging to me as the other books in the series. Maybe I have attention deficency problems, like another reviewer mentioned.

I did like this book. I love the imagination the author has!

I am curious if there will be another book in the series.
Brittany Perry
Mar 03, 2013 Brittany Perry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As always with this author it was amazing and I highly recommend it to anyone who loves harry potter or percy Jackson. It was original a great new testament to the series. It was full of surprises and again you learn more and more about the series as you go. England must be overstocked with excellent writers.
Mailis Viiand
After Indiana Jones opened up the possibilities in our minds of hidden jungle cities, treasures and traps, almost everyone has a soft spot for Amazon adventures. Add Djinn superpowers, weird local customs, annoying but funny villains, and sister-brother duo who never hesitate to blunder straight to the heart of things, and you have this book.
Amanda
Jul 25, 2009 Amanda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In this part of the series, John and Phillipa are off to find the eye of the forest, and ancient door leading to a mythical city. The question is whether or not it's that mythical. The twins meet new friends, lose some old ones, and have new and exciting magical experiences. I love reading about what happens to them!
Dayna Smith
The fifth book in The Children of the Lamp series. The twins along with Groanin, Nimrod, and Zadie must head for the Amazon jungle to find the Eye of the Forest and prevent Dybbuk and McCreeby from performing a ritual that will end the world. But as things seem to keep stalling their progress they begin to wonder if they have a traitor in their midst.
Anu
May 19, 2015 Anu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Urakka valmis! Tällä kertaa pelastetaan dzinnivoimin koko maailma. Huumoria revitään kallonkutistajaheimon kynsistä karanneesta viidakko-oppaasta jonka aistit ja järki toimivat vallan mainiosti, vaikka vankoilla hartioilla keikkuva pää onkin vain osapuilleen apelssiinin kokoinen. Mansikanhajuiset kengät osoittautuvat ratkaisevan tärkeiksi.
Kimberly Ann
I didn't like this as much as the previous books in the series. Usually it's a bit difficult to figure out who's the schemer, but in this book it was obvious from the beginning. There just wasn't as much excitement and the story line seemed unrealistic and contrived.

I was rather disappointed.
Christine (KizzieReads)
This installment is a little more on the gross side of things. I would advise not eating while reading certain parts of it. I found there was a little more action in this book, but it took a little to get into. Groanin as a character always puts a smile on my face. He loves to complain, but hates to be left alone.
James N
Feb 19, 2015 James N rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is the 5th in its series and takes place in a modern setting, but follows the adventures of genie twins John and Philippa. The book was very good and I largely enjoyed it. At times it could be confusing, but the story adds an interesting twist on historic events. Not the best, but I definetly recommend it. 4/5
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Philip Kerr (P.B. Kerr) is a British author of both adult fiction and non-fiction, most notably the Bernie Gunther series, and of children's books, particularly the Children of the Lamp series.

Kerr was educated there and at a grammar school in Northampton. He studied law at the University of Birmingham from 1974–1980, achieving a masters degree. Kerr worked as an adverti
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Other Books in the Series

Children of the Lamp (7 books)
  • The Akhenaten Adventure (Children of the Lamp, #1)
  • The Blue Djinn of Babylon (Children of the Lamp, #2)
  • The Cobra King of Kathmandu (Children of the Lamp, #3)
  • The Day of the Djinn Warriors (Children of the Lamp, #4)
  • The Five Fakirs of Faizabad (Children of the Lamp, #6)
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