The Invisible Tower (Otherworld Chronicles #1)
Part of the spell has already been broken.
The first stones have begun to crumble.
In Artie Kingfishers world, wizards named Merlin, fire-breathing dragons, and swords called Excalibur exist only in legends and loreuntil the day his video game Otherworld springs to life.
You are special, Arthur,
Says the mysterious message in his game.
In one weeks time you will come to...more
The nearly-twelve daughter inhaled The Invisible Tower, and said she was already for the next. Too bad since Otherworld Chronicles book one was only just getting published. How did I feel about it?
I’d been wonder when Arthurian legends would make the rounds in popular juvenile fiction. I understand Meg Cabot has modernized the lore for teen girls and Mary Pope Osborne plays with it a bit (near the beginning at least) with The Magic Tree House for the e...more
Artie Kingfisher is a pretty average kid. He likes Mountain Dew and video games. He has a close relationship with his older sister, Kay, and their dad, Kynder. (Since he was eight years old, when he learned that he was adopted, Artie has called his father by his first n...more
I find Middle Grade reads rather invigorating because they can take you places that other books just can't with good clean fun.
The transition from old school legend to modern day gamers and technology in this book is fascinating. I don't know a child alive that wouldn't enjoy the idea that they could actually go into their video games. Now, what I know about the legend of King Arthur comes from the movie The Sword in the Stone so I'm aware that I only have...more
The Invisible Tower by Nils Johnson-Shelton is neither an original story idea nor innovative concept. It takes the legend of King Arthur and places it in a modern setting. This is done in a way similar to the Artemis Fown, and Rick Riordan books. In some parts the writing doesn’t flow well and the story doesn’t seem authentic. Reading the conversations among the characters was like watching a poorly scrip...more
Artie is a primo gamer in our fair Ohio, when he and Kay go to a gaming contest- both are shoe-ins to win the games- they find Merlin has been waiting for them to release him for the Invisible Tower.
The Game is On and the kids work with ancient persons to valiantly battle the evil Morgaine.
All good fun for the young readers as Arthur is reimagined as a young king hidden...more
My Review: This book is an action-packed adventure from start to finish. Follow Artie and his sister Kay as they journey in a video game called Otherworld.
Artie finally defeats a very difficult level in the Otherworld game and while on the game forum to talk about the win he received a message from one MrT asking him to find an Easter egg. Easter egg in the game is known as a secret, usually a joke or something hidden in the game. So why playing the game Artie found a note in the Easter egg, the...more
And it was a sweet book and I thought how Johnson-Shelton incorporated the myth into The Invisible Tower was pretty good in my opinion. It had enough of the original thing and also a definite touch from the author.
Things happen with enough speed to keep...more
Arthur "Artie" Kingfisher was adopted by his family when he was just a baby. Until recently he's never really questioned where he came from, but after a not-so-chance meeting with Merlin, he's curious. The answers are not what he ever expe...more
This is a wonderful book to share with an 8-12 yr old. Both boys
and girls may love this story.
The characters are fun to read about,
Artie (Arthur) is a somewhat weak, simplistic character and is a
perfect foil to his more independent sister Kay. The relationship they
share with Dad Kynder was close and warm.
This is a light hearted story appropriate for young Middle Graders.
The adventurous storyline will hold their attention. I think...more
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He walked through the lobby, got into a full elevator, and no one stared. He passed a cleaning lady in the hallway outside his room, and all she said was,"Hello there."
He had an invisible sword. Really.”
Kay could barely believe it. For one, where did he get that shirt? These Otherworld people LIVED Dungeons and Dragons--they played it too? For a second Kay thought she might be looking at the most ironic t-shirt and t-shirt wearer combination ever.”