The Secret Kingdom (Chronicles of the Red King #1)
The first book in NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY bestselling author Jenny Nimmo's brand-new trilogy about the boy who started it all for Charlie Bone and his friends. Now in paperback!
Timoken is a prince born in a secret kingdom. At his birth, a forest jinni bestows magical gifts upon him: a cloak made by the last moon spider and a potion called Alixir. When the peaceful lan...more
That said, I'm still looking for a repeat of the particular magic Jenny Nimmo cast on me with the Snow Spider trilogy. Sadly, this didn't even begin to approach it. I won't read any more of the series, although I'll likely revisit Charlie Bone himself.
Wow Jenny Nimmo knows how to tell a cracking story. The Secret Kingdom books are my first taste of her novels and I have to say won’t be the last. The trilogy follows Timoken, a young boy who is enchanted by a magical moon spider web cloak when he is born and leaves him with one foot in this world and one in the realm of enchantments. When he is just eleven tragedy strikes and his parents are killed by evil viridees who are after the cloak and to survive T ...more
When I first started reading The Secret Kingdom, I was a little hesitant. Nimmo breaks many rules in the first chapter (which I’ve been learning about in my writing class) and it put me on edge. I certainly admire the author for telling the story her way and by chapter 5 I was ready to let go of my disbelief and become part of this story.
The novel begins with the Queen of ...more
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This was very, very different. It's the story of the ancient Red King, the ancestor of all the endowed children in the Charlie Bone series. It takes place hundreds and hundreds of years before the original series and the story is styled differently ...more
A prequel to the Children Of The Red King series, as the Children of The Red King, follows the decendents of the magical Red King from Afria. This boook and the other two to follow in the Chronicles of the Red King series will focous on Timoken, who is the Red King but when he is little.
The novel is about Timoken and his older sister, Zobayda, who parents would have done anything to protect them. When they were babies their parents met a Forest Jinni who gave the children ma ...more
Most of the book was like a blur... Everything happened SO quickly that I don't remember much of the details that took place... (I guess I'll have to read it again? Whelp. 8P) It's kinda funny though. Things were happening so quickly in ...more
This series is supposed to provide the back story to the Charlie Bone series. Who was the Red King, and how did he get his powers? So far, so good... Except that it read like the world's longest African folk tale. One incredible thing after another happened, but it was all related in a very matter-of-fact fashion. I ...more
I haven't read the Charlie Bones books yet, but this book was suggested by a librarian friend for my son and myself.
It's an interesting enough story about a boy and his sister. How they come 'into' magic and how they seek to escape the dreadful creatures that destroyed their family and kingdom.
The story's tone is very much that of a fairytale. You won't find first person here, or truly much character development in the normal sense. But there is action and things of interest for childre ...more
Having read all of the Charlie Bone books I was excited to find there was a set of Charlie Bone prequel books I never knew about. While reading the original series I had questions about the Red King. I wondered where he came from, specifically, and how the endowed began.
The Secret Kingdom was the first of the prequel books and although I had many questions answered, I still have more answers to find. In true Charlie Bone s ...more
I just wanted to get a little background too see the "roots", even though they were kids it didn't have any of the classic cliche crap with being kidnapped and used against the other person.
The violence wasn't hidden either(which American Kid Authors sometimes cover up)and they did what had to be done, instead of subjecting oneself to pain and torture and destruction because of "will not harm others who are harming me even if it ...more
The author's need to link the tale back to Charlie himself is perhaps the one note that is out of place. While it is nice to get that link, the story ho ...more
The story starts in the Secret Kingdom which is doomed to fall to the wicked viridees. Before the end, the children Timoken and Zobayda are given gifts which protect them and an Alixir which keeps them from aging. When the viridees have killed their father, Timoken is told by his mother that he can fly and that he is to take his sister an ...more
I liked this book because it was easy to read and wasn't boring.At first the main setting is in the dessert and also in the forest at times.The main characters are Timoken,A camel and Zobayda. The problems they are facing are creatures that are trying to steal the gifts that the Forest Jinni gave Timoken while he was just a baby.I would most definitely recommend.This book seems like its for people who like getting lost in a adventure a ...more
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