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The Secret of the Swamp King (The Wilderking Trilogy #2)

4.19  ·  Rating Details ·  733 Ratings  ·  32 Reviews
As book two opens, Aidan is living in the court of King Darrow. He has become best friends with Darrow's son Steren, and he enjoys great favor among the courtiers. But King Darrow's suspicion is growing and his insecurity causes him to hate the young man who saved his kingdom. Concerned about his king's spiral into ever-darker moods, Aidan asks what he can do to help. Darr ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published May 1st 2005 by B&H Fiction
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Janet
Dec 10, 2007 Janet rated it really liked it
I didn't realize that this is a sequel to The Bark of the Bog Owl when I picked it up. Very well done classic epic fantasy (the main character is often referred to as the "young hero", for children. Rogers does one thing most fantasy ignores: he creates a natural setting that is well described, interesting, and plays an important part of the book. It seems like in most fantasy the characters tromp around through a generic plain, village, and spooky forest. In this book, it is clear the author kn ...more
Jessica
Sep 17, 2007 Jessica rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: 0-99
Shelves: fantasy
This book is SOOOO good! I actually like it better than the first in the series. Aiden and Dobro are such awesome friends, that it makes you wish you could be one of them. I like it how they stick together and stand up for one another! I especially like the part where Aiden's in the cage and Dobro tells him "I'm gonna get you out of there!", but of course he can't cause it has a metal lock. Later on, in battle, Dobro gets thrown against the cage by an enemy and it breaks the cage. Dobro looks at ...more
Lily Mei
Mar 10, 2012 Lily Mei rated it it was amazing
My daddy read this out loud with me. I gave this book 5 stars because Aidan was on a quest to the Feechiefen for the frog orchid. My favorite part was when Dobro said: "See Aidan! I told you I'd get you out of here!" You will have to read it yourself to find out why that's so funny.
Magma
Oct 14, 2008 Magma rated it it was amazing
in this book Aidan has been hiding out with his Feechi friends for several years and he gets a suprise visitor who helps start his next adventure. I'd say more but that would be telling. you'll just have to read it yourself. ^.-
Hosanna
Oct 30, 2015 Hosanna rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
The Secret of the Swamp King is another exciting book by Jonathan Rogers! It continues off of the first book in the Wilderking Series, and it is recommended to read book #1 before this one. This book is as good as the Bark of the Bog Owl if not better! Aidan, the main character, is forced into a situation that he eagerly embraces and sets out for the adventure that follows. There is not a dull part in the book! He is forced to show courage, strength and trust in the One God. One of my favorite ...more
Julie
Jul 06, 2008 Julie rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: yes
Great read aloud, especially for young boys. Our whole family enjoyed this entire series.
Cindy
May 29, 2008 Cindy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: everyone, youth
I love this series! This book keeps you hoping with adventure.
Jen
Apr 01, 2012 Jen rated it really liked it
As usually happens with the second in a trilogy, this is a journey story, a quest, that takes the young hero into the wilderness he's only dreamed of entering. And I thought at first that that would be kind of tiring, but it wasn't; the new characters introduced were fun and kicky, enough of the people from the first book returned to have serious continuity without it being exhausting, and the descriptions were just great--Rogers's creation of Feechiefen was fantastically strong. The David theme ...more
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Joshua
Jul 19, 2015 Joshua rated it it was amazing
The series is moving along and the flow is wonderful. In book 2 we are introduced to some new entertaining characters. Sadly we see some who were once genuinely good honest and even worthy to lead fall from grace to treachery leading them to deplorable actions in fits of jealousy and rage. Can't wait for book 3!
Johnny Bennett
May 31, 2016 Johnny Bennett rated it really liked it
The Secret of the Swamp King continues the story of Aidan as he tries to serve king Darrow. It also continues to loosely parallel King David story from the Bible. The adventure of this book was more compelling then the last. The main character was more developed though the rest seemed contrived and the plot twist was easily foreseeable as a trope. This suffers from the classic second book in a trilogy failing. The first book ends, story complete, but with one wanting more. The second book ends, ...more
Tricia
Nov 30, 2010 Tricia rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, middle-grades
A tale of adventure, jealousy, treachery, betrayal - and ultimately, grace - with a dose of environmentalism and stewardship thrown in for good measure.

Quote from pp 220 and 221:
Aidan was hoping for something more reassuring from the Truthspeaker. "What do you have that wasn't given to you?" the old man continued. "That's grace, man -- what you're given, not what you deserve. And that's as true for Maynard as it is for you, as it us for me. Grace is the very air we breathe."
... "Your brother
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Trace
Aug 23, 2013 Trace rated it it was amazing
Oh my word! We laughed soooo hard throughout this book! I do believe we loved it EVEN better than the first book in this series. It was SUCH a riot to read aloud....sometimes I laughed myself to tears.... especially the chapter about the feechie-sing... oh my word - Luke and I won't soon forget that one!

This book had some very heartbreaking moments too.. so it wasn't all giggles - we actually gasped at least once...

And beyond the laughter and tears -this book is WELL WRITTEN!

I have such a high
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Jeff
Jul 05, 2014 Jeff rated it really liked it
I read this book to my boys (ages 11 and 10) at night. It is a great read for them. They love the action and the paralleled story line with David and Saul and Jonathan. We will read the final book in the trilogy.
Tamara Pfanstiel
Beautiful

Lovely continuation of Aiden's story. Books like this are so necessary to prime children's' imaginations for goodness and heroics! Highly recommend.
Grace
Oct 07, 2014 Grace rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this! I really like that the author take stories from the Bible, like David and Goliath and turns them into exciting stories!
Jonathan Wylie
Jonathan Rogers has again out done himself. I tried to take a break from the book but as a family we just couldn't stop. This will be a read aloud for years in our family.
Arava
Dec 24, 2014 Arava rated it really liked it
Although not for those who abhor predictability (the trilogy parallels the Biblical account of King David), this second book in Jonathan Roger's trilogy was delightful. My dad and brother laughed and grinned as I read it aloud. The character were endearing and the interspersed feechie songs and chants were winners!

But by far, we are most captured by the feechies themselves. Dobro and company keep us in stitches with their wild disdain of "cold-shiny" and their powerful love of a good wrestling m
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Chloe
Apr 23, 2014 Chloe rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: People of all ages looking for a great and enjoyable story!
To start, i really liked this book. Aiden, the main hero, is not my favorite, def not my favorite, and i'll get to that in a minute. Let's start with what i really liked. One, the whole world of Corenwald, Pyrth, and Feechiefen. My favorite out of those is Feechiefen, it is just so filled with adventure and excitement, and i just love it!! Second, I like that it is based off of the story of David. So that concludes this review of Secret of The Swamp King
Matt Carpenter
Dec 14, 2015 Matt Carpenter rated it really liked it
We thoroughly enjoyed it.
Mandi
Jun 03, 2015 Mandi added it
My boys loved this series! Jonathan Rogers did a nice job of igniting the imagination without being too unbelievable. We were sad it was over! The 'feechies" will not soon be forgotten in this house!
Allen Bradford
Jun 08, 2012 Allen Bradford rated it it was amazing
One of our family's all-time favorites!!! We have read the trilogy out loud as a family several times. These books are clever and fun to read - you are drawn into the world of the Feechiefolk and never want to leave. And the lessons that you glean from them are eternal. We love the WIlderking Trilogy! Read them now!
Jeff Short
Apr 27, 2011 Jeff Short rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
This is book two of The Wilderking Trilogy. There are still parallels to the biblical story of David, but again, the story has a life of its own. The book also has a lot of action and more of those Feechies we met in the first book. This was a fun family read-aloud.
Ria
Dec 05, 2011 Ria added it
Wasn't as good, as The Bark Of The Bog Owl (The Wilderking Trilogy), but oh well.
Mandi
Mar 25, 2010 Mandi rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-alouds
Fantastic! My kids and I are laughing out loud over and over again at the antics and words of the Feechies! So well written and absolutely hilarious, while, all the while, teaching awesome Biblical lessons! I highly recommend this trilogy!
Kenny Clark
Jan 22, 2012 Kenny Clark rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, fantasy
One of the best lines of the book: "He's thrown away the grace he was given because it's not the grace he had in mind."

Loved this book. Loved reading it aloud to my daughter even more.
Andrea
Oct 23, 2015 Andrea rated it really liked it
This series is so fun! We've been reading these for our "family read-alouds" lately and we're all loving them. Can't wait to read the third, and final one, next!
Jared
This book took a while before it got very exciting, but the ending was great. More adventures of Aiden!
Seth
Aug 24, 2013 Seth rated it liked it
A decent trilogy, but not as good as the Wingfeather Saga.
Leah
Aug 22, 2010 Leah rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
Great Christian fiction!
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Jonathan Rogers grew up in Georgia, where he spent many happy hours in the swamps and riverbottoms on which the wild places of The Wilderking are based. He received his undergraduate degree from Furman University in South Carolina and holds a Ph.D. in seventeenth-century English literature from Vanderbilt University. The Bark of the Bog Owl has already found a receptive audience among Jonathan’s o ...more
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