The Shadow World (The Eidolon Chronicles)
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The Shadow World (Eidolon #2)

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Ben Arnold had hoped that exposing Mr. Dodds's vile Pet Emporium -- abusiness that stole magical creatures from Eidolon to sell to England'srich and curious -- would prevent the Secret Country from fading away intoruin. However, it soon becomes clear that the evil, dog-headed Dodman'sreign of terror has only just begun. Ben's mother, Queen Isadora, returns to her homeland...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published August 21st 2007 by Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing (first published April 1st 2007)
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Jun 12, 2008 Heather rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: older elementary children
Intriguing fantasy, book two in the series. It was a little flat for me. I was invested enough in the story from book one that I wanted to see where it would go. And the ending was sufficient for me to want to read the next book. However, it is a child's book and not particularly riveting for most adults. There is a little humor in it, though it's subtle.

I was reading to approve it for my son, who is 7. I did let him read it, but I would caution other parents of sensitive children that there is...more
Jennifer Wardrip
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Time has passed since Ben Arnold ventured into The Secret Country. He's hoping that what he did there was enough to save what is left of its creatures, and land, and his mother. She's doing so much better now! But, Ben knows in his heart that eventually his mother will have to go back and assume her rightful role as Queen of Eidolon.

Knowing, and hoping against it, can't possibly prepare Ben for how quickly that day comes. Even though part of Ben h...more
Indah W
This is actually a pretty nice story but dunno why it took me ages to finish reading it, ahahahaha :p

But it's always nice to read something about the other world, or in this case, the shadow world where the people you see "here" where we live might seem different "there" in the shadow world, they might become monsters-look..

Ahahaha.. guess that I didn't share anything of what the book is all about, eh? :p
This is the second book in this trilogy (I'm pretty sure it will only be a trilogy), but I'm not really sure what the point was. Other than one event at the very end (like the last 2 pages) it didn't feel like the story that started with The Secret Country. That said, overall, it was an enjoyable read.
Humor and action mixed uneasily. Caricatures instead of characters. Astonishing carelessness with the Book of Names (that was what it was called, right?).
An excellent coninuation of the story, taking the entire family into the magical world to fight the Doddman (Anubis). Great characters and good plot twists.
Spectacular in the utmost way.
It shows that no matter how hard evil tries, it will always have to give way to good.
Cute story. Great for children getting into fantasy.
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