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Charlie Bone and the Castle of Mirrors (The Children of the Red King #4)

3.87 of 5 stars 3.87  ·  rating details  ·  16,898 ratings  ·  231 reviews
Charlie and his friends are back in danger, and the balance of power between the Children of the Red King has never been more dangerous. Billy finally gets his longed-for parents, but he soon wishes he hadn't when the oaths he's forced to sign come flying at him. Charlie is haunted by a ghostly horse, mad with rage over an ancient wrong.
Published June 5th 2006 by Egmont (first published July 1st 2005)
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When I found the latest Children of the Red King book in the catalog I was really excited. Luckily I only had to wait about a week for the hold to be filled, and then I read the book in an afternoon. (Plus an hour.)

In this year's adventure, Charlie heads back to school only to discover some of his key up-points are not in fact present. Manfred Bloor is not in fact gone, neither is his creature-mate Asa Pike, and Mr. Pilgrim, the popular piano teacher, is missing. Even the good news that his frie
Sonia Gomes
Dec 19, 2010 Sonia Gomes rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone who loves Kids books
Shelves: kids
Another one in the series of the Children of the Red King. We get to know the Endowed Children better and as human beings
Charlie who can jump into pictures is shown to us as the vulnerable little boy,desperately in search of his father, believed to be hypnotized. Risks his life and Billy's to search for a safe place for Billy but in reality trying to see if the man trapped in the Glass Castle is his father.
Billy, a sad orphan, who can talk to animals, longing for a family, never getting adopted.
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The magical children of Bland Academy set off on another uninspired adventure that take them to a mirrored castle that really doesn't do anything, and they defeat some bad guys and I don't really get the point of anything.

My favorite thing about the book by far is that the kid, at least as drawn on the cover, looks kind of like Art Stukas.

Clearly a ripoff of Harry Potter, and clearly written for a lower grade level, and clearly written by somebody who has observed people but doesn't get them. So
In a dark labatory deep within Bloor's Academy, Manfred and Ezekiel Bloor are brewing up a very nasty kind of trouble with Charlie Bone...

The prologue begins when the Red King and his wife, Queen Bernice, are riding by the sea. They spot a beautiful island, the Island of a Thousand Blues. She had a premonition of her children fighting there, and tells her husband that her children must never see the island. Charlie starts a new term at Bloor's Academy, and already trouble begins to brew. Ezekiel
I really liked the character development of Olivia in this story - I felt that her quasi-metamorphosis well exemplified what many girls her age portray after experiencing a great disappointment. I equally enjoyed the addition of Alice Angel and hope that she will make additional appearances in future installments. The story also demonstrated what consequences can occur when making a rash decision and not thinking it through before acting on it. Charlie Bone finds himself in just such a predicame ...more
entertaining. A poor man's Harry Potter. not a high recommend from me, but your kids might like it.
Charlie Bone is worried about his friend, Billy Raven. Billy, an albino and an orphan, has longed for a family of his own and it seems like his wish has come true when Mr. and Mrs. de Grey agree to adopt him. Charlie is happy for Billy, but the de Grey's are friends of the Bloor family and Charlie doesn't trust them. Charlie is right to be worried - the de Grey's have powers that literally won't let Billy leave the house unless he is going to school. Charlie, his Uncle Paton, and his friends all ...more
RATING: 3.12

A very Harry Potter book to me, but could be better.
Didn't like the fact Benjamin was taken out of the story just because he was not needed in the plot, while new endowed kids come in. As a matter of fact, the new kids have no character development in them. No explanation why were they helping the Bloors. No nothing. They only came on stage when the scene when things needed to be messed up in the plot.

The Castle of Mirrors doesn't grip your attention, no cliffhanger or something tha
Old Ezekiel has decided that he will bring his ancestor, a ferocious man who killed anyone who got in his way, back to life. It seems that Asa digging in the ruins of the castle found a heart wrapped and in a casket marked with a B and they believe it to be their ancestor. The take the horses bones and the heart and Charlies old aunts, Manfred and Ezekiel work together to bring the ancestor to life. Only it is the Queen and she wants to protect her "children" and does this. While the children ar ...more
Mar 17, 2012 Andrew rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who didn't mind reading a book from the Teen and Young Reader's section
Hmm...well I'm gonna be honest here. This wasn't exactly the best book so far in the series. It had many fascinating parts in it and a couple that when I read them and pictured them, that I thought, "Wow, that's cool!' but the ending kind of left me flat. I'm still gonna read the next book and finish the series because it's still fascinating, but the ending to book 4 (This one; Castle of Mirrors) reminded me of the ending to the first book (Book 1: Midnight For Charlie Bone). Distinct difference ...more
Cindell Nelson
Jenny Nimmo's Charlie Bone and the Castle of Mirrors is about Charlie's fourth term at Bloor's Academy. His friend Billy Raven, an albino orphan who can communicate with animals, is suddenly adopted by a mysterious couple known as the de Greys. Charlie manages to find a photograph of the de Greys on Manfred Bloor's desk, and immediately suspects that they don't really want to adopt Billy. Charlie and his endowed friends have also been hearing sounds of a ghost horse running around the grounds of ...more
I was very amazed throughout reading this book! The author had a great use or word choice and an excellent perception of the settings. The author had me gripping my chair because of the suspense and mystery on what would happen during certain events in the book. I never wanted to put the book down because I wanted to know what was going to happen to Charlie next or how was Charlie going to get out of this situation.
I was very surprised at how the author changed the point of view throughout the c
Jacob Bennett
Jan 06, 2011 Jacob Bennett rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
I really liked this book because it was intriguing and I wanted to read more and more of it. Certain parts of it are kind of dull, with not as much action happening as there usually is. Although, there are very few of those parts and the characters are very interesting. Such as Tancred, a boy who can control the weather.
When Charlie went to the castle of mirrors, I was excited because I thought that he would finally find his father. Charlie ended up being disappointed though, as it was not actu
Wow...i'm suprised with myself, I'm finished read it within 24 hours (start at 10 AM end at 11 PM).
I like how the story getting more excited and complicated, i'm going crazy to start read the next book asap!!!
My fav's always be Uncle Paton and after read this book I started to admire Lysander, hahaha...
My wife and I have been jumping all over in this series, dependent on the whims of fate as to which one is on the shelf at the library when the fit takes us. So we listened to #3 a long time ago, then recently #2 and now we are devouring #4 and #5 in quick succession.

I am growing into a big fan of this series. Throughout I like the collaborative nature of the childrens' various endowments, and how they have to work together to make it through the "big showdown" in every episode. Perhaps only bec
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This is the 4th book in the Charlie Bone series. I enjoy the cast of characters and the unique talents each of the descendants of the Red King possess. The lore is consistent as well.

In this episode, the evil Bloors have resurrected a horse who they think is a warmongering knight. One particular boy is put at risk and he and Charlie eventually learn the history of the Castle of Mirrors in the context of the Red King's realm. Charlie deals with father issues. The story is engaging and had many su
Cute and fast paced. I really liked what happened with Billy's storyline. And the twist in the Manfred storyline was interesting. I definitely enjoy this series and look forward to the next one.
Once again, the story is driving this series. At the halfway mark, considering the age group targetted here, there's definitely a fair bit of darkness to these tales. The main complaint I have is whenever we learn about new "rules" which come into play here. It seems to be the catalyst for introducing new endowed characters, such as Joshua Tilpin. But the stories seem to hold up well enough with the characters she already has established. Adding these extra endowed every so often simply confuses ...more
Jenny Nimmo did it again -- a superb installment to the Charlie Bone series w/ twists and turns that leave readers on their toes, wanting more #redking #fantasy
Nov 23, 2009 Nicole rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: kids not quite ready for Harry Potter
I'd give this 3.5 stars. Another fun adventure for Charlie and his friends. Of course, the writing is aimed at about a 3rd through 5th grader's level. The plot was well developed, but I thought it could have had some more meat (more time spent developing things) to it at times. There's still the mystery of who and where Charlie's father is and some other subplots that continue through the series, enough to keep the younger kids guessing. I'm not where he's vanished to at this point, but I'm abou ...more
Absolutely phenomenal! It kept me reading all night long! I believe it is one of the best Charlie Bone books, and that is definitely saying something! On many occasions I felt really bad for Billy Raven. I was adopted at a young age and I can't imagine my life if I wasn't, like Billy. In addition, finding out his "so-called" new parents didn't even want him to begin with. I was really shock with Tancred! I could believe he fell over to the dark side, even if it was only short term! Lastly, I kep ...more
This is much better than the other Charlie Bones before it. It adds extra plot things to Billy, and more history of the Red King and his children.
I read this book when I was in the fourth grade, but I noticed that every single one of these books had the same story line. Not as in the Harry-Potter-Vaguely-Similiar-Plot-Line, but in the identical story plot line. It goes like this: Some mysterious thing comes across Charlie Bone in his weird boarding school, he vanquishes it, his odd-ball uncle gets involved, and all with the help of his loyal sidekick.
First one is original, second and third one is vaguely interesting and by the end of the
Charlie Bone continues to enchant me. I truly care what happens to the characters ( really who doesn't care about what happens to Billy) and I want to keep reading. After book four in a series it becomes a harder sale. Nimmo hits it on the head I look forward to each book. Once again remember I am listening to tell on cd and that British accent adds to my overall enjoyment. But its nice that these books aren't as scary and violent as some popular kids books, I mean dont get me wrong I love Harry ...more
Better than 3. This father obsession is getting a little much, but the story still moves.
I love this book! It may be the best of the series so far! Olivia's talent is so cool!
Hope Dee
I found this really interesting and I would read it again. I just wanna start the series basically.
I don't know what it is about these books. They seem so simple but when I write the summary, there is such a load of details that need to be factored in. It is odd that at points the book is so transparent such as Charlie's misassumptions about his father, yet others are completely opaque such as the warhorse's identity. It is also odd how lightly death is taken. The characters are initially shocked by Crowquill's actions but recover in fairly short order. Perhaps this is a good way to deal with ...more
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Jenny Nimmo was born in Windsor, Berkshire, England and educated at boarding schools in Kent and Surrey from the age of six until the age of sixteen, when she ran away from school to become a drama student/assistant stage manager with Theater South East. She graduated and acted in repertory theater in various towns and cities: Eastbourne, Tunbridge Wells, Brighton, Hastings, and Bexhill.

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