The Chestnut King (100 Cupboards, #3)
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When Henry York found 99 cupboards hidden behind his bedroom wall, he never dreamed they were doors to entirely new worlds! Unfortunately, Henry’s discovery freed an ancient, undying witch, whose hunger for power would destroy every world connected to the cupboards—and every person whom Henry loves. Henry must seek out the legendary Chestnut King for help. Everything has a...more
Mass Market Paperback, 482 pages
Published January 26th 2010 by Random House (first published January 1st 2010)
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Adam Ross
Simply gorgeous. C. S. Lewis once said that Lord of the Rings burned like cold iron, but, you know, in a good way. Wilson's Chestnut King sears like ice-fire, a glorious euchatastrophe, a beautiful and at times terrifying story that caps off the trilogy very well. In fact, in reading the book I found myself doing something I have't done since I was young. I stayed up late reading, desperately devouring every page. The metaphors are well done, the allusions to classical literature all in place, a...more
Noël DeVries
Being a new series is hard work. Readers finish the first installment, eager to jump into the next, but it doesn't release for another twelve months and memory dims. Interest fades. When book two is finally delivered, the process begins all over again.

Well, N.D. Wilson's 100 Cupboards trilogy is officially sealed and seasoned: you no longer have any excuse.

Once more I find myself protesting in a review: complex worlds with mazy customs and tongue-twisting names are not my cup of tea. But Wilson...more
Kirsten
Aug 24, 2011 Kirsten rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Ages 13 and up (it was really scary okay!)
WOW!! Just when I thought this series couldn't get anymore exciting, N.D. Wilson really cranked it up! I was held captive by the Chestnut King!! I truly could not put this book down! The entire series really... I read all three books in less than 5 days, while I had 3 kids home for summer vacation! It was an incredible adventure and I was truly swept away into the cupboards again with this third and last book in the trilogy. This book is non-stop action from the very beginning! The author does s...more
Brandy Painter
I devoured this book in one 4 hour sitting this afternoon. It was brilliant. My heart rate is still up and the adrenaline is still flowing strong. Yes, it was THAT good.

The Chestnut King takes us with Henry York Macabee and his family and friends as they search for a means to bring down the witch queen, Nimiane, once and for all. There is a lot of action, peril, and adventure throughout the entire plot. The writing continues to be emotive. It is amazing how much Henry's character grew in the co...more
Stephanie
The past year or so hasn’t been smooth sailing for Henry York. With his parents missing, he’s been shipped off from bustling Boston to sleepy Kansas. Then there’s the small matter of the 99 cupboards in his attic bedroom–all of which lead to various worlds, and very few of them friendly. And with cross-dimensional travel comes all manner of demons, with the evil witch queen Nimiane being quite the antagonist even on a good day (think Narnia’s White Witch with bonus evil) . And with Henry apparen...more
Quinn Jackson
One word: fantastical!

N.D. Wilson does it again!

When I first saw the cover of 100 Cupboards, and since I was out of library books, I checked it out. Never did I think I would be so captivated by a lonely boy named Henry, who moves to Henry, Kansas, and becomes best friends with his cousin, Henrietta. At first, I kind of thought it was a joke, a nice, funny book for kids.

But when I started reading, I got more and more into it. Before I knew it, the book was finished and I wanted more! Much to my...more
Katy Jane
I loved this book. It was my favorite out of the whole trilogy.
I laughed (out loud.)
I cried (like a small child.)
I smiled (like a loon.)

At times I was reminded of Tolkien and C. S Lewis in the writing and story plot. Not in a bad way. In a nostalgic way. The symbolism is what reminded me of C.S Lewis and also the wars. When reading one passage in particular I was reminded of the battle of Christianity against the fallen world and the meaning of salvation:
"Silence! Jacques is in the right. Her...more
Victoria Faith
While the writing style was quite hard to follow at times (okay, a lot of the time) due to its start-stop tendencies and overall vagueness it was a delightful series to read. The actual story itself and the world contained in the printed ink was grand enough to excuse the confusion which would occasionally snap me out of the story.
The conclusion to the series was good, a fitting ending, but it didn't seem to come full circle, to connect the end of the story with the beginning, which is very impo...more
Sarah
The 5-star rating is for the series as a whole. There is such a joy in falling into a fantasy world crafted by a person whose worldview I agree with, and whose writing I already respect. I got to experience that joy with this series. I have read N.D. Wilson's "Notes from a Tilt-a-Whirl" and grown in my grasp of how incredible God is, and how truly "magical" this world is in which we live. Examples: Magnetism is an invisible force. Our earth spins around the sun. Muskrats build really thick huts...more
April Knapp
Review Originally posted HERE

This review is for the entire trilogy.

I am not sure if I can put into words how much I LOVE this trilogy. And I am forever grateful to my sister for suggesting it to me and then buying me all three books. THIS is what a fantasy story should be. I can't even believe some people on Amazon gave it less than a 4 or 5. They couldn't have been reading the same books! OK-I will give you some concrete reasons now.

The character development is deep, meaningful and believable....more
Eva Mitnick
Readers of fantasy fiction will feel familiar with many of the situations Henry faces. A seemingly invincible villain intent bringing unspeakable evil to the world, a final battle between good and evil, unusual alliances, and a young hero who yearns more than anything to just live a normal life - all these are time-honored fantasy traditions. However, they feel fresh and newly important in The Chestnut King, in large part due to the simple yet masterful writing. Take this small moment, when Henr...more
Julie
So, here's the plot... Henry is staying with his relatives in Kansas, when their house is transported to a magical world and they must battle an evil witch. OK, Toto, sound familiar?

Well other than getting a general idea of the story, I find myself completely lost while listening to this audiobook. The plot definitely shows promise. In his uncle and aunt's house, Henry discovers a cupboard with 99 doors that lead into other worlds. But, an evil witch, Niniane, must be defeated before she kills...more
Robyn
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I'm just not as impressed by this series as everybody else is, apparently. The first book was far better than the successive two, which is common but still disappointing. I think my biggest problems were a) Henrietta, who was absolutely insufferable and idiotic for books 1 and 2, though in book 3 she became part of b) the fact that all female characters are cardboard, undeveloped, and background scenery. There's a token gesture at making a couple of them "strong", but they're...more
Gary
This one really does top the series off. It builds slowly at times, springing into action just enough to keep the feeling of adventure. But in doing so it builds beautifully (and beautiful really is the right word for it) to the climax.

The imagination of Lewis and the poetic narrative of Tolkien pervade this conclusion; Wilson certainly grew as a writer through the trilogy.

Loved it.

Favourite part: the rising of the Faeries under the Chestnut King.
Ellie
Having read the whole series:
1. It is action packed and entertaining. It would be an interesting and fast read for almost any kid.
2. It felt very much like the author wanted to be the new C.S. Lewis.
3. The female characters made me think that perhaps he doesn't understand strong women, or he is of the kind of religion that seems to think all women have a "place" that involves making pies and sitting on cushions. I thought some of his female characters seemed strong, but then he would have them b...more
Cynthia
Who would have thought such lyrical sentences could be written about humble Kansas? I am absolutely captivated by Henry York and his travels throughout the 100 Cupboards. I just started Chestnut King last night and am absorbed already. N.D. Wilson is that rare writer who not only writes beautifully, but captures ones entire attention with his lovely prose! Bravo!
Kenneth
Wilson finishes his fantasy trilogy strong. This book could appeal to students in both upper elementary and early teens. The 100 Cupboards trilogy has excellent action/adventure material to hook young boys, but is emotionally sophisticated enough to appeal to girls as well.
Jenne
This was an enjoyable conclusion to the trilogy. I guess I was not really in the mood to listen to it and it seemed to drag, but I think that was more that I didn't find as much time to listen as I would have if I had started the book.
Doug
Dandelion Fire closes the too-short trilogy began in 100 Cupboards and continued in Dandelion Fire. It expands on all the major themes of the two earlier books, and throws Henry and his always expanding family into the biggest danger ever faced by the worlds of the cupboards.

N.D. Wilson is truly a great writer, with a talent for creating interesting, believable characters, for describing vibrant, living worlds, and for expanding just the right plot elements in just the right ways. For me, he hit...more
Esther
It's rare for me not to finish a book - but for this one, I didn't! Found it confusing and in the end too hard to wade through.
John
Jun 26, 2013 John rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2010, 2013
This is the final book of the 100 Cupboards trilogy. It is probably the best of the three. Great reading for all ages.
Heather
Nate's actually working on the pre-ARC edit so this is a second read/listen for me.
Riley
This was my favorite book of the series. It has been a long time since I read the first two, and had lost interest, but finally decided to give it a whirl. It was confusing since Wilson doesn't do much re-capping, just keeps going like the previous book never ended. Once I started to remember what was happening, this one introduced some more interesting complications and characters to the story. It jumps around a lot, it's sometimes hard to keep track of what and who is in what world or land, an...more
George
This was definitely the darkest and most violent of the three books. Overall I think the series was decent, but not outstanding. I'd give the series overall 3.5 stars with this book earning the highest rating or 4 stars. It's not often that I say this about books, but I think this series would actually be better as a set of 3 or 4 movies. So much time is spent describing stuff that it takes away from the overall flow of the story at times. Much of that would come across as visual clues and body...more
Tripleguess
I didn't find this title quite as satisfying as Dandelion Fire. Perhaps the prose was more purple, or it wasn't and I simply noticed it more; perhaps Nimaine's arrogant invincibility was more of a theme, or just got old in this installment. Characterization remained sketchy, at places getting buried under all the magic and scenery. And what was the point of the epilogue? Who's this stranger Mary? If I was supposed to recognize her from somewhere, I missed it... I would rather have seen more of H...more
Nicola Mansfield
Reason for Reading: Next (and last) in the trilogy.

It's the final showdown in this volume. Nimiane is making her move to take over the empire, her hatred for Henry's bloodline makes his whole family targets of her wrath, especially him, since they are tied together with the blood bond and she knows how powerful he could become. Most of the book takes place within the worlds of the cupboards, with the doors being used for travel and a few pit stops are made here and there to the house in Kansas i...more
Simon
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Kevin
The second two volumes in the 100 Cupboards trilogy were interesting to me. I greatly enjoyed the first book, and felt that it was opening up a fascinating world, and I eagerly awaited learning about that world. However, Wilson takes a very "soft magic" approach to the series, and few answers are forthcoming, though many may be hinted at. Spoilers for the first volume follow. The story continues to follow Henry York, who now knowing that he is not from this world, wants nothing more than to avoi...more
Claire
This is the best one of the series!!! I loved it! I think this is because this book is almost solely told in the other world, whereas the first book was mostly Kansas and the second about half and half. There didn't seem to be a name for this other world - the cities within were named but I guess it doesn't really matter. It is simply more fantastical than our world, what with, witches and wizards, green men and faeren. And best of all... The Raggant! He is the most delightful creature. I was in...more
Rick Davis
Darius is dead, but the witch Nimiane still lives and is growing unimaginably powerful very quickly; fingerlings have been seen abroad. What can Mordecai and his family do about it? Will the recently de-faerened Franklin fade away? Will Henry be destroyed by the growing scar on his cheek? Who is the mysterious Chestnut King who leads a group of rogue faeren? Will he help or hinder our heroes?

All these questions and more are answered in the third and final 100 Cupboards adventure, The Chestnut Ki...more
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“Every year, Kansas watches the world die. Civilizations of wheat grow tall and green; they grow old and golden, and then men shaped from the same earth as the crop cut those lives down. And when the grain is threshed, and the dances and festivals have come and gone, then the fields are given over to fire, and the wheat stubble ascends into the Kansas sky, and the moon swells to bursting above a blackened earth.

The fields around Henry, Kansas, had given up their gold and were charred. Some had already been tilled under, waiting for the promised life of new seed. Waiting for winter, and for spring, and another black death.

The harvest had been good. Men, women, boys and girls had found work, and Henry Days had been all hot dogs and laughter, even without Frank Willis's old brown truck in the parade.

The truck was over on the edge of town, by a lonely barn decorated with new No Trespassing signs and a hole in the ground where the Willis house had been in the spring and the early summer. Late summer had now faded into fall, and the pale blue farm house was gone. Kansas would never forget it.”
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“Her evil cannot reach us here. Let us burn the ancient tree-mace trees and close off the ancient ways. Tear down the tower, the crown of our barrow, and let us hide ourselves from evil. Let no one leave the mound, and if evil grows, we shall flee farther.

No! Let evil hear the pounding of our feet! Let evil hear our drumming and our chanting songs of war. Let evil fear us! Let evil flee! In any world, may dark things know our names and fear. May their vile skins creep and shiver at every mention of the faeren. Let the night flee before the dawn and darkness crowd into the shadows. We march to war!"

- Nudd, the Chestnut King”
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