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Curse of the Spider King (The Berinfell Prophecies #1)

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The Seven succeeding Elven Lords of Allyra were dead, lost in the Siege of Berinfell as babes. At least that's what everyone thought until tremors from a distant world known as Earth, revealed strange signs that Elven blood lived among its peoples. With a glimmer of hope in their hearts, sentinels are sent to see if the signs are true. But theirs is not a lone errand. The ...more
Hardcover, 372 pages
Published November 3rd 2009 by Thomas Nelson Publishers (first published September 4th 2009)
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Sierra Faith
I loved this book! You would think with many points of view (see below) it would get confusing, but the story wasn't confusing at all. I really enjoyed learning about the kids' powers. I fell in the love with the characters and am looking forward to the next book by Wayne Thomas Batson and Christopher Hopper, Venom and Song.

Genre: Fantasy.

Romance: NONE! No romance at all! There was talk toward the end where a group of girls mention Timmy as being "cute." But that was the only thing!

Magic: Each o
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J. Tobias
The Seven succeeding Elven Lords of Allyra were dead, lost in the Siege of Berinfell as babes. At least that's what everyone thought until tremors from a distant world known as Earth, revealed strange signs that Elven blood lived among its peoples. With a glimmer of hope in their hearts, sentinels are sent to see if the signs are true. But theirs is not a lone errand. The ruling warlord of Allyra, the Spider King, has sent his own scouts to hunt down the Seven and finish the job they failed to c ...more
Noah Arsenault
Curse of the Spider King, the first in the Berinfell Prophecies, was co-written by Wayne Thomas Batson and Christopher Hopper. It is an allegorical Christian fantasy fiction with many moral themes.
Seven Lords of Allyra, the Elven world, were taken by the Spider King, a wicked enemy bent on eradicating the elves from existence. They were then lost to earth where they were adopted into normal human families. Soon later, Sentinels were sent out to find them and guide them home, before the chiefs
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Melissa Rose
This book has believable protagonists, nightmarish villains, and a lot of action. A major strength of this book is a cast of characters I could identify with. Although I'm older than the main characters in this book, I can remember facing a lot of the same issues as most of the main characters while I was in middle school, which is quite an accomplishment considering there are seven very different ones.

Somewhat of a concern is the book's large cast, with many characters with similar occupations
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Jill Williamson
In The Curse of the Spider King by Wayne Thomas Batson and Christopher Hopper, seven children go about their lives. With the exception of two siblings, these children do not know one another. But they all have two things in common. 1. An adult who has given them a very special book and, 2. A creepy man who watches them wherever they go. Tommy, the first to read his book, experiences a 3D history of Berinfell, a foreign world in the midst of a war between Gwar and Elves.

Stranger things start to h
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Anduril
Feb 08, 2010 Anduril rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: teenages
Recommended to Anduril by: sister
Who wants to be an Elf?

Do you have scares on the top of your ears?
Did you get strange powers when you turned thirteen?
Are you morbidly afraid of spiders?
Then you could be an elf!
With the young Seven Elven lords stolen from their families as infants. They were taken to earth to be hidden till the ‘Age of Reckoning’.
Now the Time has come… The worlds are open for good and for evil to enter… Will the children return or be killed… who will find them first? The Spider King and his minions or the las
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Goldarrow Of The Silver Bow
Who Likes Elves?
This is a perfect book if you love Elves, and who doesn't. After the Spider King minions have destroyed the elves kingdom, Berinfell. He had hoped that was the end of the elves but something happened that he had not planed... With the Allyran Elves almost non-existent they have but one hope. And that hope is on earth, hidden within billions of people. This is a fun and exciting book for anyone who likes fantasy. There are a few things that I don't like though. 1) The age of the m
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Rachel
This is a great book. I connected with it quickly and loved the teen elf lords. The elves are like the kind you would read in The Lord OF the Rings, not Santa Clause. Love it. Each character has their own personality that readers can identify with. I personally liked the character Jimmy because his story pulled at my heart strings. The action is exciting and the world of Berinfell is fully developed. The powers of the teens are so cool, ranging from hearing people's thoughts to incredible streng ...more
LINCCReviews
Okay, don't get me wrong, I read The Door Within and it swept me away. It was one of those head-under-the-covers-with-a-flashlight books. He's a fabulous author and should keep doing what he's doing. But this book kinda sucked. It had a basically good plot but there were way too many characters introduced way too fast. So the first chapter is about Tommy, a normal guy whose parents are seriously over-protective. For some reason or another they let him go into a creepy library in the middle of th ...more
Hal
Found this book sitting on my shelf, left over from a few Christmases ago, so figured I should give it a read.
I am not the target audience for this series - I'm a bit old - so my opinion is most likely skewed, but "meh" is the word I'd describe "Curse of the Spider King" with. Having seven main characters is quiet a bit to keep up with, and that's ignoring that the names Jimmy, Johnny, and Tommy kinda blur together. Thankfully one of them clearly has an Irish accent. Have seven mains also requir
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Hex
Feb 06, 2015 Hex rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Middle-schoolers with nothing better to read
Found this book sitting on my shelf, left over from a few Christmases ago, so figured I should give it a read.
I am not the target audience for this series - I'm a bit old - so my opinion is most likely skewed, but "meh" is the word I'd describe "Curse of the Spider King" with. Having seven main characters is quiet a bit to keep up with, and that's ignoring that the names Jimmy, Johnny, and Tommy kinda blur together. Thankfully one of them clearly has an Irish accent. Have seven mains also requir
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James
The book Curse of The spider king Was a good book. I say that in a anti Enthusiastic way 100%. I guess it is alright....for younger kids. This book was not that packed with conflict. I do love the characters though. Who could of came up with Jett right! The characters were very well inserted. I recommend this book to those out there who like slow paced action, but action is still action right? This book got me looking for spiders, and wanting to kill them! Well i never had a thing for spiders an ...more
Tracy Passmore
Good book. It is a mystery from the beginning. Once you get into the book it comes to life. It has a positive message and good suspense. I like it as an alternative to what is out there for my kids.
Caranna
After reading this book I have a new-found, nearly irrational fear of spiders. (Who knew they could get any more creepy!?)

Do you have scars on the tops of your ears?
Did you get strange powers when you turned thirteen?
Are you morbidly afraid of spiders?
Then you might be an elf!

The Curse of the Spider King has convincing protagonists, nightmarish villains, and plenty of action.

The Seven succeeding Elven Lords of Allyra were dead, lost in the Siege of Berinfell as babes. At least that's what ever
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Whisper
Seven seemingly-ordinary teenagers in our world are suddenly faced with the unthinkable truth that they are endowed with special powers and are really Elven Lords from Allyra, an alternate reality. Sentinels from Allyra disguise themselves as librarians and teachers on Earth, attempt to find the Seven and bring them back to their true homeland.

But the Sentinels are not the only ones seeking the teenagers. The Spider King, the tyrant conqueror of Allyra, has sent his haunting assassins to Earth
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Storm Marie White
This book was a very entertaining read for me. The storyline was a tad forgettable (I say this because I have to really concentrate to remember what it was) but the concept was very intriguing, even if a bit cliché. There was some great humor spread throughout the book, and the kids (elves) were very believable.
Some moments in the book were very well done, and certainly memorable. Like the trap devised by the heroes of Allyra, the tree attacking an average school kid, and of course the party
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Melissa Railey
The elven world of Allyra is attacked by the Spider King and destroyed in one battle. In the midst of the battle, the seven heirs of the leaders of Allyra are kidnapped and hidden on earth. There they are adopted and raised as normal earth children. They have no idea of their real heritage. Now thirteen years old, the Age of Reckoning, the elven lords are coming into their powers as teenagers on earth, learning the truth about their identityand being hunted down and attacked by the sentinels of ...more
Amydeanne
Scratch scratch scratch… scratching the surface; that’s what this book feels like. Batson and Hopper lay a fantastic foundation for your series and I can’t even begin to tell you how fun and interesting this book was.

I think this would be a perfect Christmas gift for your kids this year. I LOVED this book! It was soooo easy to get into and I was engrossed in a matter of minutes with it. It sort of reminds me of “The Never-Ending Story” meets “Lord of The Rings”

I know it’s ment of kids aged 9-12,
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Nathan Petrie
Nov 24, 2009 Nathan Petrie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: 13+
Heed the prophecies all you readers out there. I'm sure by now you've scanned reviews and heard the echoes of the impact this book is making. I am 15 years old and devour all kinds of fantasy, secular and Christian, adult and teen works. To start, this book proved itself worthy to sit on the number one spot of my "Best Modern Fantasy" list. At least until its sequel is released.

COTSK is about 7 teenagers, each from varying backgrounds (a variety enough for any reader to resonate with at least on
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Donna
From the land of Allyra to planet Earth, "Curse of the Spider King" weaves the story of Elves, Dreadnaughts, Gwar, Drefids, the Spider King, and seven seemingly normal earth-bound kids. Hundreds of years have passed since the Spider King and his helpers drove the Elves underground. While the Elves think all of the lords, including their babies, are dead, a plot is hatched to send the seven baby lords to earth. Why would the Spider King's minions do that? What did they fear if not the King himsel ...more
Brenda
Cover thoughts:
I really like the cover for this one. The picture is pretty cool, the font is good--it's all good. Plus it's a hardcover, without an annoying dust jacket; the picture is right on the cover. I really like that.

About the author:
Wayne Thomas Batson and Christopher Hopper are joint authors of this one. I've never read anything by either of them, but they've both got other books out that I will be looking for.

The plot:
Curse of the Spider King introduces us to seven young elven lords. T
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Karen
The Spider King plots to wipe out the entire Elven race with a surprise attack during an event when all 7 Elven Lords (babes) were gathered in the same place at the same time. Sorry, forget the event that was taking place. The Spider King's forces manage to catch the elves by surprise and escape with all 7 babes. He has plotted with the Drefids, his assassins, for them to kill the 7. But...there's a curse that hangs over these 7 Lords (expires when they reach the Age of Reckoning, around age 13, ...more
Adam
Feb 15, 2012 Adam rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: ANYONE!!
When I first picked up this book early in fifth grade I was immediately immersed deep in the story. The plot is about seven adopted teens who find out they are not what they seem. The plot starts out slow; lots of suspense, of course, but little action. This may deter some people but Batson and Hopper managed to hold my attention. After about 100 pages, the plot speeds up a lot with plenty of action, revelation, and more suspense. It ends with a exciting climax, which will leave you wanting to r ...more
Pingpong
Curse of the Spider King (CotSK) begins around 800 years ago on another planet. The messenger appointed to earth returns with the news that the curse of said Spider King has misfired and that the lords and ladies still live. However they have been scattered among the earth's population having been robbed of their elven markings to enable them to blend in. But as the elves realize the task before them of recovering the 7 lords so do the ancient assassins who were tasked with killing the lords org ...more
Fred Warren
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Brianna
When finally I got my hands on this book, it was worth the wait. Just like the previous books by Wayne Thomas Batson and Christopher Hopper, it was filled with adventure, action, suspense, and page-turning plots. Fans of Batson and Hopper will not be disappointed by the authors' latest release; they will love the new characters, settings, and creatures. It was quite interesting seeing the styles of both authors combined.

The story had a unique twist; instead of humans from Earth traveling to anot
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Rebekah Gyger
I loved this book, though I will not give you a summary because pretty much everyone does.

First: I loved how the authors kept me turning the pages, trying to find out what happened next in the lives of the Seven and what their power would be when they figured it out. I liked how they added in a couple other seventh graders to keep the readeer guessing as to who the seven Lords were. It made the story unpredictabl. Where with most books I guess the ending half way through,in this one I didn't.

Sec
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Karissa
I have The Door Within Trilogy by Wayne Thomas Batson at home to read; I have heard wonderful things about it. When I saw this book on my Amazon Vine newsletter I was excited! So, I got this book through the Amazon Vine program. There are supposed to be at least three book in this series; the second book "Venom and Song" is due out August 2010. This was a fabulous book!

Seven kids with very different lives find out they all have one thing in common; their human parents are not their real parents
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Samantha Wooten
They were destined for great things, but will they find their true calling before it's too late?

Curse of the Spider King co-authored by Wayne Thomas Batson and Christopher Hopper, brings forth a whole slew of characters who might not be quite what they seem.... Around their thirteenth birthday, seven children begin to have strange experiences. Bouts of super-human strength, eyesight; mind-reading, to name a few. The answer to these strange "gifts" they seem to possess? They're from another world
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Evergreena
This book is full of excitement, danger, and thrills. It is a powerful opening to the Berinfell Prophecies series, and kids and teens will eat it up... and then anxiously wait for the sequel.

Seven young teens around the world begin to discover that they now possess unusual talents that they didn't have before. But that's not all. Their talents draw the attention of mysterious neighbors, beautiful librarians, quirky janitors, and freaky strangers who don't have their best interests in mind. Who
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