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Charlie Bone And The Red Knight (The Children of the Red King #8)

4.12 of 5 stars 4.12  ·  rating details  ·  5,336 ratings  ·  258 reviews
The highly anticipated conclusion to the New York Times and USA Today bestselling Charlie Bone series!

Charlie and his friends take on a powerful and dangerous magic in Book Eight of this extraordinary series. Wicked forces come to a head at Bloor's Academy, and Charlie and his friends must use all their skills and magic to fight the evil and save Charlie's parents. In his
Hardcover, 467 pages
Published May 1st 2010 by Orchard Books (first published January 1st 2009)
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WOW!!!!!! I love this book. It was so epic, especially the battle. I was like screaming because Paton got shot in the chest with an arrow. That must have been super painful. I just love love love this book. The author's words really brought me to the setting of the battle. After I finished this book, haha, I imagined what it would be like if I was in the battle as well. AND where in the world was Una!!! She didn't even help, gosh. What about Mr. Onimous? He didn't even participate in the battle. ...more
This is another series where I've been waiting so long for the final book to come out that I was barely even excited anymore. But I have enjoyed all the other Charlie Bone books, so it was nice to finally read the conclusion. I thought it was a nice ending with some excitement, a final showdown, and most of the hanging threads satisfactorily wrapped-up.

I was bothered a couple of times with the narrator voice saying things like, "If Charlie would have remembered to lock the door, things might hav
Jul 26, 2010 Jill rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who feel the need to finish the Charlie Bone series.
Three stars is a stretch, but it's cool.

This was the finale of the Charlie Bone debacle. Originally, Charlie Bone books were cute and fun. As they went on, they got weaker and weaker. Then this one came along.

Overall, I think the thing I dislike about Charlie Bone books is that there is no sense of urgency. There is no highs or lows - everything is just medium. If an enchanted knight is running at you with an enchanted sword, you would be like, "GET ME THE F OUT OF HERE!!!!!!!" Charlie Bone woul
This series has run out of gas. I enjoyed the prior 7 books, but this one felt like a rushed job with Nimmo throwing in every character she's created just to give them one last appearance in print.

Most of the story doesn't even focus on Charlie. It jumps from Tancred to Emma to Olivia to Billy. When it finally bounces back to Charlie you're left wondering, why? Charlie hardly seems pivotal to the story anymore.

The Bloors are trying to raise the evil Sorcerer Harkin from the past. We know he's re
Elisha Condie
Yes, I'm reading another book written for 11 year old boys. What?

This book rounds out the Charlie Bone series (I think). And I've enjoyed them, for the most part. Charlie Bone goes to a creepy school called Bloors Academy where some of the children are endowed with special gifts. Charlie can move into pictures and paintings, his friend Tancred can call up storms, and the sinister Manfred is a hypnotizer. Throughout the books Charlie is clashing with his evil grandma who he lives with and trying
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Book 8 in the Children of the Red King series. Charlie Bone and his friends can see that the evil descendants of the Red King are preparing for a massive assault on the Red King's descendants representing the forces of good. All the "endowed," both good and evil, have supernatural powers that are used in the fight. Charlie's parents are off on a second honeymoon so can't help, but Charlie and his team take the fight step by step, figuring out how to win each battle as it occurs. They're helped b ...more
Jun 07, 2010 Blaine rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Children who enjoy fantasy
Shelves: fantasy
I hope my low review doesn't discourage people from reading this. Most of the things I didn't like about it wouldn't be a problem on a lower reading level.

That said, I was kind of dissapointed with this book, because I really liked to other books in the series. The easiest way to describe what I didn't like is that I thought the book was badly written (I didn't think this with the other books, which I read a long time ago, so I think the books may just be a lot below my reading level).

What both
(Questions and Spoilers)

I really liked a few things in this book but there were also a few things that I didn't.

For one, there were several questions (especially about Manfred) that were not answered.

For example, In the last scene when Manfred had fully inherited his endowment from his ancestor Borlath, why did his endowment change from being a hypnotist to being able to create fire?

Did he want it to change?

Was Borlath a hypnotist in his youth and then in adulthood he suddenly was able to create
May 09, 2012 Yougo rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: young fantasy readers
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
My favorite I think of the series, I found this volume to be very hard to put down, the action is quick and the intrique is thick. I originally picked up the first in the series hoping that it might be something the kids would enjoy, they really love the 'Secrets of Droon' series. The story has a bit of Harry Potter feel to it, kids with magical powers at a school for kids with powers. Charlie is the center point, and an underdog for being basically good. But there is plenty that isn't Harry Pot ...more
Traci Haley
Like many reviewers, I'd started feeling like the Charlie Bone series had overstayed its welcome. The last couple of volumes were kind of muddled and ever since the book where Charlie found his dad, it seemed like Nimmo was just stretching the story along. That being said, I wasn't really that excited to start this final volume of the series. It only took a few chapters for me to change my mind. While I could tell that Nimmo was trying to cram in as many characters from the life of the series as ...more
This book felt a little bit "by the numbers", as if Nimmo used one of those internet plot generators. But I can't fault her too much-- it's hard to come up with fresh new perils after eight books. I didn't realize until the end that this was intended to be the end of the series, and I thought the wrap up was rushed. Every (non-evil) character had to have his/her happy ending, and every evil character had to get his/her comeuppance.

On the whole, this is one of my top "go to" series when recommend
8 years in the making this series is finally done! Book 8 is the last book in this series and it was a quick and fun read. It was nice to get some closure after waiting over a year for this last book. Learning the identity of the Red Knight was great! This book is great for kids I think. I know my sister and her son have read almost all of them and loved them as well. I would go to your local library and check out the first book. It's a great series.
Amy Whitney
I read this series out loud to the kids. We all loved it. The kids were very upset when we didn't have time. I have bought the series. The characters are vivid. The main moral themes are treating others kindly, helping wherever we can, and fighting for good simply because it is the right thing to do. I loved the ending!! I would suggest this for any kid to read, they will need at least a 2nd grade reading level to read on their own.
Oh spit. There's a week of my life gone. From book one I wasn't sure I wanted to keep reading, but I kept waiting for shadow characters to become real, and the coming epic battle to be world-changing, and for main characters to be more fully developed. But here's the final chapter, and the series just stumbles to a close. I'm sorry Nimmo, but I bet you could have done better if you weren't just trying to write for Rowling's fans.
Stella  ☢FAYZ☢ Chen
I can't believe this is the last book!! This must have been what the HP fans felt like.

I absolutely enjoyed the whole series. This was a perfect ending to the series. Charlie Bone will forever be one of my favourite series. So many conflicts and twists! Jenny Nimmo, you are a genius! Don't stop writing.
Jon Borah

(The Children of the Red King, Book 8)
Charlie and his friends take on the most powerful and dangerous magic in Book Eight of this extraordinary series. As wicked forces come to a head at Bloor's Academy, Charlie and his friends must use all their magic and all their might to fight the evil and save Charlie's parents. In his greatest adventure yet, Charlie must discover the fate of his family, the evil intentions of the Bloors, what has become of Septimus Bloor's will, and, most important

Wieder ein spannendes Buch der hervorragenden Reihe um Charlie Bone und seine außergewöhnlichen Freunde.

Nach langem hin und her kommt es nun endlich zum großen Kampf zwischen gut und böse. Doch bevor es soweit ist werden noch ein paar große und kleine Geheimnisse gelüftet. Was ist mit Charlies Eltern? Kann und will Billy gerettet werden? Wie geht es mit Onkel Paton und Julia Ingledew weiter? Viele offene Fragen die in diesem abschließenden Band gelüftet werden. Und auch einige überraschende Wen
Aug 16, 2009 livvy marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
can't wait to finish this book series! i know this book will be so cute and very interesting!!!!!!!!! :)
totally awesome book! but a bit confusing
It was great to get to the end of this series and see how all of the loose ends were tied and plot lines resolved. Nimmo covered the good battling evil focus of this book with careful consideration of whom her target audience was - brief violence, but nothing grotesque, morbid or too haunting, but still portrayed the fact that in such a setting, some will die and others will be wounded. Plus, she makes certain to discuss what becomes of each of the many characters, leaving no cause for wonder no ...more
This was a pretty satisfying conclusion to and interesting, if not especially memorable, series.

There were a few editorial and continuity issues with this book: Was Eustacia in top form or not in top form that day? And does it even really matter? And the narrator's voice (I nearly typed "natterer's voice" by accident) was far too obtrusive, and felt like it was added to beef this book up to the same size as the others. But the Red Knight bit was just great.

Actual rating: 3.5 stars, but I round
Cynthia Egbert
I seriously loved this series. I am so grateful that I came to it when it was completed as I think it would have made me nuts to wait. I highly recommend this series to any who loved Harry Potter and The Grey King series, as well as all Anglophiles. Thanks so much to Julianne for again offering me something that I love. I especially appreciated that while the kids were the highlighted heroes, there were plenty of adults who were fighting alongside them. That is often missing in youth fantasy the ...more
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This is the 8th and final book in the Charlie Bone or Children of the Red King series, a series that I think almost rivals J.K.Rowling's Harry Potter series. The series takes place in England and yes, there is magic. The "Endowed" children, or those who have a magic talent, all are descended from the Red King who lived in the ninth century. These children go to Bloor Academy where the owners and head masters are Red King descendants from an evil line. In this book, Charlie and his friends are se ...more
Well, I had a fully-thought-through review, but Goodreads didn't save it. This one will be less eloquent :).

I enjoyed the final book of the Charlie Bone series. I felt that it summed up the other books nicely, finishing all of the storylines in a satisfactory way. Although there are an excessive number of similarities between Charlie Bone and Harry Potter series (seriously, there was no need for Charlie to have unruly hair also! or to have a best friend who has a big loud family of red heads!!!)
Ages 9-12. A test of a good series is that you should be able to read any book in the series without having to read the first one. Having never read the series, I can say the author did a fair job. The plot is engaging: Charlie ignores rumors of his parents' death from a storm at sea while trying to rescue his friend Billy from his exile into the past with evil Count Harken, the enchanter. Billy stands to inherit the Bloor fortune, wresting it from nefarious hands, if Charlie can only find the b ...more
Cindell Nelson
Jenny Nimmo's final installment of the Charlie Bone series is about the Bloor family trying to find a box hidden at Bloor's Acamdemy, a box that could change the fate of all of the Children of the Red King. Charlie Bone has finally been reunited with his father, Lyell Bone, who turned out to be Mr. Pilgrim the piano teacher at Bloor's Academy. The good children of the Red King, after the Bloor's attempted murder of Tancred Torrson, can no longer face the evil children and their conspirators. The ...more
Overall, I would highly recommend this series for pre-teen audiences. If you are the sort who will want to compare any "Children and Magic" books with JKR, then don't bother. Yes there are similarities, but sometimes there are only so many places one can go with extraordinary kids growing up.

One thing I particularly liked about this series is that it maintained a lot of its innocence from start to finish. The series is 8 books long, but it only covers a three-year time frame, so the need for cha
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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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The Children of the Red King (8 books)
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  • Charlie Bone and the Time Twister (The Children of the Red King, #2)
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