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The Chestnut King (100 Cupboards #3)

4.10  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,158 Ratings  ·  314 Reviews
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
ebook, 317 pages
Published January 26th 2010 by Random House Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2010)
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Adam Ross
Feb 03, 2010 Adam Ross rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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
Feb 04, 2010 Noël DeVries rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 24, 2011 Kirsten rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 20, 2012 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Barnabas Piper
May 08, 2016 Barnabas Piper rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such imagination. Wilson's stories are so fun and meaningful.
Fantasy Literature
In this final installment in N.D. Wilson’s 100 CUPBOARDS fantasy trilogy for children, Henry is living in the world behind the cupboards with his “real” family, but he is still able to get to Kansas to play baseball with his friend Zeke. Henry has a lot on his mind. He’s been having scary visions that seem prophetic and he is worried about the scar that’s growing on his face. It was caused by a drop of the evil witch’s blood and Henry suspects that it will eventually drive him mad and/or give th ...more
Elizabeth Newton
Feb 12, 2016 Elizabeth Newton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
N.D. Wilson has written an enthralling finish to the 100 Cupboards series. Although I got a little lost in the second book, I really enjoyed this read. I think the ingredients that created this enjoyment for me were as follows. Firstly, Henry was paired up for a lot of the book with his cousin Henrietta again, and I really enjoy the interaction Wilson writes between those two characters. It was nice to have Henry’s buddy Zeke very prominent throughout as well and him adventuring along with Henry ...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
Quinn Jackson
Nov 30, 2011 Quinn Jackson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: need-to-buy
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
Katy Jane
Oct 26, 2012 Katy Jane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Victoria Faith
Jan 05, 2012 Victoria Faith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
Eva Mitnick
Feb 20, 2010 Eva Mitnick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children, fantasy
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
Sep 27, 2010 Julie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens, audiobooks
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
Lisa Singleterry
Feb 15, 2015 Lisa Singleterry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked the conclusion of this trilogy. I still feel that this series is a little confusing, especially at the onset of each book. But, unlike so many other trilogies, this one at least has a good solid ending.
Mar 12, 2014 Riley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 22, 2016 Janis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Chestnut King book review

N.D.Wilson is the author of the fictional book The Chestnut King. The genre of this book is adventure, Fantasy, and Mystery. I chose to read this book for two reasons. The first reason is that I had read the other two books in the series and I wanted to see how it ended. I also wanted to read it because I have wanted to read it for a long time but I had not found it until now.
The story takes place in Henry Kansas and in a mystical world through a wall of cupboards. T
------Warning: This Review Contains Some Spoilers-------
The final book in the I wish to do it justice. This book was very adventurous and captivating at the end.

The Highs: The characters that were weak (mentally) became developed and strengthen. Good triumphed over evil! That is one strong emphasis that is special to the fantasy genre. Also, Henry's maturity and character development is neat to see compared to book 1. No love drama. No love triangle! One last, and minor, thing, I rea
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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
Jul 27, 2015 Braden rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Marvelously written story. Really enjoyed the whole series. He should make it into a movie.
Apr 21, 2012 Gary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: deep-fiction
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.
Apr 30, 2016 Pamela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I finished this one a while ago and finally got a moment to write my review. In a nutshell, I loved this series. LOVED. There have been few modern books I have read that have captured my interest and held it like the old classic fantasies but, this was one. At a time when so many people are jumping on trends... vampires, dystopian trilogies, rewritten fairy tales (or faerie tales)... here is a treasure. The story is both reminiscent of classic fantasy and also totally unique and unexpected. It a ...more
Sydney Kirsch
Apr 19, 2016 Sydney Kirsch rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just finished, and I cannot stop grinning. Loved it!
Mar 16, 2010 Cynthia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Mystie Winckler
May 15, 2012 Mystie Winckler rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, 2012
Own. The second two books in the series were more intense than the first, but they tell an amazing story with themes of the magic in everything, not fearing death, and standing against evil rather than hiding from it. The heroes are courageous without bravado, and strong without pride.

Finally, magic comes to America.
May 19, 2010 Kenneth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, juvenilelit
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.
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.
May 21, 2015 Şahende rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kitaplardaki böyle anlar beni bitiriyor...
' "Duymak istemiyorum," dedi Frank. "Kanında kükreyerek dolaşan aslanlara kulak ver. Kükremelerini ben bile duyabiliyorum. Bu çok iyi bilidiğim bir oyun; risklerin de avantajların da farkındayım." Gökyüzünü işaret etti. "Tepedeki kanlı güneş denizin sularına gömüldüğünde, oyun bitmiş ve tarih yazılmış olacak. Güneş battığında seninle aynı toprağa basıyor olacağım. Kanın yerde göl olduysa, bu tek başına olmayacak. Geriye bir avuç külden başka bir şey kalm
Mar 23, 2016 Becky rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
OK, first of all, disclaimer--I did not FINISH this book. I got about 2/3 of the way through and CAN'T READ IT ANYMORE. It's making me crazy. I enjoyed 100 Cupboards, and liked Dandelion Fire (not quite as much), but this book is so confusing. I don't understand where the characters are going half the time (and they are all going in different directions), nor what kind of magic they are using to do what they are doing, or how the "rules" work. They also are referring to this "Chestnut King" of w ...more
Apr 12, 2014 Doug rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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.”
“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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