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The Five Fakirs of Faizabad (Children of the Lamp #6)

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John and Philippa Gaunt are off on another spellbinding adventure in bestselling author P. B. Kerr's Children of the Lamp series!
John and Philippa Gaunt are all ready for their lives to return to normal now that their mother has given up her djinn powers. But the siblings are quickly drawn into yet another mystery when the world's luck tips wildly out of balance (to the w
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published November 1st 2010 by Orchard Books (first published 2010)
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Darth J
Feb 22, 2014 Darth J rated it liked it
Shelves: series, genie
Book 6 and I’m still very “meh” about this whole series. The first book was good and was quite promising in terms of an introduction. Naturally I gravitate towards series books so that I can read a bunch at a time; I read the first one and if I like it, I just binge-buy the rest to have on hand. I shouldn’t have done that with these books.

I want to say that the author both remembers and forgets his audience at random. He certainly knows he is writing to the MG crowd because he keeps pandering to
I love this series, and this book didn't disappoint. It's unfortunate that it's not a more well-known series, because it's intelligent and fun and perfect for kids who are at that stage where they can't stand children's books but aren't ready for YA yet. There are some mature themes (death, mostly, but it's not talked about much) but they are dealt with in a way that comforts the reader. Also, there's an underlying struggle between the good and the not-so-good in all of us, which I think adds a ...more
Rohan Varughese
Dec 22, 2014 Rohan Varughese rated it did not like it
I read this book because I liked the concept of djinn and because I like fantasy novels.

However this book was a bore. It follows the same policy of Nimrod going on teaching the kids something new about djinn and that thing in the end staying irrelevant to the story. Also the pacing of the book is very slow because they waste chapters. In one chapter, they were going to buy a magic carpet and half of the chapter was used in EXPLAINING HOW THE CARPET WORKS which I believe is not as important as co
Dec 30, 2014 Tom rated it it was amazing
This series is really good! I can't seem to put it down. I don't understand what everybody is complaining about.
May 20, 2015 Doris rated it it was ok
This 6th book starts out with the djinn twins meeting their uncle for lunch, where he informs them that, as they are of a certain age, they need to do a special even to prove to the other djinns that they can responsibly handle their powers.

The story of course goes way off the original plan, as just as the twins are starting off on their quests, Uncle Nimrod discovers that he needs their help to save the world - again.

It is a neat idea, with a twist to the plotlines, where the djinn need to use
Robert Walton
Oct 18, 2015 Robert Walton rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Mr. Kerr ties up a number of loose threads with this story. It's especially satisfying that we discover Mr. Rakshasas's fate. He was missing and possibly dead for several installments of the Children of the Lamp. Also, I enjoyed the fearless changes of scene and the metamorphosing characters. This seems like a culminating tale, but we'll see.
Jul 21, 2012 Huawei rated it did not like it
This series just gets worse and worse as it progresses. While it started out as interesting spin on the idea of djinns, it quickly degenerated to ridiculous situations. There is no set-up to the plot elements with all them appearing from thin air. A very disappointing direction for a series that started out so promising.
Mar 18, 2012 Kristen rated it it was ok
Shelves: childrens, 2012
Scattered and not interesting enough to keep my attention. I've loved all the others in this series, but this one is worth skipping.
Another COTL been and gone. With all the different enemy's they've faced I really don't know how the series is going to end. I can't even remember the name of the supposed enemy in this book; he was in it so little. Thankfully this book is much less repetitive than the previous one mainly due to the absence of Sicky and the introduction of a new character, Moo. She made sure Groanin didn’t repeat everything twice.

I get quite confused when reading COTL – there are so many characters that only ap
This is a really cool book. I think it's the best in the series so far, even though it wasn't the funniest, the most mysterious, best storyline, best character development, most exiting or gripping, it wasn't even the most entertaining! I even gave previous books in the series higher ratings than this! So why do I think it's the best? Simple, it was so clever.

Looking back on when I was halfway through the book, I was not impressed. I thought the storyline was badly explained and it was very hard
Riley Morris
John and Phillipa Gaunt must find one of the fakirs who holds a secret of the universe before one of he world's most evil djinn does. The balance of luck in the world is at stake all while they embark on yet another quest. This novel, like others in the series seems to end with a large amount of luck, which does occur a lot in the novel,

After reading the second book in the series, I thought that there was no way any book in the series could top it. The third and fourth were great, but they just
Jan 18, 2012 Jacqueline rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, teen, jf
This fifth installation in the Children of the Lamp series really impressed me. This was a substantial book. First of all, I love the title, The Five Fakirs of Faizabad, wonderful alliteration!

Second, this book was very well written. It used a large vocabulary, and although it flowed wonderfully, it certainly wasn't an easy read. Matter of fact, I would say that it was a fairly difficult read and a mature book for something written in this century for children. I really feel that the author is m
Jan 14, 2011 Kendra rated it liked it
So, I enjoy this series overall. It's well written, fun for both adults and children and the world created with the Djinn lore is really fascinating and incredibly well done.

That said, I was kind of disappointed in this book. It had a lot of potential, but it felt kind of out of place with the rest of the series. I feel like there was some great stuff brought up in the last book, with Dubyuk and Faustina and what have you, but this book didn't refer back to any of that. It was nice to know what
Aug 02, 2013 Laura rated it really liked it
Philippa and John return again to help save the world--this time, from an imbalance in luck (towards the negative side) that is trying to draw out the fakirs, humans gifted with an incredibly important secret of the universe. Along the way they meet an invisible gorilla / Jinx, the unluckiest man in the world, and a man who can see the past or the future in drops of ink.

I loved this series as a kid; I was instantly drawn to Kerr's humourous style and the idea of being a djinn and having my own p
James N
May 06, 2015 James N rated it really liked it
The Five Fakris of Faizabad was a very interesting book to read, and got me thinking about complex theories. I definitely enjoyed the read. But there was some parts that confused me, and sometimes were a bit boring, as well as the title barely being mentioned. The ending was very clever though, and I won't spoil it, but you will be in awe. For me, 4/5 stars.
Christine (KizzieReads)
Sep 28, 2015 Christine (KizzieReads) rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015-reads
This book, is in my opinion, the best one in the series so far. The first half, I was laughing out loud quite often. Groanin is my favorite character. The characters are developing nicely. The twins are now 14 and must go on this traditional quest to grant someone deserving 3 wishes, and then defend themselves on why they gave this person the wishes. Of course, this another adventure story for the twins, but it does take a turn, with a neat, if not foreseeable ending.
Sage G.
May 08, 2014 Sage G. rated it liked it
I was a very good book, but the author made them go back in time, remembering nothing of what they had done, and none of the events in the book ever happened! That is what made me rate it lower. Good book, but I hated the end.
Jan 01, 2011 Amanda rated it it was amazing
Finally!! I finally got to read the last book in the series (last one so far - hopefully not for forever!). Now the twins are 14 and have to participate in some ancient djinn ritual. But soon they get caught up in another whirlwind adventure. The world's luck seems to be affected by something, and Nimrod and the twins have to figure out what it is. Along the way they learn some truths about themselves and about old friends. I really hope that Kerr continues the series!! I need to know what happe ...more
Brittany Perry
Jul 07, 2013 Brittany Perry rated it liked it
Have to say the ending was a bit depressing. I mean they got their great mentor back for one book and poof he was gone? Plus I found the whole deja vu thing to be too simple. I thought they were really giving things up not just memories and friends. Honestly, I thought one of them was bound to die but I was mistaken. This book has been the low point for me in the series. While the others were highly original this was just plain and too simple for such a brilliant mind. I will be reading the next ...more
Nov 21, 2010 Shane rated it really liked it
Shelves: goodreads
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Nov 07, 2014 Karen rated it really liked it
Still a little disjointed but I definitely enjoyed this one.
Kate Hastings
Feb 16, 2014 Kate Hastings rated it really liked it
Grades 4-7. RL 900. Another fun book in the Children of the Lamp series. This one wasn't quite as strong as the previous titles-- but good. John and Phillipa must find someone worthy of 3 wishes and be judged on their decision. While going through this challenge, they expose a plot that has altered the balance of luck in the world and forced the resurrection of a great Fakir who is prepared to reveal a great truth and whose information could be dangerous in the wrong hands.
Rebecca Billy
A good story, but out of step with the rest of this excellent series.

When a writer consistently performs so well, it's hard not to judge on a higher standard. It's not that this book is poor--Kerr continues to use language beautifully, explore deep themes, present outlandish characters and exotic settings believably--but the book just isn't up to par with the first four in terms of the tightness of the plot and the way it develops out of the previous books.
Feb 05, 2011 Lisa rated it it was amazing
Great book! Quite a series of unfortunate events which you finally wonder, can they ever get out of all this?! Cliffhanger to the end. Philippa and John begin to take on projects by themselves, and grow quite a bit. Groanin and Nimrod are their usual inimitable selves, with some delightful new characters introduced, and an old one brought back, thank God! My son and I are wondering if this will be the last; I think not, he thinks so! We'll see!
Oct 17, 2014 Suhaib rated it it was amazing
The average American wouldn't understand it. I mean, they would understand the plot and story, but won't grasp the concept. Don't get me wrong; for those of us who do/will understand it, it is AMAZING. The entire series is AMAZING.
Mary Ann
Jul 08, 2011 Mary Ann rated it really liked it
This is a book that actually goes full circle. Makes me want to go back and find the fifth one in the series and read it (somehow I missed that one). There is such a diverse group or components in this story that it makes you wonder what will be coming next! There is a ample opportunity to pick up tidbits of information from around the world!
Apr 03, 2012 Heather rated it it was amazing
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Cory Martinez
Jan 13, 2011 Cory Martinez rated it it was amazing
This is a very good book and I'm not suprised that the series is not more well-known. This is a book about two dijiin children who are helping to solve the mystery of who is imbalancing the amount of luck in the world. The uncover a mystery that helps them to solve one of the greatest mysteries in all the world.
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Sarah Tilatitsky
Jan 29, 2011 Sarah Tilatitsky rated it really liked it
This book is pretty great, although, isn't it really supposed to be about magic and wishes, no sci-fi? I mean, paradoxes, black holes, and warps in time are more like sci-fi, not fantasy. Although, this book is pretty good. It's a bit funny, and have a few ounces of drama. Read, PLEASE! ...more
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Philip Kerr (P.B. Kerr) is a British author of both adult fiction and non-fiction, most notably the Bernie Gunther series, and of children's books, particularly the Children of the Lamp series.

Kerr was educated there and at a grammar school in Northampton. He studied law at the University of Birmingham from 1974–1980, achieving a masters degree. Kerr worked as an adverti
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Children of the Lamp (7 books)
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