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Lord of Monsters

(Out of Abaton #2)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  51 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Pinocchio can't believe the Moonlit Court is his home! With royal banquets, a regal wardrobe, and a whole new set of rules, Pinocchio has a lot to adjust to in his new life as prester alongside Princess Lazuli.

But before they can get comfortable in their thrones, a fancy dinner at the palace is interrupted by an unwelcome guest-a monster! And this isn't just any monster;
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published June 6th 2017 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Melissa Layton
*this review, along with a guest post from the author, was originally published on my blog, She Dreams in Fiction.

Magic and wonder abound in this wonderful addition to John Claude Bemis's Out of Abaton series! Lord of Monsters picks up shortly after the events in the first book, The Wooden Boy. Pinocchio is a real boy now and has been living in Abaton as one of its prester's (rulers) for a few months. His fellow prester and friend, Lazuli (daughter of Prester John, the previous ruler of Abaton),
Aug 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Not since Harry Potter has a book been so magically exciting. You'll get lost in the lush settings, beautiful and strange. Pinocchio is such a sweet, happy-go-lucky character that you can't help but cheer him on. Lord of Monsters is the second book of the Out of Abaton series, but does a nice job of presenting a tidy story all on its own. Bemis has done a wonderful job in presenting a story that is so relevant to our current state of affairs that children will not miss the message of equality: A ...more
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Jul 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
After find the Ancientmost Pearl, Pinocchio and Lazuli have become Preseters (rulers) of the empire. When sinister creatures start to wreak havoc on Abaton, Pinocchio must learn to master the power of the pearl. The pearl, however, is turning Pinocchio back into a wooden puppet. Can he learn to master the power of the pearl before it’s too late?

The plot is intense, well developed, and full of adventure. The characters are engaging, full of life, and well developed. The alliterations to the origi
Mandy Webb
Jun 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade
I adored this book to the moon and back. There were so many deep sitting themes in here that were presented beautifully amid adventure and sword fights. The idea of tolerance, the idea that we get a choice in who and what we are and are not bound to the messages our physical appearances may send. There are sweet innocent arachnibats, there are manticores and chimeras. This world is LUSH and vividly painted and watching Pinnochio navigate it while terrified that he's going to lose his newfound hu ...more
Suzanne Warr
Aug 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A super twisty plot in this follow up to The Wooden Prince, with wonderfully imaginative characters as Bemis grows the world of Abaton! I enjoyed the thrill of transport, and watching the characters grow as they rose to the challenges before them. A very satisfying book. Read my full spotlight--plus the cat's two cents--on my blog! ...more
Dan Shonka
Sep 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The excellent sequel to The Wooden Prince, Lord of Monsters is jam packed with action, and it weaves mystery with several twists. John Claude Bemis constructs a vivid, magical world and characters with good values. . . some villains excepted. It's a good page-turner, and of course it leaves you ready for the third installment. ...more
Sep 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
It lost one star because there were too many ridiculous instances of childishness. For instance, Mezmer's childish behaviour regarding 'her knights', which does not even make sense because it is as if Mezmer became much more childish than she was in the first book. ...more
Ryan Scott
Oct 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
Same issues as book 1. Like the world, no investment in the leads.
Michelle Leonard
May 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Do you like books with monsters and magic? Heroes and epic journeys? On June 6th, 2017 at a bookstore near you, one of the most imaginative books I’ve read in a long while will be released into the world. LORD of MONSTERS is the 2nd book in the OUT of ABATON series, and this Pinocchio retelling is sure to please.

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I’ve always been fascinated by trains. My grandfather hopped trains all over the country in his “hobo days” and filled my head with curious stories of America’s lost past. Those stories, I suppose, were the beginnings of my first novel, The Nine Pound Hammer.

I grew up in rural eastern North Carolina by a swampy creek on the Neuse River. Yes, I’ve been bitten by a water mocc

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