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Secrets of the Crown by Adam Jay Epstein
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Oct 15, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: adventure, animals, fantasy, fiction, magic, series, sibling-rivalry
Recommended to Charlyn by: the author
Recommended for: Grades 4 and up
Read from October 13 to 15, 2011 , read count: 1

** spoiler alert ** When Paksahara, the treasonous familiar, removes human magic from Vastia, the task of saving the humans is left to three familiars: Aldwyn, the cat; Skylar, the blue jay; and Gilbert the tree frog. They must find the Crown of the Snow Leopard, the relic that will remove the curse. With few clues to its location except the enigma within an old nursery rhyme, the three start their quest, leaving the humans behind to defend themselves. Paksahara has left them little time to find the relic, promising to unleash a Dead Army to destroy the humans and those animals still faithful to the humans at the next full moon.

The familiars' journey is eventful in many ways. In addition to Paksahara's minions who repeatedly track them, they are also prey of other beasts, victims of the weather, and sometimes weighed down by their individual histories. Their trek is one of discovery and self-discovery. Their success seems to be barred at every turn, keeping the reader waiting for a final victory that--aargh--doesn't happen in this book. Yes, the conclusion holds surprises, but it's also not a full conclusion. Uncovering parts of his past only leaves Aldwyn with new questions. And a Dead Army has risen on the horizon.

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