12. Title: The Keys to the Kingdom Book Six: Superior Saturday
Author: Garth Nix © 2008
Review in five words or less: Memorable nemesis; dynamic House politics.
Personal Rating: «««¾ out of five.
"On the sixth day, there was sorcery."
Arthur Penhaligan faces his most cunning nemesis to date, the ruthlessly destructive Superior Saturday. Her domain is the Upper House and she wields a tremendous amount of power with the Sixth Key. Saturday has spent the last few thousand years in the House hatching a plan for ultimate control—control that she feels was wrongly denied to her. Everything in the House is rapidly deteriorating and it is up to Arthur to save everyone from the effects of Saturday's driven quest.
Of all the House trustees that Arthur has faced, Saturday is one of the more memorable ones. She is completely single-minded about her goals and is willing to do anything to achieve them. In this installment, we learn a lot about the political machinations taking place in the House and the distribution of power. Saturday's realm is a bizarre mix of corporate cutthroat sorcery with touches of whimsy. It was absorbing and I'm looking forward to reading the last book in the series which I will start today. I definitely recommend this book and series to those who like YA fantasy.
13. Title: Ranger's Apprentice Book 7: Erak's Ransom
Author: John Flanagan © 2007
Review in five words or less: Action-packed; riveting battle scenes.
Personal Rating: ««««¼ out of five.
Will's adventures continue when Erak, the Oberjarl of Skandia is kidnapped and held for ransom. Erak has close personal ties to Will and Halt and they agree to accompany a diplomatic contingent to Arrida to negotiate the ransom and safe release of the Oberjarl.
While traveling through the desert in Arrida, Will becomes separated from the delegation. Alone and unused to the harsh and exacting desert climate, he must somehow find a way to survive the elements and continue the mission. Meanwhile, the others have their own set of problems when confronted by dangerous nomads.
Even though the books are pretty predictable, I really like this series a lot, and this story was wonderfully riveting addition. Though the series centers around Will, it was great to see other characters from past books here. I was particularly pleased to see Gilan, one of my favorite secondary characters. As usual, Flanagan does a remarkable job with writing battle and action scenes. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and I definitely recommend it to those who like the Ranger's Apprentice series.
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