Thursday, December 24, 2015

The Curse of the King by Peter Lerangis

The Curse of the King by Peter Lerangis
2015, HarperCollins
Series: Book 4 of Seven Wonders

Thirteen-year-old Jack McKinley and his friends have already defeated the Colossus of Rhodes, visited Ancient Babylon, and outfoxed legions of undead all to recover three of the lost Loculi. But if they don’t unearth the last four Loculi soon, the powers that made these victories possible will overwhelm the Select—and destroy the world.

Not only do Jack and his friends have to battle these seven ancient wonders, but they also have to contend with the Massa, who have taken over the Karai Institute and convinced Marco to switch sides. Outnumbered, underequipped, and growing weary, Jack, Cass, and Aly soldier on to find the long-lost Statue of Zeus.

But as time is running out, our heroes must confront gods, relive old battles, and face down their greatest enemy yet—their destiny. Old enemies become new friends and sudden victories turn to certain defeats as the time nears for everything to change. The stakes grow impossibly high in this latest adventure from master storyteller Peter Lerangis.

The Good: The character interaction was magnificent in this installment of the series. More than anything, the kids just being together was the most entertaining aspect of the book. A lot of surprises in this book, more so than any other so far. The Curse of the King was an emotional book, something I wasn't quite expecting. Very fast paced, a lot going on, but easy to follow. 

The Bad: I mentioned the parents in my review of the last book. They remain beyond belief. I also would have liked a bit more focus on the Statue of Zeus. It is the main goal of the novel and was very much relegated to the background for the majority of the book.

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