Wednesday, February 19, 2014

The Invisible Tower by Nils Johnson-Shelton

In Artie Kingfisher's world, wizards named Merlin, fire-breathing dragons, and swords called Excalibur exist only in legends and lore-until the day his video game Otherworld springs to life.

Cryptic clues lead Artie to a strange place called the Invisible Tower, where he discovers that nothing in his life is as it seems.  Artie is none other than King Arthur, brought to life in the twenty-first century.  Artie has won the battle in the virtual Otherworld- now the key to saving the real Otherworld lies in his hands as well.

Green dragons, hungry wolves, powerful sorcerers-suddenly Artie must battle them all as he wields Excalibur and embarks on a quest worthy of the Knights of the Round Table.  With his sister, Kay, by his side, Artie steps into the Otherworld-straight toward his destiny.  (taken from inside book jacket)

This is an exquisite retelling of the story we all know and love involving King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.  Artie has been created using the same genetic material as the original King Arthur.  Of course, neither he nor his family know this.  Artie, along with several sidekicks you'll recognize, gets a chance at real Otherworld adventure!

Personally, I adored this book.  It's full of action and mystery and fantasy.  Just when you think you're getting to a slow part, something huge happens and you're in the midst of a rollicking good time again.  Things aren't always safe and you learn quickly that this is a dangerous world they're living in.  Powers that could harm them lurk in every corner and no one is safe from them. 

Though it's intended for children ages ten and up, make sure your child is an avid reader before grabbing this treasure for them.  It's rather long and takes quite awhile to get through.  There's plenty of adventure to keep them interested, but most children who aren't into reading won't have the patience for it.  On the other hand, older children and those adults who have a knowledge of the original lore surrounding King Arthur will have a blast with this.  The best part for me were drawing comparisons between stories. 

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