Saturday, July 25, 2015

The Land of Stories #4: Beyond the Kingdoms by Chris Colfer

Beyond the Kingdoms (The Land of Stories #4)Alex insists the evil Masked Man is her father, and she's determined to stop him. The Fairy Council thinks she's lost it, and they remove her as Fairy Godmother. Alex and her twin brother Connor discover the Masked Man is actually an uncle they thought was dead, and he is planning to create a formidable army. He steals a potion from his mother that lets him enter the worlds of any books. Alex and Connor chase him through the open portals, but they encounter obstacles along the way. Deadly poppy fields, dangerous creatures, and evil characters in the books await them. However, the kids always seem to be one step behind their uncle, and he sets a trap that may doom them forever.

This book is an exciting continuation of the series, but you need to read the first three books first. A big difference found in this book is the setting. It begins in the fairy tale world, but it continually changes, as the kids search for their uncle. They travel to the land of Oz, Neverland, and Sherwood Forest, and add characters from the different plots. It was unusual to see the Tin Woodman mixed with the Lost Boys, Little Red Riding Hood, and Robin Hood. An important character is lost in this book, but Bree, a character from the "real world", will probably become a more important character in the next book. She discovers she's related to the Brothers Grimm and has magic in her blood. She's not aware that the uncle plans to invade her world too.

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