Friday, February 8, 2019

Saint Lupin's Academy for Consistently Dangerous and Absolutely Terrifying Adventures #3: The Adventurer's Guide to Treasure (and How to Steal It) by Wade Albert White

The Adventurer's Guide to Treasure (and How to Steal It)My name is Anne, and I fear Saint Lupin's has been destroyed by pirates. The Wizard Council has forbidden us from going on any quests, but now Penelope, Hiro, and I have accidentally reactivated an old quest (I didn't think that was possible). A pirate captain in a wheelchair has stolen the quest medallion, and we had to join her crew to avoid arrest. Unfortunately, Octo-Horse Pirate stole the medallion from her, and his motives are terrifying. He wants to open a barrier that will kill millions of people. Now, we're fighting doppelgangers and iron knights, and trying to elude the Wizard Council's officers. Time is running out, as Octo-Horse Pirate nears his destination. One way or another, tomorrow the world will change forever.

Well, I think this book officially had the longest title I've ever read. It was a curious blend of adventure, humor, and technology. The quest provided the action and drama, as Anne and her friends tried to save the world. Anne's gauntlet created her "superpower". The previous two books involved copper and silver medallions that activated quests in the gauntlet, and this book's color was gold. This book ended the series, since all three medallions were required to resolve the conflict. The humor came from the characters. A GPS sparrow popped out of Anne's gauntlet to provide guidance during the quest, Hiro and Penelope had bickering issues at times, and the Wizard Council officers were gullible goofs. Octo-Horse Pirate's name conjured a strange mental image. Computers and holograms provided the technology, although I won't profess to fully understand how it integrated with everything. It wasn't confusing, just a lot going on. The plot presented many creative twists (secret identities!) but answered most of the series' questions. Overall, the series won't appeal to everyone, but I found it entertaining and worth my time. Give it a shot.

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