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…And as soon as I finished the book I had to move on to Dave’s next book, More Fun And Games. In this book, the kids’ chaotic and dangerous adventures continue.
I’m not sure I would categorize these frightening and lethal challenges as fun and games, but they sure are riveting. From the nasty wizard King Magnus, to a lizard that saves the kids’ lives, these books are unique and memorable. Dan Casey got it right when he called them “tremendously fun!”
…And it is a great concept. Crossing that line between reality and fantasy opens up a lot of potential paths, paths that Barrett is gleefully exploring. What we get here is a look at both the highs and the lows – these kids have been granted great powers, yes, and grand adventures, but they’re also dealing with constant danger and the looming truth that their own personalities are fading away, to be replaced by fantasy archetypes. We see this world through their eyes, which lends itself well to more engaging expository elements.
The book went by quite quickly and was entertaining the entire way. I will say I wasn’t expecting this to be a series so I was confused as to why things weren’t progressing faster but, now that I know it makes sense. Everything fits into place.
The characters are all pretty cool and have their own classic fantasy roles. I will admit shock over events once they crossed into the new world.