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Dark forces are gathering at Bloor's Academy as the Bloors search for a lost box containing a hidden will- a will that reveals the true destiny of the Red King's heirs. And the Bloors are determined to keep Charlie Bone from finding it first. But Charlie is also facing the lord of the sea, who is trying to drown his parents, and a deadly expert swordsman from another centu Dark forces are gathering at Bloor's Academy as the Bloors search for a lost box containing a hidden will- a will that reveals the true destiny of the Red King's heirs. And the Bloors are determined to keep Charlie Bone from finding it first. But Charlie is also facing the lord of the sea, who is trying to drown his parents, and a deadly expert swordsman from another century. The Red Knight might be the only hope. But who is the mysterious Red Kinight? And can he help Charlie and his friends defeat the evil magic for good?


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Dark forces are gathering at Bloor's Academy as the Bloors search for a lost box containing a hidden will- a will that reveals the true destiny of the Red King's heirs. And the Bloors are determined to keep Charlie Bone from finding it first. But Charlie is also facing the lord of the sea, who is trying to drown his parents, and a deadly expert swordsman from another centu Dark forces are gathering at Bloor's Academy as the Bloors search for a lost box containing a hidden will- a will that reveals the true destiny of the Red King's heirs. And the Bloors are determined to keep Charlie Bone from finding it first. But Charlie is also facing the lord of the sea, who is trying to drown his parents, and a deadly expert swordsman from another century. The Red Knight might be the only hope. But who is the mysterious Red Kinight? And can he help Charlie and his friends defeat the evil magic for good?

30 review for Charlie Bone and the Red Knight

  1. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    This series has run out of gas. I enjoyed the prior 7 books, but this one felt like a rushed job with Nimmo throwing in every character she's created just to give them one last appearance in print. Most of the story doesn't even focus on Charlie. It jumps from Tancred to Emma to Olivia to Billy. When it finally bounces back to Charlie you're left wondering, why? Charlie hardly seems pivotal to the story anymore. The Bloors are trying to raise the evil Sorcerer Harkin from the past. We know he's re This series has run out of gas. I enjoyed the prior 7 books, but this one felt like a rushed job with Nimmo throwing in every character she's created just to give them one last appearance in print. Most of the story doesn't even focus on Charlie. It jumps from Tancred to Emma to Olivia to Billy. When it finally bounces back to Charlie you're left wondering, why? Charlie hardly seems pivotal to the story anymore. The Bloors are trying to raise the evil Sorcerer Harkin from the past. We know he's really, really evil because ... well, he throws Billy in a dungeon and barks out orders a lot. Beyond that you have to wonder what's the point? What did the Bloors get by raising this psychopath? They clearly can't control him and, if they just want him to kill the endowed children they probably could have handled that themselves. Sorry to see this last book in the series as a disappointment but that's what it was.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Mariel

    WOW!!!!!! I love this book. It was so epic, especially the battle. I was like screaming because Paton got shot in the chest with an arrow. That must have been super painful. I just love love love this book. The author's words really brought me to the setting of the battle. After I finished this book, haha, I imagined what it would be like if I was in the battle as well. AND where in the world was Una!!! She didn't even help, gosh. What about Mr. Onimous? He didn't even participate in the battle. WOW!!!!!! I love this book. It was so epic, especially the battle. I was like screaming because Paton got shot in the chest with an arrow. That must have been super painful. I just love love love this book. The author's words really brought me to the setting of the battle. After I finished this book, haha, I imagined what it would be like if I was in the battle as well. AND where in the world was Una!!! She didn't even help, gosh. What about Mr. Onimous? He didn't even participate in the battle. Only the cats did. That part is really frustrating. I finished this book exactly at 3:02 p.m. I began reading the epic battle at 2:37 and finished it at 2:50!!! It was so epic. And I'm really happy that Billy is now Charlie's adoptive brother. Now he has a loving family. Haha, Emma and Tancred parts were so cute. "Tancred eased himself onto the sofa behind Emma. 'I suppose I could turn up and give everyone a fright,' he said. 'Not a good idea.' Emma came to sit beside him, and he noticed that her hair was still damp. It was very fine, silky hair and he had a sudden urge to touch it...." (can be found on pages 47 and 48 of Charlie Bone and the Red Knight) Haha. That was hilarious. :D Those two are my favorite characters!!!! Here's another little scene with them in it: "Emma stood outside the store and watched the three boys make their way down Cathedral Close. 'Take care,' she called. Tancred turned and waved. He almost blew her a kiss, at least that's what it looked like to her, but he obviously thought better of it." (can be found on page 335 of Charlie Bone and the Red Knight) I love these two. They're so completely oblivious of their liking towards one another. In other words, I just loved this book, as I already said earlier. Haha. I'm really glad that I own this book. Love IT!! (Again, haha, :D)

  3. 4 out of 5

    Luann

    This is another series where I've been waiting so long for the final book to come out that I was barely even excited anymore. But I have enjoyed all the other Charlie Bone books, so it was nice to finally read the conclusion. I thought it was a nice ending with some excitement, a final showdown, and most of the hanging threads satisfactorily wrapped-up. I was bothered a couple of times with the narrator voice saying things like, "If Charlie would have remembered to lock the door, things might hav This is another series where I've been waiting so long for the final book to come out that I was barely even excited anymore. But I have enjoyed all the other Charlie Bone books, so it was nice to finally read the conclusion. I thought it was a nice ending with some excitement, a final showdown, and most of the hanging threads satisfactorily wrapped-up. I was bothered a couple of times with the narrator voice saying things like, "If Charlie would have remembered to lock the door, things might have turned out differently. But he forgot." For me statements like that always feel like a cheap way to try to keep your reader's attention, especially when used multiple times in a book. At least this was only twice, but why use them at all? Also, there was a bit of unexpected violence, but nothing too graphic. I did like the use of the word skulduggery: "'I'll wager she's up to her neck in all this skulduggery,' Paton said to himself." :) I recommend this series to students who are almost, but not quite ready for Harry Potter. Charlie Bone is the same type of fantasy, mystery, and excitement, yet at a slightly lower reading level. 3.5 stars.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jill

    Three stars is a stretch, but it's cool. This was the finale of the Charlie Bone debacle. Originally, Charlie Bone books were cute and fun. As they went on, they got weaker and weaker. Then this one came along. Overall, I think the thing I dislike about Charlie Bone books is that there is no sense of urgency. There is no highs or lows - everything is just medium. If an enchanted knight is running at you with an enchanted sword, you would be like, "GET ME THE F OUT OF HERE!!!!!!!" Charlie Bone woul Three stars is a stretch, but it's cool. This was the finale of the Charlie Bone debacle. Originally, Charlie Bone books were cute and fun. As they went on, they got weaker and weaker. Then this one came along. Overall, I think the thing I dislike about Charlie Bone books is that there is no sense of urgency. There is no highs or lows - everything is just medium. If an enchanted knight is running at you with an enchanted sword, you would be like, "GET ME THE F OUT OF HERE!!!!!!!" Charlie Bone would be like, "Oh my. Here comes my death. Whatever shall I do... hmmm..." Jenny Nimmo needed to make everything more exciting. The emotions just weren't believeable. Also sometimes people would ridiculously overreact to not crazy things. Geez louise. Anyway, what saved this book was its lovely ending. Although predictable, I wouldn't have had it any other way. Also the Red Knight's identity was surprising, but I groaned about it.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jan

    Even though this wasn't the best entry in the eight book series, I still found it a pretty good ending to the series. Predictable yes, but it was also the ending I wanted. I do think the author ran out of ideas though by the time she got around to writing this book, as some of the dialogue and scenes seemed recycled from previous books in the series. The battle scene at the end of the book brought to mind many similar scenes from Harry Potter. And who would have guessed the identity of the Red K Even though this wasn't the best entry in the eight book series, I still found it a pretty good ending to the series. Predictable yes, but it was also the ending I wanted. I do think the author ran out of ideas though by the time she got around to writing this book, as some of the dialogue and scenes seemed recycled from previous books in the series. The battle scene at the end of the book brought to mind many similar scenes from Harry Potter. And who would have guessed the identity of the Red Knight when it was finally revealed? Not me. Didn't see that one coming. Definitely put this series in the hands of kids who love Harry Potter. They won't be disappointed.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sonia Gomes

    All the descendants of the Red King possess endowments, the idea is magical. I have spent so many pleasant hours wondering which magical endowment I would like to have. Being a hypnotist, like Manfred Bloor, does not appeal to me at all. Conjuring up huge storms much like Tancred is well not my cup of tea, the havoc he creates is unpleasant. Who wants to be a were-beast? Asa Pike leads a sad life on the fringes of society much like Prof. Lupin did in the Harry Potter series. Billy communicates wi All the descendants of the Red King possess endowments, the idea is magical. I have spent so many pleasant hours wondering which magical endowment I would like to have. Being a hypnotist, like Manfred Bloor, does not appeal to me at all. Conjuring up huge storms much like Tancred is well not my cup of tea, the havoc he creates is unpleasant. Who wants to be a were-beast? Asa Pike leads a sad life on the fringes of society much like Prof. Lupin did in the Harry Potter series. Billy communicates with animals, the concept is thrilling, not a bad endowment to have at all. Uhm telekinesis not undesirable, sit on my rocking chair and get my spectacles, my tea to come me. The twins Idith and Inez Branko, however use their endowments for undesirable purposes. Should I creep into a photograph like Charlie Bone does and hear the conversations between my family members? Or fly as a bird much like Emma Tolly does? No, the idea of knitting bewitched clothes, like Dorcas Loom is unpleasant. After hours spent in pleasant daydreams wondering which endowment I should choose from, after much deliberation, after many cups of tea at my window watching the monsoon at its best, I have come to the conclusion that... I would like to be the Illusionist, like Olivia conjuring up images of Monsters, Dragons, anything that catches my fancy. Oh dreams... Jenny Nimmo has created this magical world of the descendants of the Red King, running the Bloor Academy. It is a boarding school but as the Bloors who run the Academy have the idea as any despot would, of turning the city where they live into their personal fief a battle ensues between the endowed children leaning towards good and the endowed children loyal to the Bloors. What is remarkable however, is that Jenny Nimmo pays homage to the Continent of Africa, Lysander is the endowed descendant who can when situations are bad, conjure his warrior ancestors to assist him. They come in white robes and gold arm bands to fight against evil. Lysander Sage is the calm magician who brings balance to this world of Good and Evil.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Blaine

    I hope my low review doesn't discourage people from reading this. Most of the things I didn't like about it wouldn't be a problem on a lower reading level. That said, I was kind of dissapointed with this book, because I really liked to other books in the series. The easiest way to describe what I didn't like is that I thought the book was badly written (I didn't think this with the other books, which I read a long time ago, so I think the books may just be a lot below my reading level). What both I hope my low review doesn't discourage people from reading this. Most of the things I didn't like about it wouldn't be a problem on a lower reading level. That said, I was kind of dissapointed with this book, because I really liked to other books in the series. The easiest way to describe what I didn't like is that I thought the book was badly written (I didn't think this with the other books, which I read a long time ago, so I think the books may just be a lot below my reading level). What bothered me most were the character's emotions and reactions. Many of the emotions and reactions felt unnatural, in that the characters didn't react to the situation like people would in real life. Some of the character's emotions were also unconvincing, and I never felt the emotions myself, which I think is key to a book being enjoyable and feeling real. There was an aspect of Nimmo's writing style which bugged me, though it isn't necesarily bad writing. What is was is that she left out details of the character's actions. For instance (this isn't a real example, but there were many scenarios just like this), the characters would be standing outside the bookstore, talking, and then they would be in the bookstore talking to the clerk. But Nimmo wouldn't write that they had entered the store. Since I imagine everything I read, this confuses me for a second, as I am still envisioning them outside the store, but they're talking to someone inside the store. Every time this would happen, I'd have take a second to figure out where they really were, and this breaks up the flow of the story for me. I also thought the plot wasn't well constructed, the climax was altogether not climatic enough, and some aspects of the ending were extremely cliche. So that's what I thougt. If you read this far, just know that if you read at elementary school reading level, I think you would enjoy this book just fine.

  8. 5 out of 5

    EAL

    I can see why I liked this series so much in middle school, and I can see too that I have outgrown it. The rating of two is perhaps ungenerous, for it has been at least two years since I read the previous book; maybe that is why the "final battle" felt so completely anticlimactic. But I also dislike the characters' inability to plan things out, the way so much of the plot action hinges on silly or careless errors. The characters just don't seem all that intelligent sometimes. I also took issue w I can see why I liked this series so much in middle school, and I can see too that I have outgrown it. The rating of two is perhaps ungenerous, for it has been at least two years since I read the previous book; maybe that is why the "final battle" felt so completely anticlimactic. But I also dislike the characters' inability to plan things out, the way so much of the plot action hinges on silly or careless errors. The characters just don't seem all that intelligent sometimes. I also took issue with the way the ocean was depicted as under Lord Grimwald's power. No. No one can rule the ocean. The book's conflict felt entirely tactical, without any underlying strategy whatsoever. If the way to defeat the antagonists is with brute force, then what's the point? I am disappointed, but satisfied. Thank goodness I can close this door.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jasper

    (Questions and Spoilers) I really liked a few things in this book but there were also a few things that I didn't. For one, there were several questions (especially about Manfred) that were not answered. For example, In the last scene when Manfred had fully inherited his endowment from his ancestor Borlath, why did his endowment change from being a hypnotist to being able to create fire? Did he want it to change? Was Borlath a hypnotist in his youth and then in adulthood he suddenly was able to create (Questions and Spoilers) I really liked a few things in this book but there were also a few things that I didn't. For one, there were several questions (especially about Manfred) that were not answered. For example, In the last scene when Manfred had fully inherited his endowment from his ancestor Borlath, why did his endowment change from being a hypnotist to being able to create fire? Did he want it to change? Was Borlath a hypnotist in his youth and then in adulthood he suddenly was able to create fire like Manfred? Do all hypnotists become able to create fire at one point or other? Finally, did Manfred die when Ezekiel's wheelchair hit him or was he just knocked out? I also didn't like it when they had that last battle. It just wasn't right to put something gruesome (or at least violent) like that in a children's book. And if the "good guys" were fighting and killing the bad guys because they had fought and killed them then how could they be called good if they were doing the exact same thing? Anyway, I really liked the ending and it was exciting in some parts.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Elisha Condie

    Yes, I'm reading another book written for 11 year old boys. What? This book rounds out the Charlie Bone series (I think). And I've enjoyed them, for the most part. Charlie Bone goes to a creepy school called Bloors Academy where some of the children are endowed with special gifts. Charlie can move into pictures and paintings, his friend Tancred can call up storms, and the sinister Manfred is a hypnotizer. Throughout the books Charlie is clashing with his evil grandma who he lives with and trying Yes, I'm reading another book written for 11 year old boys. What? This book rounds out the Charlie Bone series (I think). And I've enjoyed them, for the most part. Charlie Bone goes to a creepy school called Bloors Academy where some of the children are endowed with special gifts. Charlie can move into pictures and paintings, his friend Tancred can call up storms, and the sinister Manfred is a hypnotizer. Throughout the books Charlie is clashing with his evil grandma who he lives with and trying to stay away from the more evil-inclined endowed kids at Bloors. I like the story, I like the off beat characters, but I've come to think of this series as a sort of Harry Potter substitute - the same flavor, perhaps, but just not as good.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Beaky

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I'm sad to see the series end, seemed like there could have been more too it. Got slightly disappointed by how it ended, everything all tied up neatly and suddenly; really! If you read the book you'd see what I mean. I mean the battle scene, I didn't even see Fido disappear and only realised when Charlie was up and saying Fido was up. The fight scene was rather hazy, but then it is war, and when all his friends were going done, I didn't even notice. And then they got up again because they weren' I'm sad to see the series end, seemed like there could have been more too it. Got slightly disappointed by how it ended, everything all tied up neatly and suddenly; really! If you read the book you'd see what I mean. I mean the battle scene, I didn't even see Fido disappear and only realised when Charlie was up and saying Fido was up. The fight scene was rather hazy, but then it is war, and when all his friends were going done, I didn't even notice. And then they got up again because they weren't fatally injured and went to the hospital! No good guys died, which is good because I like Paton, although it's a bit childish, you could say. The end, where they got to the Academy was also silly. I'm not even clear on what happened. Ezekiel went rolling...and something (Ezekiel) hit Manfred (?) and they died in like.. less than a page??? Also I would have much rathered Billy inherit the Academy, but at least he got a happy ending. Dagbert's role in the story was interesting, though I'm not too thrilled how his father died. Dagbert was just getting relatable kid with a crazy curse and father and no friends. The series gets a 5 because I wouldn't have wanted the good guys dying, they've all become so likable, and when Nimmo got to the end she seemed to be racing things and making it very choppy, but I'm fine. I almost feel like rereading the series. I can't believe it ended, and I suppose there's antagonist for a sequel now. I'll might give Nimmo's other books a try when I see them.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Traci Haley

    Like many reviewers, I'd started feeling like the Charlie Bone series had overstayed its welcome. The last couple of volumes were kind of muddled and ever since the book where Charlie found his dad, it seemed like Nimmo was just stretching the story along. That being said, I wasn't really that excited to start this final volume of the series. It only took a few chapters for me to change my mind. While I could tell that Nimmo was trying to cram in as many characters from the life of the series as Like many reviewers, I'd started feeling like the Charlie Bone series had overstayed its welcome. The last couple of volumes were kind of muddled and ever since the book where Charlie found his dad, it seemed like Nimmo was just stretching the story along. That being said, I wasn't really that excited to start this final volume of the series. It only took a few chapters for me to change my mind. While I could tell that Nimmo was trying to cram in as many characters from the life of the series as possible, I still had fun with this adventure and I really liked how they ended up resolving the whole series. I can't say that I'm sad that this series is over, like I was with the Harry Potter and Twilight series, but I do not regret spending so much time in Charlie Bone's world.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I really loved the whole Charlie Bone series. I was expecting sumthin totallly different with the Red Knight. They keep on leading you so u believe that the Red Knight it the Red King but, then 2 find out that it was Charlie's dad. thats just really a twist. sum people may b able 2 figure it out b4 but i couldnt. i knew Charlie's parent were away but then they really werent'.... still don't understand the whole thing with the postcards though.... really happy ending and i feeel soooo srry 4 Redr I really loved the whole Charlie Bone series. I was expecting sumthin totallly different with the Red Knight. They keep on leading you so u believe that the Red Knight it the Red King but, then 2 find out that it was Charlie's dad. thats just really a twist. sum people may b able 2 figure it out b4 but i couldnt. i knew Charlie's parent were away but then they really werent'.... still don't understand the whole thing with the postcards though.... really happy ending and i feeel soooo srry 4 Redrandt the rat cause he had 2 leave his girlfriend!!!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jo

    In 1996 JK Rowling started a world wide fascination for Wizards, magic, muggles and the eternal fight against good and Evil. Jenny Nimmo has created a world similar to Hogworts and characters that are an intriguing mix. Everybody has individual powers, so you never quite know what to expect. I would recommend this series to children added 7-12

  15. 5 out of 5

    C.J. Milbrandt

    Final installment in the series. Loved watching the final pieces slide into place. Excellent series with a satisfying resolution. I'll be reaching for Nimmo's other books, for she's gained my trust. A favorite series, a favorite author.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Esther | lifebyesther

    The series was really cute. There were many twists that I didn't see coming. I enjoyed each book, and looked forward to the next one. However, I wish the author had spent more time developing each character instead of piling on complications and new enemies. While the final conflicts were anti-climatic, the very last paragraph was quite sweet and a wonderful way to end the series.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Nikki H

    fans of harry potter will love this amazing series

  18. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Stone

    A great series for kids not quite ready for Harry Potter.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lucy Tsui

    These books were so good definitely recommended.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kayla Squire

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. A wonderful conclusion! I have to admit, I was kind of wondering the same thing as Charlie- it was so good to see his dad back, and I was kind of disappointed that we didn't really get to see his dad in any of the books after he came back, but that was really cool that his Dad was the knight! The battle at the end was really cool! I still love all the characters. What a great finale!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Marla

    3.5 stars. This book sounded so familiar that I returned it because I thought that I had already read it. I will have to try again another time. Dec 2016 - Okay, I've got it again, and it sounds so familiar, but I will try to skip to the next several disks and see if I get to parts that aren't familiar. Only the first disk sounded familiar, so I am listening in to the final adventures of the children of the Red King. Likes: * Flames - Ares (yellow), Sagittarius (copper) & Leo (orange) * Billy's abi 3.5 stars. This book sounded so familiar that I returned it because I thought that I had already read it. I will have to try again another time. Dec 2016 - Okay, I've got it again, and it sounds so familiar, but I will try to skip to the next several disks and see if I get to parts that aren't familiar. Only the first disk sounded familiar, so I am listening in to the final adventures of the children of the Red King. Likes: * Flames - Ares (yellow), Sagittarius (copper) & Leo (orange) * Billy's ability to talk to animals * Maisie's cooking * Red King rescues (view spoiler)[ * 600 year old gravity defying sea globe * Stone figures coming to life (even if they are controlled by evil Eric) * Dagbert Endless's gold charms * Secret tunnels and hiding places * Magical sword attacks * Claerwen, Charlie's moth/wand * Alice Angel, Olivia's godmother * Billy's rat, Rembrandt having a girlfriend rat * Reunion * Wedding * Happy ever after (hide spoiler)] Dislikes: * Evil winning * Bloor family are so scheming and self-serving * Grandma Bone and her sisters * Closing of Pets Cafe (view spoiler)[ * Tancred sneaking around is going to get exposed and their advantage will be gone * New No Pets Cafe * Paton Yewbeam's mysterious disappearances * Ms. Ingledew being angry at Peyton for not being around when her book shop is ransacked * Charlie interrogated by Yewbeam sisters and Manfred Bloor and giving up secrets * Olivia showing off her illusion endowment * Olivia being controlled by Manfred * Billy's rat's whining and complaining * Can't you call police and get some of these thugs off the street? But I guess they didn't come over the book shop destruction * Mysterious swordsman * Saying goodbye to Matilda * Identity of the Red Knight (hide spoiler)] With-reservations: evil, compelling people, threats

  22. 4 out of 5

    Eddie

    My favorite I think of the series, I found this volume to be very hard to put down, the action is quick and the intrique is thick. I originally picked up the first in the series hoping that it might be something the kids would enjoy, they really love the 'Secrets of Droon' series. The story has a bit of Harry Potter feel to it, kids with magical powers at a school for kids with powers. Charlie is the center point, and an underdog for being basically good. But there is plenty that isn't Harry Pot My favorite I think of the series, I found this volume to be very hard to put down, the action is quick and the intrique is thick. I originally picked up the first in the series hoping that it might be something the kids would enjoy, they really love the 'Secrets of Droon' series. The story has a bit of Harry Potter feel to it, kids with magical powers at a school for kids with powers. Charlie is the center point, and an underdog for being basically good. But there is plenty that isn't Harry Potter. The endowments that each child has are original, the action is quick and especially in this last installment, pretty intense. For a finale, I thought that the author did a good job of giving a suitable epilogue tying up loose ends. As I was reading, I had several thoughts about some things. The bad guys get away with alot of bad stuff and nobody of authority stops them. The good kids basically are forced to go to school with murderers (or would be murderers), kidnappers and thugs, their parents know it and continue to send them. Also, some of the characters have pretty poor communication, they allude and allude and ALWAYS leave out the important bit for later. But then again, it's a kids series and I suppose when you're that young, it doesn't get in the way of the story. All in all, I found the series enjoyable and would HIGHLY recommend it to anyone especially younger readers who enjoy the fantasy genre.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Stacy

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. For the most part, I was pleased with the final book of the Children of the Red King series, though that could be because the series had drawn to a close. The final battle was pretty climactic, but I could have done with more suspense. There are some loose ends, though, that still grate on me. In this book, it says that Charlie had never been in any of his great aunt's houses, but in another book, he and his uncle go into Aunt Venetia's house and stop/kill the evil Yolanda Yewbeam. This is not a For the most part, I was pleased with the final book of the Children of the Red King series, though that could be because the series had drawn to a close. The final battle was pretty climactic, but I could have done with more suspense. There are some loose ends, though, that still grate on me. In this book, it says that Charlie had never been in any of his great aunt's houses, but in another book, he and his uncle go into Aunt Venetia's house and stop/kill the evil Yolanda Yewbeam. This is not a huge concern, for it really adds nothing to the story, but it is nice when books in a series all meet up together with no problems. We also never find out why Albert Tuccini was imprisoned in the Castle of Mirrors; another minor plot, but one that still leaves me questioning: was it simply to show that the Bloor family impacted many lives, not just children of the Red King? Also, in the first few books a big deal is made out of the fact that Charlie can withstand Manfred's hypnotism, and even fights back, but in this book, it almost goes overkill on stating that Charlie cannot withstand it, that Manfred is too powerful and Charlie is scared of him. What? That doesn't make sense with the character of Charlie we know. Also, in the final battle sequence, where was Mr. Onimous? Where was Una? Where was Claerwen? What happens to Claerwen, the wand, at the end of the book? What happens to Count Harken's shadow in the portrait of the Red King? Is the Count really gone?

  24. 4 out of 5

    M.

    Book 8 in the Children of the Red King series. Charlie Bone and his friends can see that the evil descendants of the Red King are preparing for a massive assault on the Red King's descendants representing the forces of good. All the "endowed," both good and evil, have supernatural powers that are used in the fight. Charlie's parents are off on a second honeymoon so can't help, but Charlie and his team take the fight step by step, figuring out how to win each battle as it occurs. They're helped b Book 8 in the Children of the Red King series. Charlie Bone and his friends can see that the evil descendants of the Red King are preparing for a massive assault on the Red King's descendants representing the forces of good. All the "endowed," both good and evil, have supernatural powers that are used in the fight. Charlie's parents are off on a second honeymoon so can't help, but Charlie and his team take the fight step by step, figuring out how to win each battle as it occurs. They're helped by a mysterious Red Knight who appears when least expected, riding a white horse and ready to use his sword against the evil enemies. This book was easier to read than some of the earlier ones. For one thing, I know the characters now. For another, the plot doesn't have as many twists and turns to keep track of as some of the others. this appears be the last novel in this series as the loose ends are neatly tied up and the problems encountered all through the earlier books are brought to a satisfactory conclusion. Probably 4th grade and up.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    This book felt a little bit "by the numbers", as if Nimmo used one of those internet plot generators. But I can't fault her too much-- it's hard to come up with fresh new perils after eight books. I didn't realize until the end that this was intended to be the end of the series, and I thought the wrap up was rushed. Every (non-evil) character had to have his/her happy ending, and every evil character had to get his/her comeuppance. On the whole, this is one of my top "go to" series when recommend This book felt a little bit "by the numbers", as if Nimmo used one of those internet plot generators. But I can't fault her too much-- it's hard to come up with fresh new perils after eight books. I didn't realize until the end that this was intended to be the end of the series, and I thought the wrap up was rushed. Every (non-evil) character had to have his/her happy ending, and every evil character had to get his/her comeuppance. On the whole, this is one of my top "go to" series when recommending books to fans of Harry Potter. I'll miss Charlie, Benjamin, and especially Runner Bean.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    8 years in the making this series is finally done! Book 8 is the last book in this series and it was a quick and fun read. It was nice to get some closure after waiting over a year for this last book. Learning the identity of the Red Knight was great! This book is great for kids I think. I know my sister and her son have read almost all of them and loved them as well. I would go to your local library and check out the first book. It's a great series.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Amy Whitney

    I read this series out loud to the kids. We all loved it. The kids were very upset when we didn't have time. I have bought the series. The characters are vivid. The main moral themes are treating others kindly, helping wherever we can, and fighting for good simply because it is the right thing to do. I loved the ending!! I would suggest this for any kid to read, they will need at least a 2nd grade reading level to read on their own.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Stella

    I can't believe this is the last book!! This must have been what the HP fans felt like. I absolutely enjoyed the whole series. This was a perfect ending to the series. Charlie Bone will forever be one of my favourite series. So many conflicts and twists! Jenny Nimmo, you are a genius! Don't stop writing.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    totally awesome book! but a bit confusing

  30. 4 out of 5

    livvy

    can't wait to finish this book series! i know this book will be so cute and very interesting!!!!!!!!! :)

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