Oh Snap! Things just got real! In the end of the last book the Grace children watched on as Mulgarath and his minion goblins decimated the dwarves. The children scramble to get home as fast as possible, but all is not right. Byron is out chasing something on the room of the house, but the house is in total disarray. Thimbletack sits there alone pouting. He says it’s all his fault. Mulgarath has their mother. It turns out Byron is chasing Hogsqueal the goblin. He actually works for the army of Mulgarath, but so does everyone else. Hogsqueal isn’t actually so bad. Jared knows that he must speak with Arthur Spiderwick. Mallory and Simon go one way while Jared goes the other way with Thimbletack. He goes into elven territory and demands to speak with Arthur Spiderwick. The elves grant his request and he is able to talk to Arthur for a bit. Arthur isn’t as helpful as he could be, but he says that Mulgarath can shapeshift. Jared leaves and goes to the dump where Mulgarath apparently has his lair. There are small dragons there, but Byron happily eats them up. They struggle to get into Mulgarath’s lair, but they gradually do. There are giant steps leading up, but nobody is around. There they find their mother, and strangely, father tied up. They speak with their dad and tell them all that has happened, but it turns out that he isn’t really their dad. He’s someone else entirely, but the children persevere and come out in the end. They bring Aunt Lucinda home and she says her goodbyes to her father Arthur.
What I liked
I really liked that Aunt Lucinda got to come home. I also like that Mulgarath was beaten under such simple circumstances. Sometimes a battle doesn’t necessarily have to be all about brawn it can be about wits and being in the right place at the right time. I’m glad the children were able to defeat the things they were trying to defeat. I think it’s neat that they made themselves a place in a strange unseen world.
What I didn’t like
I think the conversation with the children’s supposed father is sad. They only know it’s not their father when their father says he wants all of them to be together. The children know their father would never say this. It’s just sad that the kids know that their family will never be together again.
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Black-Holly, Children’s, DiTerlizzi-Tony, Family dynamics, Fantasy, Fiction, Mystery, Young Adult