Reviews for Chestnut King


AudioFile Reviews 2011 January
For readers of the 100 Cupboards trilogy, THE CHESTNUT KING is a compelling and satisfying end to the story. After discovering 99 doors to distant worlds in his bedroom, Henry York has unintentionally awoken an ancient evil in the form of the witch Nimiane. Russell Horton narrates in a voice that is equal parts gentle and menacing as the story travels through multiple worlds towards Henry's confrontation with the Chestnut King, who, for a price, may offer some help defeating Nimiane. Horton's deliberate pauses and inflections add suspense to this epic fantasy as Henry, his family, and his friends fight to save themselves and preserve the worlds they have grown to love. E.A.B. (c) AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine

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School Library Journal Reviews 2010 July

Gr 4-7--In the final volume (Random, 2010) of N. D. Wilson's The 100 Cupboards trilogy, Henry York has found happiness. He is lovingly surrounded by his family from Kansas, and his family from the magical world of Hylfing. But the evil witch Nimiame has plans for the boy. She sends out her fingerlings--creepy warriors with fingers at the back of their skulls--to capture Henry and his family. Henry has been infected with Nimiame's blood and it will eat away at his flesh until he dies. The boy darts in and out of time and space through the magical cupboards, always staying a step ahead of Nimiame until the final showdown of good versus evil. Russell Horton returns as narrator and, although his precise annunciation strives valiantly to keep characters and plot threads clear, many listeners will become hopelessly lost as action is sacrificed to the wordy narrative. Those who persevere will be rewarded with rich, descriptive language, interesting characters, and a sweet conclusion. Only fans of the series will appreciate this concluding tale. Purchase this volume if you already own the first two audiobooks.--Tricia Melgaard, Centennial Middle School, Broken Arrow, OK

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