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[Page 44]. Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.
Gr 5-8--Book three of this powerfully written, coming-of-age trilogy is not a stand-alone novel. In the beginning, baseball-loving Henry York, 12, of Kansas, is not a hero. Then, he uncovers another life. It reaches out to him from the other side of a cupboard door. In this installment, Nimiane, an undying witch embodied with unparalleled evil, challenges Henry's very existence. Warrior minions of the queen, known as fingerlings, hunt Henry across worlds. They are puppets connected to her through a finger at the back of their heads. Lives of family members, faeren, wizards, friends, worlds, and the people surrounding them hang by a thread. Henry must solicit the help of the Chestnut King, a person not easily found or easily convinced. The story line is intricate and compelling, although a few minor segments will leave readers with questions. It follows the standard good versus evil in fantasy, but the element that makes this fantasy stand above the rest is Wilson's knowledge of the classics. He brings a masterful eye to the story's heart and soul through his voice. The writing style is impressive. Fans of the series will be excited to turn the pages to enter this believable world full of rich characters.--Robyn Gioia, Bolles School, Ponte Vedra, FL[Page 122]. Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.