Reviews for Shadow World
Booklist Reviews 2007 December #1
The humor, adventure, and danger that fueled The Secret Country (2006), book 1 in the Eidolon Chronicles, are well maintained in this sequel, to which Stower contributes another round of appealing chapter-header artwork. It is time for Ben's ailing mother, the long-lost queen of Eidolon, to return to the Shadow World to heal herself and lead the land's creatures against the dastardly Dodman. Inadvertently, Ben and his two sisters are also drawn to the magical world, which the three siblings are prophesied to save. Returning readers will not be disappointed. Copyright 2007 Booklist Reviews.
Horn Book Guide Reviews 2008 Spring
Ben Arnold returns to the magical world of Eidolon, this time joined by his two sisters and his mother, the lost queen Isadora. Ben and his siblings begin to reveal their prophesied talents as they oppose the evil Dodman. Fantasy fans will enjoy the well-drawn characters and copious action. The conclusion leaves much room for the next volume. Copyright 2008 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
Kirkus Reviews 2007 July #1
The second episode in this formulaic fantasy shifts the scene to the otherworldly Secret Country. Returning after 15 years in this plane, Queen Isadora enlists help from the Horned Lord Cernunnos to rally opposition to the evil Dodman, a dog-headed sorcerer whose plan for conquest calls for draining the land of its magic. Following her on impulse, her drama-queen daughter Eleanor is quickly taken hostage by the Dodman, who demands an exchange. To the rescue marches Isadora's courageous son Ben with feline sidekick Iggy, plus a centaur, a pair of selkies and other creatures from folklore. Petty, vicious and commanding a corps of clownishly stupid goblins, the Dodman lacks any credibility as a threat; captured and thoroughly drubbed in the climactic battle, he is nonetheless inexplicably left alive and in power to continue his scheming. The author evidently couldn't think of any other way to keep the series going--but there's a Prophecy to fulfill, and you know what that means. (Fantasy. 10-12) Copyright Kirkus 2007 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.
School Library Journal Reviews 2007 November
Gr 4-7 --Ben Arnold, his father, and his older sister Ellie must bid farewell to their mother and baby sister, Alice, who are making their way back to Eidolon, the magical land described in The Secret Country (S & S, 2006). Saddened by their departure, Ben and his father are horrified to discover that Ellie has mistakenly crossed into Eidolon, too. The boy sets out to bring her back, only to learn that all manner of chaos has been let loose there. Ellie is captured by the evil Dodman, who threatens to torture the girl if her mother, Queen of Eidolon, does not submit to his will. Naturally, Ben must rescue his irritating sibling, and a host of magical folk--a centaur, a mermaid, dragons, and selkies, among others--join him in the battle against the malevolent creatures enlisted by the Dodman. A whimsical black-and-white drawing opens each chapter. While a continuing connection with the characters will enhance the experience for those who have read the earlier book, this sequel stands on its own.--Sharon Grover, Hedberg Public Library, Janesville, WI [Page 126]. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.