Tuesday, 11 December 2012

The Monster by Garth Nix and Sean Williams

The spectacular fantasy series from Garth Nix and Sean Williams continues!

Since moving to the town of Portland, many bizarre things have happened to Jaide and Jack Shield. The twins have discovered their own magical powers - and have seen how they can go horribly wrong. They have met cats who talk and humans who keep silent about deep, dark secrets. And they have begun their fight against a deadly force known only as The Evil.

Still, Jaide and Jack have yet to meet the strangest resident of Portland. It''s a creature that only comes out at night, a beast that defies human description. Jaide and Jack have never seen it . . . but they''re about to. And when they do, destruction and disaster won''t be too far away.

Garth Nix is a fun kid’s author. He has interesting ideas and I have no idea how he comes up with them. The Monster is book 2 in a series called The Troubletwisters. The main characters are Jack and Jaide, twins who find out they are troubletwisters. In this adventure, they are certain that The Evil is going to come back and can’t help but wonder if the Monster of Portland is The Evil. While they are trying to help, they end up making things worse. I think that it is so much fun to read these kinds of books and I think that kids would get a real kick out of them. As an adult I find myself sometimes thinking “Why are you doing that? This can only end badly.” Haha.
This second installment was fun, but not quite as exciting as the first. The cats, Kleo and Ari, are very involved in this story and that suits me fine (I may love cats a little.) Grandma X is very mysterious and you can’t help but constantly wonder what is going on behind the scenes that only she and the author knows. I felt bad for Jack and Jaide in this book because they are both uncertain about their Gifts and their roles as troubletwisters. They are still learning and do not fully understand how everything works. They even lose their Gifts at one point and it hits them pretty hard. All of this makes sense in the end, though, when the book reaches its climax and the puzzle pieces fall in to place.
I think that any child, boy or girl, would absolutely love this series. There are only 2 books so far and I’m not sure how many there will be, but it is adventurous, it has main characters of both genders, and it’s just all around fun. I would definitely recommend buying this for a child in your life! And if you are an adult who likes to just escape and go on adventures, give it a shot! Why not, eh? I give this book a 3/5.
Happy Reading!
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