Sky and his teen monster hunter friends are admirable and heroic characters driven by loyalty and a desire to save their town. After the monster prison on Pimiscule Manor is shut tight again, Sky's family moves in.
It being the old house of his Uncle Phineas, famed Hunter of Legend, hunters from across the globe know just how to find him. On his 13th birthday, hundreds do just that, and not for the party. They're coming to kill him.
The Hunter Chronicles. A boy is forced to face the mysterious secrets of his past in order to save the world in this thrilling middle grade series that Brandon Mull. Return to Exile (The Hunter Chronicles #1) and The Legend Thief (The Hunter Chronicles #2).
Because he has the rare eye of legend on his hand, they fear he's the one the monster Bedlam will reach out to from his prison, take over his mind, and take all the hunters down in vengeance for their betrayal. So the chase is on, but it's on Sky's turf, where he's set oodles of traps and knows where to find the monsters that fight back and how to provoke them -- yule log, anyone? When a shaky truce is called with the hunters, they all know it won't last. Bedlam's army of monsters is on the way and will destroy the whole town of Exile in just days.
Sky bests hundreds of hunters and it's clear that a year in Exile fighting monsters, setting traps, and hanging out with his ubersmart weapon-making friends has made a real hunter out of him. It's a great, fast-paced opening, and the pace never lets up. That's good and bad. It will keep kids engaged, sure, but sometimes the storytelling suffers. Patten has many characters in play and many aren't who they seem , so it can be really hard to take it all in at that pace.
And it also allows him no chance for subtlety. For example, Sky's birthday present of a shield that repels fire is thrown at him right before he heads into a bowling alley filled with fiery monsters. Still, Legend Thief is a stronger book than Book 1, Return to Exile , and there's plenty here that will keep the series engaging for fantasy fans, especially as Sky and Errand's complex relationship develops.
Families can talk about what led you to The Hunter Chronicles. Will you read the next book? What do you like about this fantasy series? Lots of the many characters are not who they seem or have lived for hundreds of years and have complex histories and countless secrets. Do you like to spend the book wondering who's really who? Or do you focus on the action and monsters instead?
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Wheadon , Common Sense Media. Frenetically paced, complex monster fantasy. Sign in or join to save for later. Parents say No reviews yet Add your rating. Kids say No reviews yet Add your rating. Get it now Searching for streaming and purchasing options Common Sense is a nonprofit organization. Your purchase helps us remain independent and ad-free. Sky has more monsters to fight—and lives to save—in the thrilling sequel to Return to Exile. Sky thought he had problems before. But none of that compares to now.
The Hunter Chronicles, Book 2. Familiar and predictable but lots of fun. See how we rate. Greek myths meet fast-paced adventure in boy-demigod tale. Fantasy Books for Kids. It will keep kids engaged, sure, but sometimes the storytelling suffers. More end-of-times excitement with a heavy dose of humor.
Well, Sky thought there was only one mission, but the longer he stays alive, the more he realizes that there is something else afoot. And all those friends that he kept in the dark to keep them safe? Turns out he might have to ask them to risk their lives yet again to stop an unspeakable evil from wreaking havoc on the world.
With art from the illustrator of the Percy Jackson series and praise from New York Times bestselling writers—including Brandon Mull, author of the Beyonders and Fablehaven series, and Return to Exile Book 1. Legend Thief Book 2. Free eBook available to NEW subscribers only.
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