I received this book courtesy of Ms. McAdams for the purpose of a fair and honest review.
Overview: Trouble is brewing in Mim again. Charlie is having a hard time finding his family and friends. They seemed to have disappeared from the face of Mim. During a Haroon council, Charlie learns of the Key of Mim. Will finding the Key restore Charlie’s family and friends? Or is there more to this story? And is there any ally left to help?
Story Telling: Well, this is still a middle-grade fantasy, complete with magic.
Likes: We get to see Santa? At least the Storm King is still devoted to his family.
Dislikes: This book seemed to be too much. There was just too much weight and responsibility for a ten-year-old boy. Charlie had to worry about his family, friends, and his own life. The last one was because, apparently, Charlie’s powers are inherited through his staff.
Also, when it cam to Fen’s prejudices we seemed to get a lecture. Allow me to offer Tolkien’s rebuke concerning old wives’ tales or other passed down knowledge. “But do not despise the lore that has come down from distant years; for oft it may chance that old wives keep in memory word of things that once were needful for the wise to know.”-The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, Book II, Chapter 8 Farewell to Lorien.
Also it is heavily implied that bad people and/or things were made that way by circumstances and other people. In all due respect, that idea is a bunch of bull. I’ve heard of people who have lived through some horrific conditions, and they turned out to be some of the best people in the world. Likewise, some of the luckiest people, can turn out to be some of the biggest monsters.
Favorite Character: I’ll go with Charlie’s Grandfather.
Favorite Quote: Sorry guys, not this time.
Favorite Scene: The Christmas Village was fun.
Conclusion: This book didn’t live up to the promise of “The Secret of Mim.” Perhaps it is a question of tastes, but I doubt it.