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The Wyrm King (Beyond the Spiderwick Chronicles) by Holly Black & Tony diTerlizzi
Review by Drew Bittner
Simon & Schuster Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780689871337
Date: 08 September 2009 List Price $11.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /

It's been quite an adventure, but the Spiderwick series is finally at an end. In The Wyrm King, Holly Black and Tony diTerlizzi wrap up the sequel-trilogy to their bestselling Spiderwick Chronicles in a tale that reaches an all-new high in terms of danger, heroism, and magic.

The tale begins at a low point for our heroes. Although they averted doom through a clever stratagem last time, it appears that this salvation may have made things worse for their southern Florida community. Worse than that, their family is on the brink of shattering, as the father of Nick and Jules and the mother of Laurie prepare to end their short-lived marriage.

Needless to say, the kids are in despair.

Which makes this the absolute wrong time for the ultimate menace to rear its head(s) from the depths. A horde of snakelike wyrms are rising toward the surface, causing sinkholes to dot the landscape--and that's only the beginning of the harm they'll wreak. So how can they fix this?

Nick, Laurie, and Jules call on the three Grace siblings--Jared, Simon, and Mallory--who are armed with their great-uncle Arthur's Field Guide. But even they (and the book) might not be enough, so a desperate plan is called for. Nick has to summon up all his courage and make a fateful decision, even as the kids try to undo something monumental they had just achieved.

Filled with magic, wonder, and heroism, The Wyrm King is really mostly about family--the one you are born into and the one you might be lucky enough to gain. Holly Black and Tony diTerlizzi have reached new heights in this tale, creating a family with more complex dynamics than the Grace children and a threat far beyond the original Spiderwick Chronicles.

These two creators have deservedly earned legions of fans, from little children to grown-ups (such as this reviewer). This final tale in the Spiderwick world is a doozy, and if the series must end, this book sends the series off on a very high note indeed.

Strongly recommended.

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