Thursday, April 5, 2012

Review: The Ironwood Tree by Tony DiTerlizzi & Holly Black

The Ironwood Tree

Author: Holly Black & Tony DiTerlizzi

Publication Date: April 6th, 2004

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Genre: Fantasy/Adventure/YA/Middle-Grade



First a pack of vile, smelly goblins snatch Simon. Then a band of elves try to entrap Jared. Why is the entire faerie world so eager to get their hands on Spiderwick's Guide? And will the Grace kids be left alone, now that the Guide has mysteriously disappeared? Don't count on it. At school, someone is running around pretending to be Jared, and it's not Simon. To make matters even worse, now Mallory has disappeared and something foul in the water is killing off all the plants and animals for miles around. Clues point to the old abandoned quarry, just outside of town. Dwarves have taken over an abandoned mine there. And the faerie world's abuzz with the news that a creature with plans to rule the world has offered them a gift to join with him -- he's given them a queen..

My Thoughts: doesn't ever really prove it. So speaking of Mulgarath, he is the new very evil bad guy introduced in this book.  I'm not entirely sure what kind of Faerie he is, but he has a band of goblin and ogre followers. And they carry in tow a bound and hooded prisoner, who could it be?

We always get to meet someone new in each book, and this book brought us Dwarves! I do really enjoy Dwarves, although these ones we're not your friendly type...The Grace siblings find themselves in quite the pickle when they decide to enter their underground lair. The details of that escapade await you inside this installment of the Spiderwick Chronicles. There was also a small appearance of a little guy called a knocker, he can talk to stones. He was a pretty creepy guy, and not someone I would want to encounter any time soon I don't think. We also met a faerie that can take the form of other people. He got Jared into a big pile of trouble. But of course, that is nothing new. The faerie world is always landing Jared in deep water. I feel bad for the little guy all the time!  He hates how disappointed his mom is, but how could he tell her the truth? She already thinks he is a little off his rocker based on the happenings of late. I'm hoping for the best for the Grace family in book #5!

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