My rating: 5 of 5 stars
In this exciting, fast-paced book, Bobby Pendragon is once again fighting against the evil Saint Dane, this time in the jungle territory of Eelong. Bobby is half-killed, nearly eaten by wild animals, thrown into jail, starved, beaten up, and nearly poisoned, so you know…. just a normal day for him.
This book, like all the others in this series, had me on the edge of my seat, clutching the book with white knuckles. The action just keeps coming, and the mystery unravels little by little. Just when you think you have it figured out, something smashes through the plot and turns everything upside down.
I adore Bobby, of course! He is the perfect hero, growing and changing, making mistakes, and being brave and loyal and true. In this book, he is second-guessing himself all over the place, worried about making the wrong decision, and he has to rely on his friends for advice and support. The way everyone rallies to him is a huge testament to the kind of loyalty that Bobby inspires in those around him, and in the reader!
Once again, Saint Dane is a slimy disgusting horrible villain! He is so devious and sly, and he twists everything to be ugly and horrifying. It’s brilliant writing, because I hate that guy so much!
I loved seeing Mark and Courtney taking on a new level of adventure as they become acolytes. They have some tough decisions to face, and the truth is not always clear. They make some mistakes and get into trouble, but their hearts are focused only on helping Bobby, and it’s their love for him that inspires all their actions.
I completely fell in love with Kasha, a new character who is very tough and rugged, but has a warm heart. She tries to pretend like she doesn’t care, but her actions say otherwise. When Bobby attempts to befriend her and guide her in their fight against Saint Dane, Kasha rebels and scoffs, but ultimately finds her own version of the truth. Her character development was a major part of this novel and beautifully written!
This book broke my heart in so many ways. I fall in love with new characters, and then people keep dying! Why do the characters I love always keep dying?!? Gah!