My rating: 3 of 5 stars
In this third book of the series, Celie and her siblings and friends are whisked away to the mysterious land where the Castle came from. Evil wizards, poisoned lakes, and griffins abound, and Celie has to figure out what the truth is about the Castle’s history to find a way to get back home, save the griffins, and heal the Castle.
I didn’t like this book quite as much as the others, since there was a lot of confusion about who was lying and who was telling half-truths about the past. It made for a confusing plot, and I couldn’t tell who was Arkish and who was Hathelocke, who had control of the Castle first or who first trained griffins.
Also instead of sneaking through secret passageways in the Castle for some whimsical fun, the characters are mostly trekking through forest, starving, and hiding inside a massive crypt/tomb. This book is a little darker than the others.
I did love seeing Celie and her friends rising to the challenge of their adventures, and the magical griffins are just delightful! Each of the characters has their own strengths and weaknesses, and they all rely on one another. I love how they all really respect the talents of the others. Each of them has their own voice, their own personal journey and growth. Excellent writing!