Monday, 26 April 2010

Arthur and the Forbidden City

Arthur and the Forbidden City follows Arthur and the Minimoys by Luc Besson who takes us back to Necropolis where Arthur is stuck having to find the treasure that is needed to save his grandmother's house.

Luc Besson takes us on an exciting adventure with Arthur as the protagonist, Princess Selenia his love, and Betameche her brother pinned against Maltazard, our villian who wants to dominate the whole kingdom and have the treasure for himself. The book starts from where Arthur is still with the Princess Selenia in their kingdom trying to get to Maltazard who has the treasure that Arthur needs to rescue his grandmother. Arthur is brave and witty, but at times one would think he is too much for his age. The boy is not but ten years of age and understands flattery where he uses phrases and words that one would think would belong to more of a mature child. Nevertheless this adventure is like a rollercoaster with its ups and downs. Well suited for a child of Arthur's age, it will make one want to sit down and hope that all ends well.

The setting, characters and plot are not boring and it doesn't make the reader want to read ahead to see what happens at the end. I must also add that the ending somehow makes sense even though I would have wanted a happily ever after. The ending truly makes one want to read the book again. Well-crafted story that I think everyone should read.

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