Fantasy

Brisingr (Inheritance Cycle)

BRISINGR by Christopher Paolini

The story is set in the vast country Alaglasia ruled by an evil king Galbatorix. Closely escaping with there lives from the battle of burning plains Eragon and his dragon Saphira travel to Hellgrind on a dangerous mission with there his cousin Roran to rescue Katrina who is engaged to Roran. However this is just one of the oaths he owes to many different people and races like: the Elves, Varden, Dwarves, Orimis and Gladier. This book is the third in Inheritance cycle and I was satisfied that it hit the high standards I had expected. The other two books were also very good although the movie made based on Eragon, the first book in the series, was very disappointing. My favourite character was Gladier because he is wise but powerful and dangerous. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.          

By Johnathan B

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How to Train Your Dragon

by Cressida Cowell

(Suitable for younger or reluctant readers.)

“There were dragons when I was a boy,” says Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third. Considered USELESS by the rest of the boys who must prove themselves worthy to be a Viking Hero, this is the first in a series of stories that show how Hiccup became a Hero theHard Way.

Full of fabulous characters such as Gobber, and Fishlegs and Dogsbreath the Duhbrain and Toothless the dragon, this book has lots of cartoon style drawings and information to help you train your own dragon.

In the second volume of Hiccup’s memoirs you can learn How to be a Pirate.

 

Oath Breaker: Chronicles of Ancient Darkness book 5CHRONICLES OF ANCIENT DARKNESS – BOOK 5: OATHBREAKER  by Michelle Paver

Torak, the main character, sets out for revenge against Thiazzi. Thiazzi killed Torak’s pack brother and escaped. Torak tries to track down Thiazzi and kill him. In the end Torak kills him and saves the forest from getting ruled by Thiazzi.

My favourite character is Torak as he is very brave and funny. My least favourite character is Fin Keddin. He is Torak’s godfather but all he does is stir up trouble for him. My favourite part in the story was when Torak was looking for his pack sister in the burned woods as it was an interesting part and kept me reading and not wanting to put the book down.

I thought the ending was really good but it was very short and sweet.

One of my friends recommended the book to me and he said I would like it. I am pleased he did or I probably wouldn’t have read it.

This book would be good for 11-16 year olds.

I really enjoyed it and I would rate it 8/10.

By Craig T

Paver(The series begins with WOLF BROTHER by Michelle Paver.)

 

THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: PRINCE CASPIAN by C.S.Lewis

Prince Caspian ("Prince Caspian")Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia was written in 1949 and published in 1951. It is the second book written by C. S. Lewis, but is the fourth book to be read if you read the series in the recommended order.

Walden Media also made it into a film, making it a sequel to the film The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia seemed too long to the filmmakers, so they cut off the last bit and made it just Prince Caspian. It was released in cinemas in the UK on 26 June, 2008.

 I went to see the film with a friend after the summer holidays had begun and I enjoyed it. The only surprise I received was when I read the book around half of the way into the summer. I had read the other books in the recommended order, so I had already read The Magicians Nephew, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and The Horse and his Boy. To my surprise, Prince Caspian is described vastly different in the book to how he looks in the film. In the book version, Prince Caspian is a 13 year old heir to King Miraz of Narnia. However in the film he is played by a 22 year old character that has dark hair.

Ben Barnes was only cast as Caspian because the book says that Caspian is around Peter’s age and they had to find an actor that looked around the same age as William Moseley. Most of the actors in the film are older than they are meant to be in the book although that was expected as a large majority of the characters are children and they will grow up faster than the characters do due to the large amount of time in between the films as they are released.

C.S.Lewis wrote the books well and I really enjoyed reading them although some of the books were better than others. Prince Caspian was good even though the book was different from the film but I would read them all over again because of how good they are. If you ever consider reading them, do yourself a favour and read them in the right order. The way that the films are being made is the order they were made, not the order they’re meant to be read.

By Kirsten B

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