The Middle Book Advances the Story,
This review is from: Lucinda's Secret (Spiderwick Chronicle) (Hardcover)
This book in the series finds the Grace children dealing with the aftermath of the goblin attack. Thimbletack is mad at Jared and ruining anything he can. Mallory is convinced they need to give the guide to the next creature that asks for it so they will be safe. But Jared thinks that would be even more dangerous.
Then they reach a compromise. They'll go visit their great aunt Lucinda and see what she knows about the book. The story she tells might explain why she is in an insane asylum, if the children didn't know better. Will her story check out? What should they do with the book?
The first part of the book falls into heavy exposition as it sets the stage for more action to come. But the pay off for that comes fairly quickly as the kids have another encounter in the second half. That part is certainly exciting. And the book leaves several plot threads open to be resolved in the fourth installment.
This serialization is highly addictive and entertaining. You'll want to make sure you have access to all 5 books before you begin. Read in order, they will provide an entertaining fantasy story.