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The Wrath of Mulgarath: 5 (Spiderwick Chronicle) Hardcover – 20 Sep 2004

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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Age Range: 7 - 11 years
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd; Reprint edition (20 Sept. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689859406
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689859403
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 1.8 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
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"The books wallow in their dusty Olde Worlde charm: Faeries! Dumbwaiters! Attics! But then, reading has an old-fashioned charm too."

-- "Time" magazine

"Appealing characters, well-measured suspense and an inviting package will lure readers...Youngsters may well find themselves glancing over their shoulders."

-- "Publishers Weekly, " starred review

"With their evocative gothic-style pencil drawings and color illustrations, rhyming riddles, supernatural lore, and well-drawn characters, these books read like old-fashioned ripping yarns."

-- "New York Times Book Review"

About the Author

Holly Black is the author of bestselling contemporary fantasy books for kids and teens. Some of her titles include The Spiderwick Chronicles (with Tony DiTerlizzi), The Modern Faerie Tale series, the Curse Workers series, Doll Bones, and The Coldest Girl in Coldtown. She has been a finalist for the Mythopoeic Award, a finalist for an Eisner Award, and the recipient of both an Andre Norton Award and a Newbery Honor. She lives in New England with her husband and son in a house with a secret door. Visit her at BlackHolly.com.

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Format: Hardcover
The fifth (possibly the last) in the Spiderwick series. Mallory and her twin brothers return home to find their mother missing and the house wrecked. Their only hope is to find Mulgarath the troll king and defeat him - but this seems impossible.
Once again, this delightful little book is full of fabulously detailed illustrations - and is divided up into 7 chapters (a week's worth of bedtime reading) plus an epilogue to tie up all the loose ends (including a strange encounter with the children's father, Mr Grace, and a reunion of Arthur & Lucy Spiderwick). It's a well-paced exciting story; a return to form after the ever so slightly disappointing part four.
If you've read the others - then this is a must-read! If you haven't read the others, then I recommend starting with book one, 'The Field Guide.' The Spiderwick series is aimed at younger readers, possibly aged between 7 and 10, and chronicles the story of the Grace family and their misadventures with the Faerie inhabitants they discover in their new home.
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By E. A. Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 22 Feb. 2014
Format: Hardcover
The Grace children have clashed with goblins, elves and dwarves, but this is when they finally clash with the cruel ogre Mulgarath. "The Wrath of Mulgarath" tidily wraps up this little series with the right combination of action, magic and bittersweetness -- and, of course, battling the evil ogre.

Simon, Jared and Mallory return home... only to find that their home has been trashed and their mother kidnapped. Even worse, Mulgarath now has dragons working for him. Desperate to figure out how to defeat the ogre, they rush to the elves and ask to speak to Arthur Spiderwick, but they must pay a price for the privilege.

So the three children (plus Hogsqueal and Thimbletack) set out toward Mulgarath's stronghold, the Palace of Trash. But even if they are able to defeat the goblins, the fire salamanders and the dragon and somehow fight their way in, they have little idea of the trap that has been set for them...

"The Wrath of Mulgarath" is a pretty solid ending to this little fantasy series -- no big dramatic changes, just the Grace kids struggling to return things to the status quo. All the story arcs are neatly wrapped up, in a way that satisfies but also leaves you wishing there were a little bit more.

Holly Black's vivid writing is as lovely as ever, even when she's describing unsavory stuff like a cow suckling fire salamanders, or the palace (the roof is "black with tar and covered in overlapping layers of glass and tin that looked like fish scales"). Perhaps the only scene that's a problem is the rather anticlimactic way Mulgarath is dealt with, but the scene that follows -- a bittersweet moment involving Arthur Spiderwick -- makes up for it.
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Format: Hardcover
In the fifth book in the Spiderwick Chronicles series, The Grace children -- Mallory and her younger twin brothers, Jared and Simon -- have to rescue their mother, who has been captured by the evil Mulgarath. With the help of elves, the sneaky hobgoblin Hogsqueal, and, of course, their Uncle Arthur's guide book to the faerie world, the three kids set out to defeat Mulgarath once and for all. Will they succeed in stopping Mulgarath and save their mother before it's too late? Readers who enjoyed the first four Spiderwick Chronicles books won't want to miss the conclusion to this entertaining and unique fantasy series. I highly recommend this entire series to all readers who enjoy an enchanting fantasy.
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The fifth (possibly the last) in the Spiderwick series. Mallory and her twin brothers return home to find their mother missing and the house wrecked. Their only hope is to find Mulgarath the troll king and defeat him - but this seems impossible.
Once again, this delightful little book is full fabulously detailed illustrations - and is divided up into 7 chapters (a week's worth of bedtime reading) plus an epilogue to tie up all the loose ends (including the children's father, Mr Grace, and a reunion of Arthur & Lucy Spiderwick). It's a well-paced exciting story; a return to form after the ever so slightly disappointing part four.
If you've read the others - then this is a must-read! If you haven't read the others, then I recommend starting with book one, 'The Field Guide.' The Spiderwick series is aimed at younger readers, possibly aged between 7 and 10, and chronicles the story of the Grace family and their misadventures with the Faerie inhabitants they discover in their new home.
Five Stars *****
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As with the previous instalments, this book is simply beautiful. It is presented so nicely and contains gorgeous illustrations and so looks great as part of any fantasy collection, for adults or children.

I thought that this was a really nice conclusion to the series. The novel was certainly action-packed, bringing all of the characters together to fight off a frightening foe. It ties together all of the loose threads very neatly, leaving the series feeling complete and very well balanced.

My only real gripe was the the wrap up chapter was very fleeting. I won't spoil it for you here but it was a little sudden and I really wish that the authors had taken more care with what could have otherwise been an incredibly moving scene (though I appreciate that this is a short book aimed at younger readers).

I liked the final development for the children, particularly Jared who's character growth is really fantastic when you look back over the series as a whole. It's nice that even their mother gets involved a little in this story as she was the one character who always seemed to feel a little left out in the earlier books. It was also a pleasure to see Thimbletack and Hogsqueal back in action - I've really missed these two over the last couple of books!

All in all, I'm glad I read this series. Although some were better than others, the books are rather magical and very enjoyable on the whole.
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