Top critical review
Still lots of fun
on 30 June 2015
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.
While I am still really enjoying this series, I did think that this was the weakest story so far. It started well but just seemed to peter out towards the end, concluding in a very abrupt and somewhat dull climax. Yet it did start to broaden the story, revealing a little more about Arthur and Lucinda Spiderwick and introduce the key fey who are intent on taking the book.
I also like the fact that the authors are starting to use some more unusual fey. The books to date have introduced Goblins, Brownies, Griffins and Trolls - all of which are heavily used in fantasy fiction. The use of a phouka in this one was rather cool. He was an entertaining character and a bit more unusual than the others that have appeared so far. I hope we see him again.
The kids are still the highlight of the book - still showing their individuality but starting to come together in their desire to use the book to help Arthur. I'm really looking forward to what comes next as I'm dying to know how this series is going to conclude.