By Heimdall Thunderhammer
216 pages – ages 8+
Published by Eagershelm Publishing on August 26, 2013
The adventure started in book 1, MageFable, continues! Durbin, the mouse protector, Clove, the mouse mage, Morro, the slinging hedgehog, Reverie, the songbird whose singing has great effects, and Bailey, the squirrel warrior, are back in their quest to bring Clove to all of the Elementals so she can become a geomancer. They go to find a temple for one of the Elementals at Talonridge. There is a problem though – Talonridge is ruled by tyrannic hawks. The friends pledge to help the enslaved critters while defeating all of the hawks and getting Clove her magic power. But, sadly, the heroic critters are greatly outnumbered!
I loved the first book in this series (MageFable – see my review HERE) because it reminded me of Redwall by Brian Jacques, but I also thought the book was unique in its own way. Talonridge didn’t disappoint me! This book has a great plot that kept my interest. The action and adventure is great for any age. I love how all of the fighting isn’t gory or graphic, or too detailed. That makes it better for younger kids. Durbin is a nice character who you come to know pretty well. Clove is an awesome character and you get to care a lot about her. The black and white illustrations are done well and are a great addition to the story. They have a cartoon-y feel to them and I like to see what the characters look like. I think Mr. Thunderhammer is a great author who writes this story well. I can’t wait for Book 3!
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