Labyrinth of Fire
Series: Island of Fog #2 (see #1)
Written by Keith Robinson
Narrated by Fred Wolinsky
Time: 9 hours and 54 minutes – ages 9+ (audiobook reviewed)
Book Published by Unearthly Tales on November 13, 2009
Synopsis from the Publisher- “Hal Franklin and his friends have made it safely into Miss Simone’s world. As shapeshifters, some of them are looking forward to meeting their alternate kind. But others dread the prospect.
Dewey, for instance, quickly feels the pressure of being a centaur. Meanwhile Lauren and Hal are quaking in their shoes. The village in the north is under constant attack from harpies and dragons, and these vicious creatures must somehow be reasoned with and persuaded not to plunder and steal and, most importantly, not to eat humans! The trouble is neither harpies nor dragons are interested in negotiating.
Hal and his friends join forces to deal with these serious issues. They end up in the heart of dragon country, down in the Labyrinth of Fire, beneath an oozing volcano. Somehow they must make the dragons see the error of their ways. Their quest forces them to question the extent of their shapeshifting abilities, and this leads to a shocking discovery that is likely to start a war.“
What I Thought- I really like this sequel to Island of Fog. It has the same feeling of the first book, with a realistic fantasy. Mr. Robinson has written a good story that brings the characters that we met in book one more into our thoughts – we learn more about their past, and meet new characters as well. There are good tense moments that keep you on the edge of your seat. The book is a fun story with a good plot. Mr. Wolinsky has a pleasant narrating voice that makes the story come to life. You could actually imagine yourself there with all of the characters. At first, Mr. Wolinsky’s voice sounds a little funny when doing female voices, but as the story goes on, it blends seamlessly into the story. The range of characters Wolinsky can pull off is pretty amazing. I do prefer reading the written word but am finding that with good narration, the audiobooks seem to add a dimension to the characters. I really liked this book, and can’t wait to hear book 3!
I give this audiobook five out of five bookworms!