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Tony DiTerlizzi & Holly Black – The Wrath of Mulgarath

April 12, 2008

50. The Wrath of Mulgarath by Tony DiTerlizzi & Holly Black (2004)
The Spiderwick Chronicles, Book 5

Length: 146 pages

Genre: Children’s; Fantasy

Started: 12 April 2008
Finished: 12 April 2008

Summary: When the Grace siblings return home after their adventure in the dwarves’ caves, they are expecting to be yelled at by their mother for being out all night. However, what they find is much worse – their house ransacked, the field guide missing, and their mother kidnapped by the evil ogre Mulgarath. It’s up to the three of them to save her and stop Mulgarath’s plan for world domination.

Review: I needn’t have worried – this book does an excellent job of bringing all of the various threads in the previous books to a satisfying conclusion while still providing a good adventure of the Graces’ battle against the big baddie. Is it the most complex or suspenseful or emotionally deep ending ever? No, of course not, but it flows well in the context of the rest of the series, and is satisfying (and moving) in its own right. This series isn’t destined to become a favorite, and I’m not left with a burning desire to seek out any of the accompanying books, but it was enjoyable two days’ worth of light reading. 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Recommendation: A satisfying end to a fun series. I’d recommend the whole thing to young-ish fantasy fans as well as to adults who need a light little break.

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First Line: The pale light of the newly risen sun made the dew shimmer on the nearby grass as Jared, Mallory, and Simon trudged along the early morning roads.

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