Charlie Bone and the Red Knight

Charlie Bone and the Red Knight

Book - 2009
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Charlie and the Children of the Red King must call upon all of their strength to defeat the darkness and finally learn the fate of Charlie's family, the evil intentions of the Bloors, what has become of Septimus Bloor's will, and the destiny of the Red King's heirs.
Publisher: London : Egmont, 2009.
ISBN: 9781405249607
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Characteristics: 420 p. :,ill. ;,20 cm.

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DBRL_KrisA Mar 15, 2018

The last book in an eight-book series, so it's gonna be exciting, right? Page after page of action, plot twists and witty dialog? Yeah, not so much.

Anyone who's been following my journey through this series knows that I've been mostly unimpressed. The dialog has been stilted, the action hasn't really been there, and none of the plot has seemed to be leading anywhere. Yes, the bad guys have been (kinda sorta) working towards bringing Harken, the evil sorcerer, back - but for what reason? To get rid of the good endowed children? They could have done that themselves. Money? Power? They never really say, and are actually surprised when Harken says he plans on taking the city back into the past with him.

The main character, Charlie Bone, should be the hero of the story, but he rarely does anything heroic; he often ends up needing to be saved - usually by Tancred or Lysander. And those two (and so many of the endowed) alternate between being super powerful and completely ineffective.

Comments specifically about this eighth book:

The Bloors have been looking all over for the box that has the secret will, the box that Billy Raven's father entrusted to Charlie's father. They even ransack Charlie's family home. But when Lyell Bone finally reveals its hiding place, it's one of the first places they should have looked. (That's another complaint about the series: the Bloors are some of the stupidest, most ineffective villains I've ever seen.)

The hidden will, we've been told, will prove that Billy Raven is the true heir to the Bloor fortune. Billy, an orphan who has had a terrible life, will finally have something good happen. Except when the will is found, we discover that the true heir is not deserving Billy, but someone else. (I'd say who, but don't want to spoil the ending.)

I have numerous other issues with the series, and with this last book, but I'll just say this - the story had a lot of potential, possibly even the potential to be as good as the series it's constantly compared to, but it is far from being another Harry Potter.

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hjwbc
May 29, 2017

I've read the castle of mirrors in 2 days, and the hidden king in 3 and a half days, and the wilderness wolf in 4 days, and I'm so excited to finish the shadow of badlock to read Charlie bone and the red knight!!

JY63245N Nov 12, 2013

its the best book ever next to harry potter

a22306001607469 Jul 01, 2013

Best book ever (next to harry potter) It is a great read.

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ash7did
Aug 17, 2012

Charlie Bone and the Red Knight, the last book of the series Children of the Red King, is a book full of surprises and suspense, that I didn't really expect!! I could never put it down, I just wanted to read and hoped the series would never end. I would recommend this book for people who are interested in the fantasy & science fiction genre. This is a book I know you will enjoy! :)

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shirleyfung
Sep 09, 2011

nice book

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sethamgal
Aug 21, 2011

Love this series a great read for young teens reminds me a bit of Harry potter & Percy Jackson they are great books these kids have wicked powers and abilities

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Red101
Jul 25, 2011

why the heck would someone go and LOSE this book?! seriously, please library ppl, get another copy! please!!

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anisatk
Jul 08, 2011

BEST BOOK OF THE SERIES!!!!

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StellaEllaOlla
Dec 04, 2009

can't wait to read this book!!

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