An Author's Odyssey (The Land of Stories, #5)
In the highly anticipated continuation of the Land of Stories series, Conner learns that the only place to fight the Masked Man's literary army is inside his own short stories!When the twins and their friends enter worlds crafted from Conner's imagination, finding allies no one else could have ever dreamed of, the race begins to put an end to the Masked Man's reign of terror. Can the twins finally restore peace in the fairy tale world?

An Author's Odyssey (The Land of Stories, #5) Details

TitleAn Author's Odyssey (The Land of Stories, #5)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJul 12th, 2016
PublisherLittle, Brown Books for Young Readers
ISBN-139780316317788
Rating
GenreFantasy, Childrens, Middle Grade

An Author's Odyssey (The Land of Stories, #5) Review

  • Tabby
    January 1, 1970
    THE REVIEWWhy this book?I love this seriesWhat I thoughtOMG this was amazing !!! It was full of action, adventure,LMAO moments and new memorable characters. Along with the characters we all know and love. At first when I heard they were going into Connors stories I was disappointed but I was so wrong Connors stories were awesome. I just loved how Conner and Alex's mom and step dad and the fairytale characters had to babysit Connors characters. That whole situation was just hilarious. Oh and Trol THE REVIEWWhy this book?I love this seriesWhat I thoughtOMG this was amazing !!! It was full of action, adventure,LMAO moments and new memorable characters. Along with the characters we all know and love. At first when I heard they were going into Connors stories I was disappointed but I was so wrong Connors stories were awesome. I just loved how Conner and Alex's mom and step dad and the fairytale characters had to babysit Connors characters. That whole situation was just hilarious. Oh and Trollbellas Play = Priceless . I also loved seeing what was happening in the fairytale world even though most of the key players were gone. As for the cliffhanger OMG can't wait till the next book!!! Thankfully this wasn't the last book, because I wasn't ready to say goodbye.
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  • HP Fan
    January 1, 1970
    So I just finished this book. It was awesome except for the ending... Dun, dun, dun.Okay, so first of all: these books are amazing. I absolutely love the series and the way of writing is funny and imaginative. The plot is well thought and I am awed at what an incredible story this is.Second, the characters seem to come to life in front of you and I can totally relate to some of them. Watching Alex and Connor grow up and growing up with them is a great gift. You won't want to put this series down So I just finished this book. It was awesome except for the ending... Dun, dun, dun.Okay, so first of all: these books are amazing. I absolutely love the series and the way of writing is funny and imaginative. The plot is well thought and I am awed at what an incredible story this is.Second, the characters seem to come to life in front of you and I can totally relate to some of them. Watching Alex and Connor grow up and growing up with them is a great gift. You won't want to put this series down. Like, ever.The cliffhangers left me basically crying but it's worth it. To everyone: READ THIS SERIES!! It is so creative and witty and just on my scale of zero to rainbow unicorns it is definitely a rainbow unicorn.
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  • Remy Tallulah
    January 1, 1970
    I can't wait for this book to come out! The cliffhangers at the end of the books are so terrible everyone. Hass to wait a whole year for the next book! This is one of my favorite series ever!
  • Chelsea
    January 1, 1970
    I wouldn’t trust my rating for this book. I’m honestly not sure if this series has actually decreased in quality, or I have just outgrown them, all I know is that I didn’t enjoy this one like I enjoyed the rest of the books.To be fair, I was having a lot of trouble remembering what happened in the previous book. I really just can’t wait a year in between books; I forget everything!I remember really enjoying the first three books. They were funny, had a great premise, and felt magical. I just did I wouldn’t trust my rating for this book. I’m honestly not sure if this series has actually decreased in quality, or I have just outgrown them, all I know is that I didn’t enjoy this one like I enjoyed the rest of the books.To be fair, I was having a lot of trouble remembering what happened in the previous book. I really just can’t wait a year in between books; I forget everything!I remember really enjoying the first three books. They were funny, had a great premise, and felt magical. I just didn’t feel that way with the last two, especially this one. Maybe it is because I’m getting older and have outgrown books with such a young and silly tone, but I could pinpoint a lot of issues, so I do think that this one was the weakest one.This one mostly follows Conner and Alex as they venture into Conner’s stories in order to recruit his characters to help them in fairytale world.I’m pretty sure it’s every writer’s dream to go hang out in the world they created with their characters, but this plot felt like complete filler. It felt so dragged out, and I honestly didn’t care about Conner’s characters. We already had an established cast of characters from the first four books, we didn’t need a bunch of new ones.That’s one of the big problems with this one; too many characters. Omg, there are SO many! Like why do we need to see from the point of view of the Book Huggers? What even is that random plotline? I like seeing a lot of perspectives, but when you have that many characters it becomes hard to be invested in any of them.This book is also ridiculously long. There are some books that can be over 400 pages and that’s the right length, but this isn’t one of them. So much of this book is made up of unnecessary filler and set up, which made me have an overall tedious reading experience where I was just waiting for it to be done.There are interesting bits, like back in fairytale world. It was hard for me to care though, because the The Masked Man is a cartoonishly evil and one dimensional villain.Pretty sure I’ve pointed this out in my review for each book in the series but THE ITALICIZING! Omg, I have never, in all the books I have ever read, seen someone so obsessed with the italics button. Like, it’s becoming harder and harder for me to deal with. It’s just bad writing.I’m assuming (and hoping) that the next book is the last. I will be reading it, because I like the main characters and have already spent my time reading five books in this series, but I don’t think I would recommend them at this point.
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  • Fafa's Book Corner
    January 1, 1970
    DNF Mini review:I have thoroughly enjoyed the previous books in this series. So of course I was looking forward to reading this book. Unfortunately this series is no longer for me. For the longest time I assumed that this would be the last book. When I heard it wasn't I had put off reading it for as long as I could. Eventually I picked it up and didn't like it. The plot was really boring. The writing style was off and really cheesy. And honestly I am so done with Alex and the constant abuse that DNF Mini review:I have thoroughly enjoyed the previous books in this series. So of course I was looking forward to reading this book. Unfortunately this series is no longer for me. For the longest time I assumed that this would be the last book. When I heard it wasn't I had put off reading it for as long as I could. Eventually I picked it up and didn't like it. The plot was really boring. The writing style was off and really cheesy. And honestly I am so done with Alex and the constant abuse that Red (who is my favorite character) gets from the other characters. This book really could've been cut out. It's seriously dragging at this point. All in all this series is no longer for me. I do not recommend it.
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  • Adriana
    January 1, 1970
    WHAT? EEEEEEEEE!!! There is a 5th Book!? Please make a title and a cover fast, Chris Colfer! I cannot wait but, it is not going to come out until next year! NOOOOOOO!!!!!!I have GOT to tell my fellow book geek,TLOS geek, and friend Sydney. She would be overjoyed
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  • Fantastical Geek (Atarashii Sekai)
    January 1, 1970
    Best disappointment of my life. The most I can say without getting really mad, is that this book is trash, and Colfer clearly hasn't read much written by twelve year old children. He says that Conner's writing is amazing through other characters. It isn't. Conner simply writes the average trash of a twelve year old like I was at time. Still, my twelve year old friends clearly had better ideas.
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  • Allen Central
    January 1, 1970
    First thing's first: WHY DID IT HAVE TO BE A CLIFFHANGER?! However, besides that, I thought this book really pulled me in. I didn't need a portal potion to feel like I was experiencing these adventures. This book teaches the symbolism hidden within an author's story and what makes it so important. It was also funny and comical, especially with one of Conner's typos (rosary chicken instead of rotisserie chicken).
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  • William Gowling
    January 1, 1970
    LOVED IT! Fave of the series! In depth review soon!Edit- why do my feelings keep changing about books? The more I think about it the more I'm starting to realise how much the quality dropped from book 4 to 5 to 6. Purely for the writing, I've had to drop thus to a four star. I liked it a lot, bit o recognise these books recently haven't been very well written...
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  • Vernetta
    January 1, 1970
    This is such a good book!But why?!?!Why?!?!Why does Alex have to turn evil. But I am positive she will turn good again. Right?!I don't really like the very end though. Now the "other world" knows about magic, what is going to happen?!?!I really wish this was the last book, just so I can be satisfied with the ending. Hopefully. But I also am really happy there is is going to be a sixth book. But I also want this to be the last book so I won't die waiting for the next book I come out.But sadly and This is such a good book!But why?!?!Why?!?!Why does Alex have to turn evil. But I am positive she will turn good again. Right?!I don't really like the very end though. Now the "other world" knows about magic, what is going to happen?!?!I really wish this was the last book, just so I can be satisfied with the ending. Hopefully. But I also am really happy there is is going to be a sixth book. But I also want this to be the last book so I won't die waiting for the next book I come out.But sadly and happily, things can't change. I guess we all have to die waiting for the next book to come out. :D
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  • Olivia
    January 1, 1970
    Omigod, omigod, omigod! Loooved loved looooooved it!!!!!I thought this would be the last book in the series but I guess I was wrong :) (Not complaining in any way.)I am just so in love with the characters and the world(just wished it would be more about the old characters than Conner's new ones).TROLLBELLA'S SHOW OH MY FUCKING GOD! BEST PART OF THE WHOLE BOOK! And as usual, all my love to my Queen Red! Can't waaaait for the next book!!! (Yes, my terrible review is partly caused of lack of sleep)
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  • Wassim Malek
    January 1, 1970
    Book five no way I need to read it. By the way your book 2 is my favorite.
  • Tryg
    January 1, 1970
    This book is really amazing and full of adventure and intense storytelling by Chris Colfer. It is a book that keeps you reading it until the end like it did to me. Everyone will want to read it. READ THIS BOOK and series which is also entirely amazing.
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  • Kerri Duff
    January 1, 1970
    I'm really enjoying this series. This was a very good installment, I love all the characters and am eager to see how it all wraps up in the final book.
  • Nate
    January 1, 1970
    Review below is mostly accurate. I just wish that Mr. Colfer provided a reason for Alex and Conner to be unable to simply write "There was an army that could defeat the Literary Army that waited for Alex and Conner to command them" and then take this army to Land of Stories. I understand that actually doing that would obviously make for a short book, but I just wish there was an explanation against it. ******************************Read this in one sitting and was at the edge of my seat the whol Review below is mostly accurate. I just wish that Mr. Colfer provided a reason for Alex and Conner to be unable to simply write "There was an army that could defeat the Literary Army that waited for Alex and Conner to command them" and then take this army to Land of Stories. I understand that actually doing that would obviously make for a short book, but I just wish there was an explanation against it. ******************************Read this in one sitting and was at the edge of my seat the whole time. Thank god the Masked Man is gone. He was getting annoying and the witches and literary villains are a much more menacing antagonist. He had a very fitting ending.All the plotlines, Grimm, Himmelsbach, Witches, Twins, are converging. I think that the last chapter with the President could have been done better. The plan with the dust draws from an old fairy tale not well-known. so kudos to Chris for using it. Charlotte had some great scenes in the book that showed her as a character not just their absentee mother. Next book is going to have lots of sudden meetings allowing all the groups to work together because that army is now going to have to fight witches, not the masked man's army though they will also have to do that to free the fairy tale world. I hope that it doesn't lead to a double world thing where regular people travel back and forth and the worlds are symbiotically together. Read for Booktubeathon challenge to read a book by a favorite author
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  • Tarmia
    January 1, 1970
    This is the second to last installment in The Land of Stories series and was a welcomed installment at that. Colfer has a great ability to continue to create original and fun adventures even while using the recycled idea of fairy tale characters. The added enjoyment of the main boy, Connor's, original characters from his own stories is really well done and Colfer is able to blend classic and new characters together without creating an awkward divide. He uses it to its best comic ability. This wo This is the second to last installment in The Land of Stories series and was a welcomed installment at that. Colfer has a great ability to continue to create original and fun adventures even while using the recycled idea of fairy tale characters. The added enjoyment of the main boy, Connor's, original characters from his own stories is really well done and Colfer is able to blend classic and new characters together without creating an awkward divide. He uses it to its best comic ability. This works very well. I am quite a big fan of middle-grade fiction, I like its freedom and imagination as well as how anything can happen. There seem to be far fewer rules for middle-grade fiction. I really look forward to the last book and definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a series to just enjoy and have fun with while reading.
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  • michelle
    January 1, 1970
    I absolutely loved the first two books in this series, unfortunately, I have liked the later books less and less. I was completely intrigued by this one as they go into Conner's stories, but it didn't do much for me. What was so spectacular about the first two books was looking at the fairy tale world in a completely different light. The books have lost that magic. There are still moments of brilliance and insight, but over-all, it didn't wow me. I'm mailing this out to my daughter at sleep-away I absolutely loved the first two books in this series, unfortunately, I have liked the later books less and less. I was completely intrigued by this one as they go into Conner's stories, but it didn't do much for me. What was so spectacular about the first two books was looking at the fairy tale world in a completely different light. The books have lost that magic. There are still moments of brilliance and insight, but over-all, it didn't wow me. I'm mailing this out to my daughter at sleep-away camp tomorrow and she will probably completely disagree with me.
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  • Anna - Boktycke
    January 1, 1970
    Oh, this one is just delightful! Just what I needed to recover from my reading slump. I thought this was the last book but there's going to be at least one more book so yay!Review in Swedish at Boktycke.
  • Samantha
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 Not enough of the fairy tale world, Mother Goose or Red, and Connor's stories didn't interest me all that much. I can't wait until the next book when they get back to the fairy tale world, and the battle happens.
  • Emmy
    January 1, 1970
    I love this book. This book shows what Conner feels and what Alex feels. his book has a lot of adventure and mystery.
  • LunaLovegood
    January 1, 1970
    I loved how the classical fairy tale characters turn into real people in the book, but the cliff hanger is horrible! I must know what happens to Alex!!!
  • Gina
    January 1, 1970
    I almost skipped this one because I was bored with the last 2 but I'm glad I didn't. It was nice being in Connors stories
  • △⃒⃘Qamar Al Oqaily ⚯͛
    January 1, 1970
    4.5/5 stars !OmG OmG ! I cant believe that ending wtf?? :||
  • Al Anoud
    January 1, 1970
    This series just keeps getting better.
  • Meg McGregor
    January 1, 1970
    I think it is only fitting that the last book I read and review in 2017 is this fantastic book about stories!This is such a wonderful series and I will really be sad when I have finished it, after I read the next book, the conclusion of the saga!A quote that sums up this series to me, is as follows!"With that said, I have a favor to ask of anyone reading this: Become a storyteller! Read to others the fairy tales in this book. Read them stories from another book. If you can, create your own stori I think it is only fitting that the last book I read and review in 2017 is this fantastic book about stories!This is such a wonderful series and I will really be sad when I have finished it, after I read the next book, the conclusion of the saga!A quote that sums up this series to me, is as follows!"With that said, I have a favor to ask of anyone reading this: Become a storyteller! Read to others the fairy tales in this book. Read them stories from another book. If you can, create your own stories to share. When you pass along the art of storytelling to your family and friends, you make the world a better place."Children are not being read these stories right now. They are instead introduced to video games and violence at the age they should be exploring witches and high towers, giants and Thumbelina, Fairy Godmothers and pumpkins. Magic has indeed lost its way in our world but I believe that we can still get it back!Thanks Mr. Colfer for writing this series! It is a remarkable achievement.I have written a children's book about the special relationship between a raggedy old bear named Sad Eyes and my daughter when she was three years old. I have thought about submitting it but am just too afraid. Maybe one day I will find the courage I need to let my story out into the world.
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  • Thibaut Nicodème
    January 1, 1970
    So…the usual first: I still really like Chris Colfer's writing. Well, specifically I like things about his writing that make the rest palatable. Yeah, his turns of phrase could use improvement (and especially variety), but the story behind it is pretty good and I am 100% in love with him his sense of humor.This book builds up on the previous one's story (and (view spoiler)[ending once more on a cliffhanger, which…I'm not sure how I feel about, to be entirely honest (hide spoiler)]). Instead of c So…the usual first: I still really like Chris Colfer's writing. Well, specifically I like things about his writing that make the rest palatable. Yeah, his turns of phrase could use improvement (and especially variety), but the story behind it is pretty good and I am 100% in love with him his sense of humor.This book builds up on the previous one's story (and (view spoiler)[ending once more on a cliffhanger, which…I'm not sure how I feel about, to be entirely honest (hide spoiler)]). Instead of classic literary worlds, we visit…"original" ones by Conner Bailey. Which are basically AU fanfic of his friends and/or himself.Yeah, this is where we get into "why I give this book 4 stars instead of 5". Well, the main reason why. See, this book seems to imply "write what you know" is literally the only way to write. Which I hate. Hell, I'm not even comfortable with the idea that every story an author writes has to be inherently personal. I could probably write a whole essay on the matter, because I have very strong feelings, but this is not the time nor the place.Then it kind of flip-flops on the author's relationship with his characters, going so far as to imply writers' imagination are merely a gateway into another world and Conner didn't create his characters, but the first story we see is influenced by typos Conner wrote, which implies he did in fact influence them? It's all very confused as a result.That part gets even worse in the climax, where…(view spoiler)[Bree's story is brought to life and includes an undead Bo Peep, who apparently has all the memories of the real Bo Peep. Does that mean all these worlds are connected somehow? Is this Bo Peep just a clone, so to speak? (hide spoiler)] Oh, speaking of the climax, (view spoiler)[the Masked Man (hide spoiler)] dying feel a bit like a weird copout, considering how (view spoiler)[he (hide spoiler)] was set up as the biggest threat around.The other reason I took a star off? The…weird race shit. I know the stories are meant to be the work of a pre-teen/young teenager, but when the one character who's established as a black man is also the scaryevil pirate, it…raises concerns. And then we have the frankly insulting treatment of India and Egypt later on (and by the way, they fly from one to the other overnight when the information I get online tells me a blimp would take 4-5 days to make the trip), which is just…I get that Conner is probably ignorant of all that stuff, but did you have to base one of the four main set pieces in your book around that ignorance?(Also, a pharaoh would totally be buried with a mummified cat, not a dog. The cat person in me is offended by that part)Anyway. The book's still really good, and you know I just love bitching. Besides, if you're interesting in reading a review for book 5 in a series, you're probably going to read it anyway, so it's not like my opinion on this will sway you one war or the other.
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  • Micah DeGraw
    January 1, 1970
    Connor has to find an army to fight the literary armies. So he goes into his own stories and gets the armies from the stories he wrote. He goes to Starbordia, a story of and all female pirate crew, The galaxy queen, a story about a cyborg queen that has a cyborg army and wants planets, The Ziblings, a story about four sibling with superpowers, and The Adventures of Blimp Boy, a story about a young archaeologist that wants to find a mummy army. Connor collects all of the armies he needs.How to ha Connor has to find an army to fight the literary armies. So he goes into his own stories and gets the armies from the stories he wrote. He goes to Starbordia, a story of and all female pirate crew, The galaxy queen, a story about a cyborg queen that has a cyborg army and wants planets, The Ziblings, a story about four sibling with superpowers, and The Adventures of Blimp Boy, a story about a young archaeologist that wants to find a mummy army. Connor collects all of the armies he needs.How to have an imagination: First, write stories about what you love. Second, make a potion that can let you go into your stories and experience them. Then, use your stories to your advantage. Next you make friends in the stories you wrote. Finally, you take them back to your world and fight a literary army with another literary army.I liked this book, because it it shows that you can make incredible things if you want to. For example, Connor creates his stories how he wants them to sound and wants people to imagine them. He has been a help in my life. Because of this story, I have a better imagination.
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  • vic ( semi hiatus )
    January 1, 1970
    Review One: Judge a Book by Its Cover-> 5/5 starsLike the Land of Stories covers are AMAZING. I like how things are incorporated from each book into the cover, such as Auburn Sally, and the Pirate Ship. My only negativity about this style is that you can get a hint on what might happen.Review Two: Text Review-> starsThe plot of An Author’s Odyssey was relatively hooking and interesting with everything. Sometimes, it was boring, but most of the adventure scenes made up for it.MY CHARACTER Review One: Judge a Book by Its Cover-> 5/5 starsLike the Land of Stories covers are AMAZING. I like how things are incorporated from each book into the cover, such as Auburn Sally, and the Pirate Ship. My only negativity about this style is that you can get a hint on what might happen.Review Two: Text Review-> ⅘ starsThe plot of An Author’s Odyssey was relatively hooking and interesting with everything. Sometimes, it was boring, but most of the adventure scenes made up for it.MY CHARACTER HIGHLIGHTS->Charlotte: I really like how Charlotte kind of adapted to the twins traveling and saving the world and whatnot. There was a lot of character development and realism in that she accepted the traveling and dangers, but being a mom, wanted something normal for herself.The Book Huggers: AHHH I really like them together as a group! Because despite their little school stuff, they still have something to do. Even though Alex and Connor are battling things, they still have people.Average Rating: 4.5/5 stars!reread on may 10
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  • Karen
    January 1, 1970
    I breezed thru the fifth entry in Colfer’s Land of Stories series and can’t wait for the next one. At the end of the last book, the Masked Man had taken over the Fairy Tale World with the help of literary villains Captain Hook, the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland, and the Wicked Witch of the West and their minions. Now 15 year-old twins Connor and Alex (a girl who just happens to be the new Fairy Godmother) must travel into Connor’s short stories to recruit their own army to liberate th I breezed thru the fifth entry in Colfer’s Land of Stories series and can’t wait for the next one. At the end of the last book, the Masked Man had taken over the Fairy Tale World with the help of literary villains Captain Hook, the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland, and the Wicked Witch of the West and their minions. Now 15 year-old twins Connor and Alex (a girl who just happens to be the new Fairy Godmother) must travel into Connor’s short stories to recruit their own army to liberate that world from the newly installed tyrants. It was great fun meeting the denizens of the short stories, who included pirates, cyborgs, child superheroes, and a kid archeologist. Old friends from past books (Jack of beanstalk fame, Goldilocks, Red Riding Hood) return as well. As in other series books, this will make little sense if one hasn’t read the others in sequence. In addition, there are getting to be so many characters that a refresher of the last couple books would be helpful before delving into this adventure.
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  • Alba
    January 1, 1970
    Chris Colfer lo ha vuelto a conseguir, me ha vuelto a cautivar completamente. Sinceramente leyendo sus libros no puedo ser objetiva porque todo lo que haga este hombre me parece maravilloso. Pero el mundo que ha creado y desarrollado en esta saga es algo que cada libro me hace adorar más y más. Y al igual que en los anteriores este no podía haber sido menos. Principalmente me ha encantado que por primera vez nos solo conocemos a los personajes de los cuentos clásicos, sino que esta vez nos prese Chris Colfer lo ha vuelto a conseguir, me ha vuelto a cautivar completamente. Sinceramente leyendo sus libros no puedo ser objetiva porque todo lo que haga este hombre me parece maravilloso. Pero el mundo que ha creado y desarrollado en esta saga es algo que cada libro me hace adorar más y más. Y al igual que en los anteriores este no podía haber sido menos. Principalmente me ha encantado que por primera vez nos solo conocemos a los personajes de los cuentos clásicos, sino que esta vez nos presenta los personajes creados por Conner, por lo que so historias totalmente nuevas y al no saber nada de ellas hace que cobres mucho interés en ver que ha creado su mente esta vez. Y bueno ese final, no sé como voy a aguantar hasta el siguiente libro porque el cliffhanger es bien grande. Tampoco quiero decir más porque desvelaría mucho del libro, pero por favor, que nadie se deje llevar porque sean historias para niños, cualquier edad es buena para disfrutar del maravilloso mundo que Colfer ha creado. Sin lugar a dudas los disfrutaréis como nunca un libro infantil os ha hecho sentir.
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