Castle Glower #3: Thursdays with the Crown by Jessica Day George

Rating: 3 out of 5.
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Castle Glower has been acting weird, so it’s no surprise when two towers transport Celie and her siblings to an unknown land. When they realize that no one from home is coming to get them, the kids – along with Celie’s pet griffin Rufus – set out through the forest to figure out where they are and what’s happened to their beloved Castle. Instead, they discover two wizards and an entire lost people, the oldest inhabitants of Castle Glower. And it seems they may know more of the Castle’s secrets than Celie. But do they know how to get her back home?

This bestselling series continues with the story of the origin of Castle Glower. Readers who’ve been enchanted by the Castle’s moving walls will be delighted by the Castle’s rich and magical history.

Synopsis from Goodreads.

Thursdays with the Crown is the next entertaining and exciting installment of The Castle Glower Series.

This book was pretty good. Overall it had a good storyline, entertaining dialogue and sequences, and enjoyable characters. I love how deeper the author is delving into the lore and history of the world she has created. The first book very well could have been a stand-alone book, yet she created it into a series. It is very interesting to learn more and more about the Castle Glower, the lineage of the royal family, and the neighboring lands. She writes it all very well and it creates a wonderful storyline to follow. This book, thus far, has held the most of this content, making it quite entertaining.

Although Jessica Day George is taking this series in a wonderful direction with the storyline of this book, I must confess that while her storyline gets better, her characters get worse. Celie, her siblings, and Pogue all seem to stay very 2-dimensional characters in the story. Celie, in all honestly, just gets more and more annoying with each book, while her siblings get more and more bland. However, there are three characters I must exclude from this. Lulath, Arkower, and another not-to-be-named character are individually great! Lulath is endlessly entertaining and is always saying or doing something unexpected in a completely expected way. He is such a glass-half-full person and has the personality of many. He is a great character. Also, Arkower and this other character have an extremely rare dynamic that is brilliant! I have not read ANY children’s book with TWO morally grey characters always fighting! It is truly a breath of fresh air.

Triggers: scary sequences and the descriptions of dead bodies in a tomb (not heavily explicit).

Overall, this is a fine clean, entertaining fantasy read for all ages that I recommend! Though it wasn’t my favorite in the series, it is needed and worth it to read to continue with the series.

Thanks for reading my review, folks! Have y’all read any books with 2 morally grey characters always at ends with each other? Let me know! God bless!


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