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Book: The Heir of Mistmantle: Book Three of The Mistmantle Chronicles
Author: M. I. McAllister
Illustrator: Omar Rayyan
Publisher: Miramax/Hyperion Books for Children, 2007
Language level: 1 (nothing objectionable)
Reading level: Ages 8-12
Reviewed by Jeremy Walker, age 12
Rating: 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
McAllister, M. I. The Heir of Mistmantle: Book Three of The Mistmantle Chronicles (published in 2007 by Miramax/Hyperion Books for Children). The "Mistmantle Chronicles" are enjoyble and filled with action, suspense, and adventure. In Book 1, Urchin of the Riding Stars, we are introduced to Urchin, an orphaned squirrel who saves Mistmantle from the evil Captain Husk who tried to take over from good King Brushen. In Book 2, Urchin and the Heartstone, Urchin is kidnapped and taken to the island of Whitewings where he helps to overthrow the evil King Silverbirch and his sorcerer Smokewreath. In Book 3, The Heir of Mistmantle, it is a peaceful summer on the island of Mistmantle, and the animals are busy bringing in the harvest, when the Princess Catkin is kidnapped by Mistress Linty, a nurse who has a mental disorder, and a strange disease begins to spread. Rumors start floating that Lord Husk is still alive, and some animals blame Queen Cedar because she was a "foreigner."
Meanwhile, Urchin and one friend Needle are about to join the Circle of advisors to King Crispin, and another friend, Juniper, is to become a priest. Juniper is also an orphan and overhears a deep, dark secret that will change his life forever. Will Juniper finally learn who his parents were? Is Husk really alive and causing the disease and other troubles on the island? And will Urchin and his friends be able to solve the problems facing Mistmantle and be admitted to the Circle? You will need to read the book to find out. Sometimes it made me feel happy, and other times it made me feel sad. It is a wonderful story for all ages.