The Invisible Order, Book Two: The Fire King
Written by Paul Crilley
Rating: 4 stars
Category: Juvenile Fiction – Science Fiction, Fantasy, Magic; Juvenile Fiction – Action & Adventure
Reading level: Ages 9-12
Publication Date: September 27, 2011
Amazon Kindle Format: 3396 lines
Hardcover Format: 416 pages
Product description from the publisher:With humans threatened by otherworldly creatures, orphans Emily and William Snow, and their friends—the pickpocket Spring-Heeled Jack and the wisecracking Corrigan—find themselves two hundred years in the past, trapped in the London of 1666. Desperately in need of help, they go in search of Sir Christopher Wren, who was head of the Invisible Order, an organization dedicated to fighting this threat. But Wren’s never even heard of the Order and has no interest in their story.
Stranded, the four cannot agree on their next step. But they’ll have to decide quickly, because their enemies are on the move and the Fire King is ready to attack and burn London to the ground.
Set against the Great Fire of London, The Invisible Order, Book Two: The Fire King picks up right where Rise of the Darklings left off, weaving adventure, history, and legend into a thrilling, heart-stopping story.
Review: The Fire King is book two of the Invisible Order series by Paul Crilley. I received an advance review copy from the publisher through Netgalley.com. Although I have not yet read Book One of the Invisible Order, I found myself thoroughly immersed in the adventure and magic of The Fire King’s storyline. I particularly enjoyed the way in which Crilley tied the storyline to the historical Great Fire of London and the subtle parallels to the four horsemen mentioned in the book of Revelation. While not quite as in-depth as the fantasy adventures of Lewis and Tolkien, the magic, adventure and symbolism of The Fire King reminded me of these great children’s writers.
The Fire King is a great read for tweens (both boys and girls) who enjoy action, adventure, magic and fantasy. I look forward to reading more from this author.