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N.D. Wilson. The Chestnut King (The 100 Cupboards, Book III)
Random House $22.99 ISBN 978-0-375-83885-9 484 pg.
Reviewed By An-Mei, Age 12

“The King,” Henry said. “I need to see the King. And Nudd needs to see me.”

“Do not speak his name.” Jacques said. He waved a hand at the chestnuts, and Henry blinked as they snuffed out.

“Leave the light,” he said, swallowing down a faint taste of panic. ”I prefer the light.”

“You fear the darkness?” Jacques laughed. ”Your grandfather’s line has truly failed. From the great Amram to Mordecai to you, a weed at the foot of a mighty tree.”

When Henry’s scar left from the witch's blood begins to sprout gray strings, like those of the witch’s puppets, Mordecai tells him he will die unless the witch dies first. But Nimiane is from the line of Nimroth undying. Henry’s father and uncle go in search of a way to kill Nimiane. When the Imperial soldiers burn down their family house in Hylfing, Henry, Henrietta and Grandmother Anastasia escape through the cupboard back to Henrietta’s old house, but most of the family is caught by the soldiers. Henry, Henrietta and Zeke go to find Mordecai, and to aid him in trying to destroy the witch.

I thought this book was a fantastic way to end Henry’s adventure. You really get to know about the characters and their lives. The best character change is Henry’s adoptive mom. She does become more thoughtful near the end of the book. I was sad when the book ended because it was such a good series, and it was over. This entire series mingled reality with an imaginary world, so it was normal enough to be able to relate with. The Chestnut King is the last book in the 100 Cupboards trilogy (100 Cupboards and Dandelion Fire). It is perfect for anyone between the ages of 10 and 15.

I give The Chestnut King five stars.

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