Title: The Chronicles of the Red King: The Secret Kingdom
Author: Jenny Nimmo
Having read the entire series of Charlie Bone and his adventures as he learns to understand his special powers and the powers of those who go to school with him, it was perfectly logical to want to read about his predecessor, the man from whom all endowed children of the series came from. I admit when I approached this book I was a little cautious considering I had only recently finished reading another book by Jenny Nimmo and was less than enthralled by it. Yet with this book, I was not disappointed.
After reading and enjoying the story of a small African boy named Timoken and his flying camel Gabar, I have concluded that Jenny’s earlier words are not as good as her later works. I’ve heard it said that an author’s first published work is quite possibly their best as they had to prove themselves to be published and once there the effort to do better is not much. Jenny Nimmo though is the opposite of this adage and her work has vastly improved over time. The characters are amusing and have depth and the story is just fun to follow as Timoken learns of the magic he had had since shortly after birth as he quests for several hundred years trying to find a home as he had lost his.
One of the best parts of the story was how well it tied in to the series that it was designed to precursor and when it came to a long span of time Jenny would recap and move on which was nice to keep the pace of the book going without rushing things too much that I felt lost. The progression of relationships and interactions made sense and flowed very well and I would have to say that I would happily recommend this book, particularly if you are a fan of the Charlie Bone series that was written before this book. Overall, I would give this book a 4 out of 5 page rating.