Wednesday, June 25, 2014

by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black
June 2014

The second series of Spiderwick novels is comprised of three books, each a bit longer than those in the original series.

1. The Nixie's Song
2. A Giant Problem
3. The Wyrm King

The setting is Florida where we meet a new set of characters. Nick and Jules' father has remarried after being widowed.  Now Nick has to give up his room to his new stepsister, Laurie.
As if that wasn't bad enough, Laurie is a bit odd. She carries around a book called Arthur Spiderwick's Field Guide to the Fantastical World Around You.  She wanders around outside looking for fairies.  Nick considers her a nusience until he accidentally receives "the sight" and is able to see a nixie (kind of a water sprite) next to the pond in the neighborhood.

From here Nick and Laurie begin an adventure that involves nixies, mermaids, giants and a hideous creature called a wyrm king.  The Spiderwick children show up at one point as does a new character named Jack "No see um".

The danger and adventure in this book is more thrilling than in the first series. That's not to say that the first series wasn't thrilling, but when the threat is the total destruction of Florida the danger is more pressing.

The end of the series left me wishing for more.  There is no clue at the end of the book that there will be more, but you never know.

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