Wednesday 11 November 2015

Book Review: The Secrets of The Wild Wood by Tonke Dragt

TitleThe Secrets of The Wild Wood
Author: Tonke Dragt
Published: 7th September 2015
Publisher: Puskin's Children's Books

The Secrets of The Wild Wood is the long awaited sequel to The Letter for the King by Tonke Dragt and I was so pleased to see the return of Tiuri, Piak and lots of other familiar faces. This story continues as to what happened in the aftermath of Tirui delivering the important letter to the King. One of his knights has gone missing after being sent on a mission to The Wild Wood, which is thought to be enchanted and very few people venture there. Now Tiuri with his new squire Piak are on their next mission to find the missing knight and go on an adventure even more perilous before.

As with the first book in this wonderful two part series, I really wish I had read this as a child as it just has everything you could possibly want from a children's book. There's action, adventure, knights, and the fight over evil, but of course it can be enjoyed as an adult as well.

This book seemed to read as bit older than the previous one and was a little more serious, but this didn't detract from my enjoyment of it, and made for better reading as an adult.

I do love this world that Tonke has created from her imagination, it was wonderful to escape into this world and her descriptions manage to make you picture it so clearly and feel as if you are right there amongst the action. The characters as well make the story all the more engaging with their camaraderie and true friendship for one another. You also never know which way the story is going to go and where Tiuri will end up this time.

Another brilliant sequel to The Letter for the King with more at stake and the battle for good versus evil.


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