Book #1 - Five Kingdom Series by Brandon Mull
SUMMARY FROM SIMON & SCHUSTER: Cole Randolph was just trying to have a fun time with his friends on Halloween (and maybe get to know Jenna Hunt a little better). But when a spooky haunted house turns out to be a portal to something much creepier, Cole finds himself on an adventure on a whole different level.
After Cole sees his friends whisked away to some mysterious place underneath the haunted house, he dives in after them and ends up in The Outskirts.
The Outskirts are made up of five kingdoms that lie between wakefulness and dreaming, reality and imagination, life and death. Its an in-between place. Some people are born there. Some find their way there from our world, or from other worlds.
And once you come to the Outskirts, it's very hard to leave.
With the magic of the Outskirts starting to unravel, it's up to Cole and an unusual girl named Mira to rescue his friends, set things right in the Outskirts, and hopefully find his way back home before his existence is forgotten.
Brandon Mull does it again! I've enjoyed two exciting. action-packed series from Mr Mull's, The Beyonders Series and the Fablehaven Series, so was hoping this series continued with high action adventures. He did not disappoint in the new "Five Kingdom" series!
It was very easy to get caught up in the action when Cole and his friends are kidnapped to a different dimension. Cole is then thrust into a world where he has to decide what direction he needs to make that will be in the best interest for saving his friends. My one concern is that the original quest, find Cole's friends, was a long and drawn out process throughout the book which didn't actually get resolved at the end of book #1. I also found areas of the book where the extensive dialog slows down the momentum of the story. This could frustrate a young reading who is anxious to find out what happens. I listened to the novel as an audioCD so maybe the action will seem quicker for someone reading a print of eBook format.
All in all, The Five Kingdom's is a great choice for those looking for the next high action story, Percy Jackson or Beyonders book series.