Wednesdays in the Tower/Thursdays with the Crown

The sequels to the adorable Tuesdays at the Castle. | A book review by Newbery and Beyond

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These two books follow the further adventures of Celie, Rolf, Lilah, and their friend Pogue, along with the Grathian prince Lulath, as they discover more secrets about Castle Glower, the magical castle that can add or subtract rooms and even interact with its occupants, as seen in Tuesdays at the Castle.  (Spoilers abound, as it’s difficult to explain the plots of these books without referring to events in earlier books.)

In Wednesdays, Castle Glower keeps adding rooms and doesn’t take any away, and when the holiday feasting room appears out of season, Celie knows something is really wrong.  Plus, she finds an egg in a brand-new tower–when it hatches, she finds a griffin, a creature that everyone thought was only a myth.  When the mysterious Wizard Arkwright appears and attempts to keep Celie and Rolf from finding out more about griffins, Celie has to discover the truth without telling anyone other than her brother, Bran, about her griffin, Rufus.  I loved the dynamics in this book of Celie’s relationship with her older brother, Bran, who wasn’t much involved in the first or third books.  Eventually, the rest of Celie’s family finds out about her griffin, and Celie and her siblings are thrown into the events of the next book.

In Thursdays, the siblings and their friends have been sent to the original home of the Castle, the Glorious Arkower.  They find wizards who are not all they seem to be and more griffins, but they have to find a way to get back home to Sleyne.  This book focuses a lot on Lulath and how, despite his silly accent and love of fancy clothes and small dogs, he’s actually a really intelligent, wise man.  I love that guy!  He’s one of my favorite characters, and he really gets to shine in this book.

Both of these books followed the same pattern as the original–interesting magical happenings, evil people trying to take control of the Castle, oddball friends who turn out to have unexpected skills, and siblings pulling together to save their beloved home.  I was a tad disappointed with the big reveal of the secrets of the Castle.  I guess I wanted more mystery, more magic; but still, it wasn’t a bad explanation.  The characters were fun, and the griffins were a great addition.  If you’re looking for a fantasy-flavored kids’ book, definitely check out this series.  There’s not a lot of depth to the books, but there is an awful lot of fun.

Rating: Pretty Darn Good

(Side note: Apologies for the odd timing of this post.  I’ve had a cold for the past week and got thrown off my normal blogging schedule.  Regular posts will resume this Friday!)

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I am obsessed with all things books. I'm a music teacher by day and a freelance editor by night.

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