Review: Beyond the Kingdoms

Beyond the KingdomsBeyond the Kingdoms by Chris Colfer

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Fairy tales are just the beginning.

The Masked Man is on the loose in the Land of Stories, and it’s up to Alex and Conner Bailey to stop him…except Alex has been thrown off the Fairy Council, and no one will believe they’re in danger.

With only the help of the ragtag group of Goldilocks, Jack, Red Riding Hood, and Mother Goose and her gander, Lester, the Bailey twins discover the Masked Man’s secret scheme: He possesses a powerful magic potion that turns every book it touches into a portal, and he is recruiting an army of literature’s greatest villains!

So begins a race through the magical Land of Oz, the fantastical world of Neverland, the madness of Wonderland, and beyond. Can Alex and Conner catch up to the Masked Man, or will they be one step behind until it’s too late?

Fairy tales and classic stories collide in the fourth adventure in the bestselling Land of Stories series as the twins travel beyond the kingdoms!

Beware spoilers ahead!

This book was absolutely wonderful! As usual it was written beautifully and had an amazing plot to boast.

The book starts off with the late Fairy-godmother meeting with Hans Christian Anderson. Through their interaction the audience finds out that The Masked Man is in fact her other son Lloyd. They are not twins but instead a few years apart (it’s not specified how many). The brothers happen to look exactly like their father so that’s why Alex thought it was her father. Through this interaction the Fairy-godmother decides to make a potion that will allow Lloyd to travel into his favorite books. Upon presenting it to him her heart sinks when he says that he has no interest in the potion whatsoever. She decides that the best way to please her son is to go into the hall of dreams and find out what it is that Lloyd desires. She finds that her son wants to overthrow her, become the next god-mother and cause destruction and mayhem. This is all that happens in the first chapter.

It was very interesting to read about their adventures traveling into different books! I especially liked how Red was nominated to become the Lost Boy’s mother. It was really cute to read. Conner used his magic for the first time without Alex. Bree and Emmerich’s point of views come in this book. Alex’s thing with King Arthur was unexpected along with Mother Goose and Merlin. I can actually see both couples working out but it’s really weird considering that I was hoping that Alex would get back with Rook. Maybe she will, we’ll just have to wait and see. I was pretty surprised that Mother Goose chose to stay in Camelot with Merlin. But whatever the case is she seems really happy and she did mention that whenever the twins need her she would come. As a parting gift she gives Alex Lester. When I read about Robin Hood and Peter Pan I was pretty annoyed with them. Peter had this thing for imitating Conner and Robbin Hood had a pretty large ego and yelled rather than speaking. I’m not sure what they are like in the original stories but this is what they are like in this book. The audience also discovers the identity of The Masked Man’s son.

The villain’s for this book were as usual well done. I personally found the witches to be more intimidating than The Masked Man. The villains from the stories didn’t play that big of a role. I can’t wait to read about Red kicking Morina’s (Thanks to Alana on GR for correcting my mistake!) ass. 

Overall I am very excited to read the last book. I can hardly wait!

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