I’m sure you all know by now that I’ve followed the adventures of Luke Callindor and his crew since Book One of the Legend of Windemere Series. Today I’m offering up my Review of Book Three in the Series:
Legends of Windemere:
Allure of the Gypsies
**** Four Stars
I was not disappointed after reading this installment of LOW. I learned something new about Luke and his friends; I also got the thrill of finding new characters introduced that I got to either love or hate. Kudos to Mr. Yallowitz for never keeping me bored.
What kept me reading page after page was the fact that the characters had opportunities to go on separate missions that were all in some way related. Recalling Luke’s heartbreaking interaction with a griffin in Book One, when I read a certain part here, I almost cried. (Sorry, I don’t do spoilers).
There are new characters introduced, some temporary, some not; they include Luke’s parents, grandparents, ex-fiancee and others. I love Sari, the free-spirited, open-minded, and non-inhibited gypsy who’s lost her clan and is found in the lair of Kalam, a powerful Vampire necrocaster. Queen Ionia of Darkmill is hilarious, as is her escort squirrel Zale. Ha!!! 😀 Zephyr is a charming, blind young bard who excels at playing flute and I hope to see him again. The list goes on…MIA Nimby’s dad Vile makes a brief appearance, Isaiah and Yola Biggs, to name a few.
Of course, we still have the despicable Lich and chaos elf queen Trinity to root against. I have to admit, I’m a little on the fence about Trinity at this point; I’m hoping she’s convinced to jump to the side of good. 🙂
The characters are fleshed out well, as usual. Fight scenes (and there are enough), are well drawn out and it was easy to follow along and become part of the crew.
Since I met Luke in Book One, I expected him to have grown up a bit more than he had by this book. I found him to be a bit whinier than he was in the last installment, even though he was going back home to Haven to deal with ‘issues’. I was disappointed that I didn’t get my necessary fill of Fizzle in this installment because of his necessary ‘hibernation’ period; although, it doesn’t make the book less enjoyable. I just love him so much. Again, one small thing that pulled me out of the story once in a while was the occasional adverb overuse.
Overall, this was a great read, and I recommend it highly for anyone who has an interest in reading fantasy adventures; it is definitely great for upper MG and Young Adult readers.
**** Four Stars from me.
Until next time…