Friday, September 16, 2011
You don't really realize how little The Field Guide scraped the surface of the world of faeries until you read The Seeing Stone. There's more magic, more fey, more action. I wouldn't go so far as to say the book was better than the first, but it was really, really good. In the second book of The Spiderwick Chronicles, we're introduced to a variety of magical creatures: a brownie, goblins, and a troll, just to name a few. They were all interesting, and all came with interesting illustrations. I can't say I really liked any of them, but they definitely added something to the story. My one complaint would have to be the character introduced at the end of book one, Thimbletack. He was alright, I just didn't like that he spoke in rhymes. Yes, it was kind of neat that everything he said rhymed, but it also got a little annoying after a while. Readers within the target audience for this book (7 and up) would probably like this feature, though.
The Grace kids were just as fun to read about as they were in the first book. They are quickly becoming some of my absolute favorite characters, one of the reasons I rush to get my hands on the next book in the series (luckily, I already have the next book in the series).