The Invisible Tower by Nils Johnson-Shelton

April 5, 2012 at 10:26 am Leave a comment

A twelve-year-old boy learns that he is actually King Arthur brought back to life in the twenty-first century–and that the fate of the universe rests in his hands.



I think this book is extraordinary. The theme is adventure. This book is hard to understand at first, but then it gets easier.
There are some characters that can be real people but some characters are imaginary. Artie (the main character) and Kay (the sister of Artie) are believable as people.  Thumb (a fairy Artie and Kay met) and Merlin (an imprisoned wizard Artie tries to save) are believable as imaginary characters. The author gave enough information for me to picture all the characters.
The plot left a lot of unanswered questions at the end.
The story takes place at Artie’s house, Merlin’s prison, the otherworld (a place were there are magical creatures and magical things) and at school. There was enough information to make the settings feel real.
I found the book both exciting and adventurous. In my opinion this book does deserve the OPLbery award!

Despite what you think, King Arthur is not some dusty old artifact/person. He’s very much alive, modern, real and awesome in The Invisible Tower.
The first weird thing that happens to Artie is that his life seems to have turned into his video game, Otherworld. He meets Merlin, gets a wicked-awesome sword and knights his sister. All in a few days work. He goes on an adventure that might rival some pretty dern (Harry Potter Prospector’s Stone reference) good adventures! I could not stop reading. I talked about it with everyone.
The plot is perfection. The characters are so believable you feel as if they’re your friends. I really hope it gets an award. It deserves it. Just remember … beware Morganne. (Dun, dun, dun, dah!)

The book The Invisible Tower by Nils Johnson-Shelton is a masterpiece, a true gem of literature. This book has just enough description that you can picture the scene without knowing the smaller details. The plot of this story is suspenseful and has unexpected twists in it. This book has amazing fantasy elements that combine with real life situations and makes you accept the fantasy bits as true. The characters are lovable and some call back to older stories that you may have heard as a little kid. The ending leaves unanswered questions, but we all know that there have to be more books considering this is the first of the “Otherworld Chronicles.” Nils, you did an amazing job with this book, and I want you to keep up the good work.

This book is about a brother and sister who love to play video games, and at one of the sister’s video game tournaments, the brother (Artie) finds a weird video game store owned by Merlin himself. I thought that this book started out interestingly enough, and I found it really good, but I think as it neared the ending, it just got worse. I also really hate the way it ended. It seemed like there shoukd have been another 50 pages. It ends pretty much in the middle of a chapter. I know it says there is going to be a sequel,but I still think the book needed more of a conclusion.

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