Fantasy Book Review: Five Kingdoms: Sky Raiders

Five Kingdoms Sky Raiders

Five Kingdoms: Sky Raiders by Brandon Mull

Cole Randolph was just trying to have a fun time with his friends on Halloween (and maybe get to know Jenna Hunt a little better). But when a spooky haunted house turns out to be a portal to something much creepier, Cole finds himself on an adventure on a whole different level.

After Cole sees his friends whisked away to some mysterious place underneath the haunted house, he dives in after them—and ends up in The Outskirts.

The Outskirts are made up of five kingdoms that lie between wakefulness and dreaming, reality and imagination, life and death. It’s an in-between place. Some people are born there. Some find their way there from our world, or from other worlds.

And once you come to the Outskirts, it’s very hard to leave.

With the magic of the Outskirts starting to unravel, it’s up to Cole and an unusual girl named Mira to rescue his friends, set things right in the Outskirts, and hopefully find his way back home…before his existence is forgotten.

Cole is an average boy with a strong sense of loyalty. He follows kidnappers in order to help his friends and ends up in another world. The Outskirts is a strange land of magic and flying castles. Cole is captured and sold into slavery as a Sky Raider, raiding the flying castles filled with unknown dangers.

Sky Raiders is the first in a new fantasy series by one of my top favorite children’s authors. Each book in the series will follow Cole and his friends to one of the Five Kingdoms. This first installment is a nice introduction to the series and characters and the main story arc. Full of adventure, mystery, humor, and imaginative magic – Mull has created another exciting series that is impossible to put down. And as with the rest of his series, fantasy fans of all ages will enjoy this fun and imaginative adventure.

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