Beyond the Kingdoms by Chris Colfer
Published by: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: July 7th, 2015
Series: The Land of Stories, #4
Genres: Middle Grade, Fantasy, Adventure
Date Read: August 4th, 2015
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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!
For me, the first three books in this series were completely unstoppable, the pace, the characters and the story were all flawlessly interwoven to create wonderful storybooks – because that is what they are – good old-fashioned style story books.
Alex and Conner Bailey are about to face their greatest foe yet. With the Masked Man on the run and the terrible secret behind his identity possibly revealed, Alex and Conner have been a bit stressed trying to figure out what he’s up to, find him, and capture him. However that might just be easier said than done with Alex’s powers on the fritz and the Masked Man using a potion that lets him vanish into storybooks.
There is a man on the loose called the Masked Man because of the mask he wears to hide his face. This Masked Man is trying to create an army of evil villains from famous fairy tales such as Alice in Wonderland, The Wizard of Oz, and Peter Pan.
I liked this book because they went into the stories that I knew growing up. And I also liked that Alex and Connor went into Oz and got the Tin Woodman to help them. There wasn’t anything that I didn’t like, so it was a good book. I hope more people could read this series, because it is wonderful.
As far as this book goes, I thoroughly enjoyed it. This book is great. Also, I love that it’s basically tying together elements from the entire series and building up. There is quite a lot revealed in this instalment in The Land of Stories series. This instalment both reveals a plethora of useful information and answers the many questions readers were left with at the end of A Grimm Warning.
A solid addition to the “land of stories” series. the sheer imagination that went into creating this is very impressive. the author has take some of the World’s best known stories and characters and used them as building blocks to create a truly fun, magical, and unique world.
This has by far been my favourite book of this series so far. It is so imaginative and creative. I absolutely loved the concept of recruiting characters that were from other literary worlds. It was so creative, and it was just amazing to see the villains and characters I have grown up loving to be re-imagined and recreated into this new world.
All in all, it’s a fun story that moves along nicely, with familiar characters and some hilarious new ones. I strongly recommend this book to readers who love fairy tales and lots of adventure. This is such a great book but this is the fourth book of the series so I strongly recommend to start from the first book The Wishing Spell.