4. The Serpent's Egg

The Serpent's Egg by J. Fitzgerald McCurdy
First book of The Serpent's Egg Trilogy

Pages: 280
Finished: Jan. 8, 2008
Reason for Reading: Canadian challenge, YA challenge
First Published: 2001
Genre: children, YA fantasy
Rating: 3.5/5

First Sentence:

North of Ottawa, deep in the Gatineau Hills, a tremor shook the still night air.

Comments: Just as Hate, the Demon, arrives at Miranda's house to destroy her, a Druid takes her away. As she follows him, they make their way to the Houses of Parliament and with the help of the tunnels underground and a little bit of magic she, and her friends, are escorted to the Elven world. It is then she finds out that she is the only one who can destroy the Demon.

The story was exciting and fast-paced and the fantasy world was intriguing. The world is inhabited by the typical Tolkien races of elves, dwarfs, trolls and dragons. That this world was connected to ours via the Houses of Parliament in Ottawa added an extra touch of fun.

I really enjoyed the book, the plot and the fantasy were compelling. The main characters, on the other hand were somewhat lacking. I found them to be rather whiny and rude children, and the author's use of all caps when someone shouted was tiresome. However, the storyline kept me reading and I recommend this book to fantasy fans.


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