“This is the tale of seven young teens - each surprisingly talented - who discover almost too late that they are elf lords from another world. The evil Spider King wants nothing more than to eradicate the race of elves, so he sends his menacing Drefid assassins to track down and kill the seven elf lords, who are the key to their race's survival. Suddenly the seven, drawn from their homes in different parts of the world, are running from a force they didn't even know existed.
Curse of the Spider King was a book I was anxious to read. Unfortunately, I came away disappointed from the work of one of my favorite authors, Wayne Batson, which is not something I would have expected to do. I have to say I've never read any of Hopper's work, to be fair, but overall I found the story lacking.
The characters and story are somewhat underdeveloped, and the feeling was insensitive. Much better, I think, would have been to pare down the number of elven lords and elaborate more. I have to say I was disappointed with the flat characters. Overall, it seemed a rather stereotypical fantasy for young adults, but it was clean and would certainly be exciting for younger kids to read on their own. In spite of all that, the cliffhanger at the end will definitely be a reason for me to read Venom and Song, scheduled to be released this spring.”
Minastauriel wrote this review Friday, February 19, 2010.