Published May 1st 2003
“The Grace kids are just beginning to get used to Aunt Lucinda’s strange old mansion when Simon suddenly disappears. Jared and his sister have to rely on the help of a mischievous house boggart, a nasty bridge troll, and a loud-mouthed hobgoblin to get him back.”
I read the Spiderwick Chronicles back when I was quite young, maybe eight or nine. My sister and I read the crap out these books (we must have read them 15 times, no joke) and I’ve been wanting to revist this series and the wonderful fantasy world that Holly and Tony created for a while now but I’ve finally gotten around to it.
The writing partnership of Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi is remarkable and this series is by far some of the most well written literature that I’ve ever read.
The three main characters, Jared, Simon, and Mallory, are so relatable and realistic. I can relate to each of them in a different way and I think most readers will feel the same.
I felt like The Seeing Stone had expanded a lot of the world that was created in this series. Readers get a lot of new information on new creatures and a new character is introduced. The Seeing Stone is a lot faster paced than the first book.
I loved the illustrations and artwork a lot. There’s wasn’t really any descriptions on the creatures so I had to rely on the illustrations a lot.
Overall, I loved this book and I highly recommend this series to readers of all ages. It’s such a great fantasy series and it’s amazingly well written. I can’t wait to continue rereading this series.