I figured a middle-grade review would be best coming from a middle-grader. Here is what he had to say, in his own words:
What was the book about?
It was about three orphans who band together when a bunch of guys tried to kill them. They end up traveling to a new magical world and find out that they have special powers and are part of a prophecy that says they will bring down the evil emperor.
What did you like about the book?
I liked how there was lots of action and adventure. There wasn’t just talking all the time. There were a lot of fight scenes, and it never got boring.
Who was your favorite character?
Tommy was my favorite. He was the oldest of the kids, and he was really mean when the story started, but he changed over the course of the book.
He has assassins and a big army. You don’t really see him to much.
You mostly see the big scary assassins that are nine feet tall and in every fight scene. They are really more like the bad guys in the story.
What was your favorite part?
When they broke out of the orphanage, everyone chased them. Mr. Jennings offered a year of work off to any of the other orphans who caught the kids who escaped. There was so much action! And they forgot something and had to go back, and someone got caught and stuff, and it was really exciting.
On a scale of one to 5… One being that book you didn’t finish last year because it was boring, and five being the best book you ever read, how would you rate “The Three Thorns?”
There was a lot of action and a lot of chasing, but the part where they were being taken to the castle didn’t have a lot of action.
There should have been some fight scenes to make it more interesting.
Would you be interested in reading the next book?
Yes. They ended it in a way that made me say “Omigosh I have to see what happens next!”
Would you recommend this book to your friends?
Yes, to my friends that like action adventure books.
A note from Mom:
There you have it, directly from my son. I have to say that each day he finished reading with a smile on his face. He is easily bored, and there are a lot of books in his “did not finish” pile. He does not put up with books that don’t keep his attention. There is a rafflecopter going on to promote this book. Click below to enter. Good luck!
More about the book:
THE THREE THORNS (THE BROTHERHOOD AND THE SHIELD #1)
Three brothers born to a once powerful King were abandoned at birth and cast out into the old world as orphans – alone and unaware of the other’s existence or their royal heritage.
In the new world, by order of the false King, three of the most lethal assassins are sent to kill the children before they come of age and avenge their father’s throne.
But when the brothers find one another, Benjamin, Tommy and Sebastian must resist the temptation of magic and power if they are to defeat the unspeakable evil that has threatened them since birth.
The Three Thorns is book one in an exciting children’s fantasy series called The Brotherhood and the Shield from debut author Michael Gibney.
ABOUT MICHAEL GIBNEY:
Michael Gibney began working in restaurants at the age of sixteen and assumed his first sous chef position at twenty-two. He ascended to executive sous chef at Tavern on the Green, where he managed an eighty-person staff. He has worked in the kitchens of Morgans Hotel Group, 10 Downing in Manhattan, and Governor in Brooklyn’s DUMBO, among many others. Over the course of his career, he has had the opportunity to work alongside cooks and chefs from many of the nation’s best restaurants, including Alinea, Per Se, Eleven Madison Park, Daniel, Jean Georges, Le Bernardin, Bouley, Ducasse, Corton, wd~50, and Momofuku.
In addition to his experience in the food service industry, Gibney also holds a BFA in painting from Pratt Institute and an MFA in nonfiction writing from Columbia University. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.