The Cracks in the Kingdom
Author: Jaclyn Moriarty
Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia
Pages: 526 pages
Time slides around the world so strangely...
It's not easy being Princess Ko.
Her family is missing, taken to the World through cracks in the Kingdom, which were then sealed tightly behind them.
Now Princess Ko is running the kingdom, and war is looming.
To help her family, she gathers a special group of teens, including Elliot Baranski of the Farms. He's been writing secret letters to a Girl-in-the-World named Madeleine Tully- and now the Kingdom needs her help.
Madeleine and Elliot must locate the missing royals, convince them of their true identity, and figure out how to unlock the dangerous cracks between the Kingdom and the World.
All before their enemies can stop them.
Thoughts on the book: Wow if I thought book one in the Colours of Madeline series was amazing it had nothing on book 2. I'm so glad that I was offered the chance to review these books for Pan Macmillan because I am absolutely loving this series. The author knows how to weave a fantasy filled plot line with so many twists and turns. Just when you have a character or situation figured out you soon learn that you were completely wrong and have to reacess what you are thinking.
In The Cracks of the Kingdom we continue our journey with Elliot and Madeleline and we also get to meet some new characters which bring a fresh dynamic to the story. In book 2 we get to travel all over the Kingdom of Cello as Elliot tried to help Princess Ko locate where her family is being held in the world and as they try and figure out a way of bringing them all back without alerting everyone to what is going on. This is done by having 'meetings' of the Royal Youth Alliance which is supposed to be conducting talks about issues within the kingdom and their ideas on how to change them. I don't want to go into to much detail about what happens as there are some truly heart stopping moments that will have you clutching the pages and flipping through them so fast just to find out what happens.
I think this is a must read series for everyone and don't let the size of the book put you off. It may seem like a lot of pages but once you start reading and get hooked it will seem like there isn't enough. I can't wait for the stunning conclusion where I'm sure there will be plenty more surprises for us.