In The Pitchfork of Destiny, the second novel in the Charming Tales series following A Fairy-Tale Ending, Jack Heckel brings the hilarity of living in a magical world to readers looking for something beyond Shrek, Xanth, and Magic Kingdom for Sale: Sold!
Life in the Kingdom of Royaume has been happily ever for King William Pickett and his fiancée, Lady Rapunzel. But when Volthraxus, the Great Dragon of the North, returns looking for the love of his life, the Great Wyrm of the South, it becomes clear that some fairy tales never end.
After Volthraxus discovers his love was slain by the newly crowned king, he seeks his revenge by kidnapping Rapunzel. Once again, Will teams up with Edward Charming, the only man in all the kingdom with the skill, ego, and dashing good looks to fight a dragon. Our heroes’ fates depend on finding a weapon re-forged in dragon blood—the Pitchfork of Destiny.
But as the two set off after the dragon, Charming’s bride, Lady Elizabeth, falls into the clutches of a mysterious sorcerer known as the Dracomancer, who has his own plans for Royaume.
Charming tale that I loved
The Pitchfork of Destiny is a charming tale of fantastical dragons. First, I would like to let you know; I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Along with this book, I was pleasantly surprised with book one, A Fairy Tale Ending. Which is a good thing because when I was a few chapters into this one, I decided to stop and go back to read the first book. Though it is NOT necessary to read both, I highly recommend it. Although the characters were well developed in book 2, reading them in order gave me a better insight into the hearts of the characters.
Book two picks up right where book one leaves off. Volthraxus is searching for his love; once he learns what happened, the action begins. Readers will be intrigued from the beginning, and the twists will keep them surprised until the end.
This is a perfect bedtime story to read with your kids, if you still do that when they are at this reading level; personally, I don’t think they are ever too old to read with. My fifth graders still loves it so I will keep it up as long as I am allowed. This is a family friendly book that in spite of its length, will keep the interest of children as well as adults. Kudo’s to Heckel for being able to do this. This is one book I am OK with donating to my child’s teacher for the classroom, or maybe even a classroom read aloud.
Both books are definitely 5 Boundless Star books for me. I absolutely loved it!...Beth