In The Camelot Kids: Part Two Simon Sharp was accused of murder by the heir to King Arthur’s throne.
But that’s the least of his worries.
The Camelot Kids: Part Three is where things get complicated. When a stranger sells Simon some seeds at the spring fair, he inadvertently sets off a plot that may mean the end of New Camelot. Of course, nothing is as it seems in Merlin’s castle and Simon soon learns just how much danger he and his new friends are in.
In The Camelot Kids: Part Three, Simon must always look over his shoulder for the enemy. But should he be looking to his side instead? – GOODREADS
A dragon has attacked New Camelot because of Simon, and he’ll do anything to make things right. His plan is to bring a treasure trove of gold to Trejure, King of Dragons.
It’s dangerous, but he convinces his friends that it’s the best plan. When they set out into the wilderness they know that dragons (and even giants) wait in the shadows.– GOODREADS
See my review of Camelot Kids – Part 1 here.
See my review of Camelot Kids – Part 2 here.
Camelot Kids – Part 3
The tale of Simon’s life changing journey from awkward school kid to almost shining knight continues in this third part. It’s time for Simon to get his hands dirty and start his training with a mix of old and new characters linked to his past.
I find Merlin continues to be a mysterious one. The more we learn about him, the more I realize that we don’t know. By this point in the story, the old guy hasn’t yet earned my trust.
Each part takes the reader deeper into the fascinating world created by Zackheim. I must admit that I did get a little lost for a short time, but soon found my way. I put this down to my own poor time management causing a gap between reading each of the books, not the writing or plot :)
The plot thickens when Simon’s mysterious uncle finally reveals some details of what happened to his parents. It’s a good segway towards the next part of the series. But… be warned… prepare for a cliff-hanger you won’t see coming.
Camelot Kids – Part 4
Simon has hope at last to find his missing parents and must lure the dragon away from New Camelot with gold. We see Gwen is struggling with things, and Maille helps her to craft a wand from a dragon scale.
Simon’s dad arrives in the dark of night. This was an event that got my suspicious radar beeping. His dad fills him in on his background story, helping Simon to learn more about himself.
This tale is underpinned by Simon’s search for the truth behind the disappearance of his parents. Zackheim has created a wonderful world that lies beyond the realms of the real world. The characters are likeable and each has their own unique history, which is the essence of how they all come together. The question readers will want to know is… Does Simon find the answers to all his questions? Read it to find out.
For me, it would have been better to read as one book rather than the four parts. I found it a little bit of work to remember the plot with the gaps between reading each part. Especially 3 to 4. All my own doing, though, dodgy time management :)
An entertaining read, which I recommend you read as a complete book, rather than separate parts 1-4. I’m sure that it would be a better way to follow the story. Recommended for fans of adventure with mystery and a little magic thrown into the mix.
FYI – Ben Zackheim is a fellow BookElf. We are a group of MG/YA authors who occasionally collaborate in MG fiction. I purchased my own copy at my own choice. I was not approached by the author to read and review this book.
Note: I don’t claim to be a pro-reviewer, I am a reader. My reviews are based on my personal thoughts around the story that the book is trying to tell. I try to focus on the story (which is the reason I read) rather than dissect the book and pass comment on typos, writing style or structure.