I have had been much more selective about the products and books that I review this year. The first book I accepted for review in 2014 was the much anticipated (by me) sequel to Cragbridge Hall: The Inventor’s Secret. In his second book, The Avatar Battle, Chad Morris revisits Cragbridge Hall with Derek and Abby’s second semester.
At the end of their first semester at Cragbridge Hall, Derek and Abby find themselves picking up the pieces of their school career after saving their Grandfather and parents from Charles Muns… which, in Abby’s case, isn’t pretty. She finds herself uncomfortably aware of her academic inferiority and has one more semester to prove she is up to snuff. Meanwhile, Derek is dealing with his own issues: being brilliant isn’t good enough for him, he needs to be the best at everything and Derek isn’t happy being a small fish in the big Cragbridge Hall pond. Having proved themselves up for the challenge of defending History, they are both admitted into their grandfather’s Council of the Keys. The children and their fellow time-travelers are again having to protect the world from Muns, who continues to try and drastically alter the course of history, rather than learn from it’s many lessons. When the members of the council are attacked one by one, they begin to suspect a traitor in their midst. Can Derek and Abby find out who is behind the attacks or will their inner demons stop them from saving the world?
I can’t tell you how much I enjoy these books and The Avatar Battle is especially good. The character struggles are poignant and relatable. Everyone, at one time or another, has suffered from feelings of inadequacy and self-doubt. We all come up against seemingly insurmountable odds and it is our personal gifts that can help us through. This time around we get to see more of the Bridge and Oscar Cragbridge’s brilliance and more glimpses into the lives of little known historical events and characters.
Cragbridge Hall is absolutely “thrilling! One of the best series ever! Seriously every person in the world should read it and own 9 or 10 copies!” Don’t believe me? Check out the interview below – it leaves no room for doubt :)