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Kingdom Keepers III: Disney in Shadows

by Ridley Pearson
Series: Kingdom Keepers #3
545 pages, Fantasy
Reviewed by Knight of Narnia

Another great young adult fantasy thriller, with some implied language and fantasy violence.

Plot

After Maleficent and Chernabog escaped at the end of the second book, the Kingdom Keepers are now searching for their Imagineer friend Wayne, who is being held captive by the Overtakers. Clues send them all around Epcot in Walt Disney World looking for their mentor.

Morality

Again, the Kingdom Keepers lie to their parents about where they are going when they go look for clues. Bad guys, once again, are evil but not vulgar.

Spiritual Content

Maleficent again uses incantations and spells. A few uses of God's name in vain, but only as "OMG." (Not the full words, just initial letters.) Various characters have abilities and gifts, such as telekinesis and dreaming the future.

Violence

A lot of fantasy violence, which is to be expected. Willa falls from a cord stretched over a lake onto a boat. Nothing too bloody or gory, though.

Drug and Alcohol Content

While Philby's DHI is in the Fantasmic control room, doctors are working on his real body, which is stuck asleep. As a result, Philby feels woozy and disoriented, and says that this was how he thought being drunk or drugged would feel like.

Sexual Content

After crossing over, Charlene arrives at the park one night in her nightgown, and the narrator comments that the boys had trouble keeping their eyes off her. Later, Maybeck calls Charlene "hot." Finn and Amanda share ice cream, hold hands, and ride together on a one-rider bicycle. The latter is very innocent, though.

Crude or Profane Language or Content

As in the first two books, Maybeck often uses some profanity, but it is only implied. As stated above, "OMG" is used two or three times. One use of "h*ck" and a few of "crap."

Conclusion

In my opinion, this book was better than the first two. The clues seemed a little more cryptic, and yet made more sense in the end. Like the other two, the narrative is strong and the action quick. All the detail in the Epcot park is applied to the story. Ridley Pearson strikes again with a young adult thriller perfect for Disney fans, enthusiasts, and visitors.

However, as outlined above, there is some content that readers should be aware of - especially the morality and the implied swearing.

Fun Score: 5
Values Score: 3.5
Written for Age: 11-12

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