When I first saw these books years ago, I picked up the first simply due to the look. The binding was unique - small, the size of a mass market paperback, but with a sturdy hardcover binding. The pages themselves had antiqued edges. And, after a quick flip through the book, I discovered the most adorable black and white sketches. I had to give this book a try!
The story itself is a precious one. You have three innocent children that end up in an unexpected situation, fighting beasts of all sizes, and you know -- saving the world! It is a simple read, enhanced by the illustrations that originally hooked my interest. Though the story does feature some darker scenes (as one would typically expect when battling beasts), they are not too dark or worrisome, even for the feint of heart.
I have not yet seen the film based on the series, but I do look forward to viewing it in the future. Afterall, one can never be too prepared and the visuals of the techniques outlined in the book may prove to be handy! For those of you also interested in preparing yourselves and heeding the warning of the Grace children, the five books in the series include:
- The Field Guide
- The Seeing Stone
- Lucinda's Secret
- The Ironwood Tree
- The Wrath of Mulgarath
Have you been educated by The Chronicles? What did you gather from it?