Chestnut King

Chestnut King

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The bestselling and highly acclaimed 100 Cupboards series concludes with one final, epic battle in The Chestnut King. Perfect for readers who love Percy Jackson, the Unwanteds, and Beyonders! Hidden cupboards behind Henry's bedroom wall unlocked portals to other worlds that Henry and his cousin Henrietta couldn't resist exploring. But they made one terrible mistake--they released the undying witch Nimiane. Her goal? To drain all life from every world connected to the cupboards. Henry must seek out the Chestnut King to defeat her, but doing so will force Henry to make a terrible, irreversible choice. With the fate of the worlds and everyone Henry loves hanging in the balance, will he have the courage to do what is needed to destroy the witch once and for all? "A must-read series." --The Washington Post
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 483 pages
  • 129.54 x 193.04 x 33.02mm | 340.19g
  • Yearling (imprint of Random House Children's Books)
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0375838864
  • 9780375838866
  • 34,427

Review Text

"An entirely satisfying finish." -Kirkus Reviews

"Well crafted and gratifying." -School Library Journal

"This is my favorite kind of fantasy, combining the secret and the ordinary." -Tamora Pierce, New York Times bestselling author

"One of the most fascinating new fantasy worlds grown on American soil since Oz." -MuggleNet.com

"Highly appealing characters whom readers will want to encounter again." -The Horn Book Magazine

"Henry becomes a stronger and more resourceful kid as he tests his mettle against the creatures in the cupboards." -The Bulletin

"The story is chilling, but the creepy quotient never exceeds the book's target audience." -Booklist

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Review quote

"An entirely satisfying finish." --Kirkus Reviews "Well crafted and gratifying." --School Library Journal

"This is my favorite kind of fantasy, combining the secret and the ordinary." --Tamora Pierce, New York Times bestselling author "One of the most fascinating new fantasy worlds grown on American soil since Oz." --MuggleNet.com "Highly appealing characters whom readers will want to encounter again." --The Horn Book Magazine "Henry becomes a stronger and more resourceful kid as he tests his mettle against the creatures in the cupboards." --The Bulletin "The story is chilling, but the creepy quotient never exceeds the book's target audience." --Booklist
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About N. D. Wilson

N. D. WILSON lives and writes in the top of a tall, skinny house only one block from where he was born. But his bestselling novels, including the highly acclaimed 100 Cupboards series, have traveled far and wide and have been translated into dozens of languages. He and his wife have five young storytellers of their own, along with an unreasonable number of pets. You can visit him online at ndwilson.com.
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Rating details

3,886 ratings
4.12 out of 5 stars
5 41% (1,592)
4 37% (1,430)
3 17% (660)
2 4% (147)
1 1% (57)

Our customer reviews

Reason for Reading: Next (and last) in the trilogy. It's the final showdown in this volume. Nimiane is making her move to take over the empire, her hatred for Henry's bloodline makes his whole family targets of her wrath, especially him, since they are tied together with the blood bond and she knows how powerful he could become. Most of the book takes place within the worlds of the cupboards, with the doors being used for travel and a few pit stops are made here and there to the house in Kansas in the process. People actually notice a few strange things happening where the house used to be and the area is becoming popular to the paranormal events -type crowd. Henry learns a lot more about who he is and who he could be while Henrietta becomes much more of a teammate than she has ever been before, though she and Henry do end up on different teams at times. I think all the characters have grown as people throughout this series and that is always a good feeling to have at the end of a series. The paranormal elements of this volume where quite intriguing. The full truth comes out about Henry's scar and his ties to Endor because of it. Henry's case is an exciting one as at one point it boils down to the options of giving up and dying quickly or going forward to die with honour or at least die trying. But things are never always as they seem and at the end we can sigh with relief at the happy ending. In fact, this is my main problem with the book, the ending is too pat. All ends were finished off just so perfectly nicely that it destroyed some of the story's believability for me. The other thing I find annoying is the trend of these juvenile fantasies, with book 1 being 200 and some pages, book two pushes the 400 mark and then book 3 has to top them all off by trying to become a 500 page tome. That is what actually made me take so long to get started on this book since I had enjoyed the first two books so much. An interesting, well-thought out fantasy world and story that delivers an exciting conclusion while on the other hand draws out the trilogy when it might have been trimmed a little to make it a bit move quicker and therefore more tense.show more
by Nicola Mansfield
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