Time Jumpers: A satisfactory ending to this MG fantasy series

Time Jumpers by Brandon Mull science fiction and fantasy book and audiobook reviewsTime Jumpers by Brandon Mull Anyone who’s read the first four installments of Brandon Mull’s FIVE KINGDOMS series for middle graders will undoubtedly want to read the fifth and concluding volume, Time Jumpers (2018). We all want to know if Cole and his friends will be able to escape the Outskirts and return home, and we want to know if the kids’ families and friends will still remember them! This time Cole is visiting the last of the five kingdoms: Creon. Here he will confront the high king (whose daughters he’s been rescuing as he travels around the five kingdoms), attempt to stop an evil shaper from destroying the world, and investigate a rumor suggesting there may be a way to get himself and his friends home and restore their parents’ memories. In Time Jumpers, Cole finally comes into his full power. When he meets Violet, a young Wayminder who can jump to any place in the five kingdoms, and then meets someone else who can send Cole and Violet backward and forward in time, Cole’s power seems almost limitless. These new friends are important but Cole also has his old friends and allies who get to play their own heroic parts, too. Even a bad guy gets a chance to redeem himself. Time Jumpers is pretty exciting. We get to visit the Sky Raiders again and some of the questions we’ve had since the first book (Sky Raiders) get answered. We also get to fight a really scary monster and take a hilarious trip to Miami Beach. This finale of the FIVE KINGDOMS series is satisfying. I mean, I knew it would be, but I wanted to see it happen. The series concludes with a touching epilogue. I recommend FIVE KINGDOMS to middle grade readers who enjoy following endearing juvenile characters in bizarre fantasy worlds, and who are skilled at suspending disbelief. As far as character-building goes, this series focuses on friendship, trust, loyalty, and courage. The audio editions read by Keith Nobb and produced by Simon & Schuster Audio are quite pleasant. <div class='et-box et-shadow'>
					<div class='et-box-content'>Published in 2018. Trapped in a world where magic is powerful and dreams are real, Cole’s epic adventure comes to a close in book five of the New York Times bestselling “fanciful, action-packed adventure” series (Publishers Weekly, starred review), from the author of the Fablehaven and Beyonders series. Cole Randolph can barely remember what life was like back home in Arizona. It’s hard to imagine there was a time he didn’t wake up to daily threats and danger. But Cole is still determined to find a way home with his friends and to set things right in the Five Kingdoms before he leaves. That means traveling to the last of the kingdoms—Creon. It’s a place where time itself can be manipulated, where reality can bend and change. On one last death-defying mission, Cole must use everything he has learned to face a villain with powers beyond anything he has seen before. The past, present, and future are all at stake in this epic conclusions to the bestselling Five Kingdoms series.</div></div> Time Jumpers by Brandon Mull

Anyone who’s read the first four installments of Brandon Mull’s FIVE KINGDOMS series for middle graders will undoubtedly want to read the fifth and concluding volume, Time Jumpers (2018). We all want to know if Cole and his friends will be able to escape the Outskirts and return home, and we want to know if the kids’ families and friends will still remember them!

This time Cole is visiting the last of the five kingdoms: Creon. Here he will confront the high king (whose daughters he’s been rescuing as he travels around the five kingdoms), attempt to stop an evil shaper from destroying the world, and investigate a rumor suggesting there may be a way to get himself and his friends home and restore their parents’ memories.

In Time Jumpers, Cole finally comes into his full power. When he meets Violet, a young Wayminder who can jump to any place in the five kingdoms, and then meets someone else who can send Cole and Violet backward and forward in time, Cole’s power seems almost limitless. These new friends are important but Cole also has his old friends and allies who get to play their own heroic parts, too. Even a bad guy gets a chance to redeem himself.

Time Jumpers by Brandon Mull science fiction and fantasy book and audiobook reviewsTime Jumpers is pretty exciting. We get to visit the Sky Raiders again and some of the questions we’ve had since the first book (Sky Raiders) get answered. We also get to fight a really scary monster and take a hilarious trip to Miami Beach.

This finale of the FIVE KINGDOMS series is satisfying. I mean, I knew it would be, but I wanted to see it happen. The series concludes with a touching epilogue.

I recommend FIVE KINGDOMS to middle grade readers who enjoy following endearing juvenile characters in bizarre fantasy worlds, and who are skilled at suspending disbelief. As far as character-building goes, this series focuses on friendship, trust, loyalty, and courage. The audio editions read by Keith Nobb and produced by Simon & Schuster Audio are quite pleasant.

Published in 2018. Trapped in a world where magic is powerful and dreams are real, Cole’s epic adventure comes to a close in book five of the New York Times bestselling “fanciful, action-packed adventure” series (Publishers Weekly, starred review), from the author of the Fablehaven and Beyonders series. Cole Randolph can barely remember what life was like back home in Arizona. It’s hard to imagine there was a time he didn’t wake up to daily threats and danger. But Cole is still determined to find a way home with his friends and to set things right in the Five Kingdoms before he leaves. That means traveling to the last of the kingdoms—Creon. It’s a place where time itself can be manipulated, where reality can bend and change. On one last death-defying mission, Cole must use everything he has learned to face a villain with powers beyond anything he has seen before. The past, present, and future are all at stake in this epic conclusions to the bestselling Five Kingdoms series.

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KAT HOOPER, who started this site in June 2007, earned a Ph.D. in neuroscience and psychology at Indiana University (Bloomington) and now teaches and conducts brain research at the University of North Florida. When she reads fiction, she wants to encounter new ideas and lots of imagination. She wants to view the world in a different way. She wants to have her mind blown. She loves beautiful language and has no patience for dull prose, vapid romance, or cheesy dialogue. She prefers complex characterization, intriguing plots, and plenty of action. Favorite authors are Jack Vance, Robin Hobb, Kage Baker, William Gibson, Gene Wolfe, Richard Matheson, and C.S. Lewis.

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