|The Iron Sceptre|
The Iron Sceptre is a fantasy novel written by John White, and published in 1981. It is part of The Archives of Anthropos series. Despite being published second in the series, after The Tower of Geburah, chronologically it is the fourth book. It features the same characters as The Tower of Geburah, Wesley, Kurt and Lisa, with the addition of their cousin, Mary. The book is very similar in feel and tone to C. S. Lewis' fantasy series, The Chronicles of Narnia.
Anthropos is in danger. The Iron Sceptre, the source of King Kardia's power to rule, is threatened. The mysterious Lady of Night, a terrible witch, will stop at nothing to steal it, and plunge the kingdom into darkness and despair. To acheive this, she has already captured King Karida's son and wife. Wesley, Kurt and Lisa are called to Anthropos by Gaal once again, to stop her. But their cousin, Mary, also travels... but not with them. Alone, she finds herself trapped with the very same Lady of Night. Will the children be able to save their cousin, and Anthropos?
A really good book, much in the style of The Chronicles of Narnia. Very enjoyable, and with a good plot. It is more obviously allegorical than Narnia, in places, which I quite like. I also like the way that the children are believable characters, making mistakes, and wondering if they are up to the job that Gaal (allegorically Jesus) has set them. Recommended, along with the rest of the series, for anybody who wants more Narnia!
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- Reading Age: 10+
- Reading Aloud Age: 9+
Some violence is included, although it is not descriptive. Magic is ever-present, and the world is filled with witches, dragons and enchantments. There are also some quite obviously allegorical parts in this book—particularly when Gaal (Jesus) is present.
If you like this you might like
- Other books in The Archives of Anthropos series; the next book, chronologically, is Quest for the King.
- The Chronicles of Narnia, by C. S. Lewis, is very similar.
- Older readers of these books should try J. R. R. Tolkien's Middle-earth stories, The Hobbit, and The Lord of the Rings.
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