Title: E. Aster Bunnymund and the Warrior Eggs at the Earth’s Core (The Guardians #2)
Author: William Joyce
Page count: 251 pages
Rating: 5/5 stars
This book series, about mythical creatures like the Easter bunny and Santa Claus, who are tasked with protecting the children of the world from the Nightmare King (the boogeyman, or Pitch), is written by William Joyce. It became very popular when the movie Rise of the Guardians was released last year (a movie I absolutely adored, and still do).
While admittedly children`s books (like that ever stopped me from reading anything ever), I thought this second book was really fun to read. You could see it`s a children`s book, yes, but it was still interesting for a (semi-) grown up too.
The storyline itself was interesting. There was a lot of background story, mystery, action, fun, adventure, tension. Basically everything you could want. The characters were interesting, too. Even though they`re characters everyone knows and grew up with, there`s a new twist to them that makes them fresh and interesting. Nicholas st. North, the magician warrior? Awesome.
Aside from the great story, there`s a lot of artwork that`s just amazingly done. Every now and then I just open Google images and browse through them, as if at a museum. So much detail and attention that has gone into these drawings. It`s such a change from usual children`s books, it was really great to see. I mean, look at it:
I have to admit though: I was an idiot, and bought #2 without having ever read #1. I didn`t pay attention when I ordered it. But luckily the book stands pretty well on its own, too. Enough of book #1 is explained to be able to read #2 with no problems at all. Though it probably helps that I looked up a lot of background information after the movie.
But I will definitely be buying #1 (and all the other books) soon, because so far everything Guardians related is amazing, and it`s a definite recommendation to anyone even vaguely interested. No matter your age.