Saturday, November 20, 2021

Archibald Lox Volume Two: The Kidnapped Prince by Darren Shan


 Archibald Lox, better known as "Archie" to his readers, has faced quite a lot since that fateful school day, when he first followed a mysterious girl pursued by two killers into an unknown realm. Our unlikely hero has had the misfortune of being thrown into near fatal run-ins with nightmarish creatures, deadly assassins, and rivers of blood, while at the same time, relishing in the jaw-dropping wonders the Merge has to offer to a living boy like him. It's been quite a ride so far for our locksmith protagonist, but his role to play in plans way beyond his comprehension have just begun, and continue in Volume Two of the Archibald Lox chronicles, The Kidnapped Prince.

  Just as eager readers hope to experience while diving into any epic young adult story, Archibald Lox fails to disappoint. Whereas the first omnibus (the Missing Princess) introduces us to a wide variety of characters, and takes us on a tour of the fantastical and precarious corners of the Merge, Volume 2 digs its grip into its readers tightly as the other shoe begins to fall, preparing us for what is sure to be an epic conclusion. If Darren Shan's talents of successfully hooking a reader are showcased in Volume 1 (books 1, 2, and 3 of the series), Volume 2 (books 4, 5, and 6 of the series) is absolute proof of his ability to send said reader's world into a tailspin. Darren Shan's classic formula of capturing the attention of bibliophiles, young and advanced alike, has once again been proven to be a triumph in his latest young adult series, Archibald Lox. 

  I, a self-proclaimed Darren Shan fanatic, have been lured time after time again into his stories of magic, horror, and heartbreak, and through Archie and Inez's journey, I find myself comforted by being once again embraced in the welcome majesty of his weird and wonderful worlds.

  There is something for everyone in this latest release from the masterful mind of Darren Shan. Whether you're a returning Shanster, or a newcomer to the curiosities of the Cirque Du Freak, Demonata, and the Merge, the adventures of our heroic locksmith are guaranteed to take you on a ride you'll never want to disembark.