Hail, Adventurers! If you’re here, you’re awesome. Know what else is awesome? These books.
Otherworld Chronicles is a fantasy/adventure series for boys and girls aged 7-12 (“mid-grade” in the parlance of the publishing world), that star a brother and sister duo, Artie and Kay Kingfisher. (That’s them on the covers of all three books up above, along with a green dragon named Tiberius, a bunch of nasty giant dragonflies who must be smitten, and a saber-toothed tiger—who also should probably be smitten.) It all starts in The Invisible Tower, continues unabated in The Seven Swords, and concludes in dramatic fashion in The Dragon King.
What are the Otherworld Chronicles books all about? Well, not wanting to give too much away, but at the same time wanting to pique some interest, we’ll put it this way: What would you do if (in the case of Artie), after following a bunch of cryptic clues received through your favorite XBox video game, you discovered that you were the second coming of King Arthur? Or, (in the case of Kay, who is in every way awesomer than her bro at the beginning of our tale), what would you do if your brother showed up one day with a medieval-looking broadsword that only the two of you could see and, when you asked him about it, he told you that the guy who hooked him up with it claimed to be the wizard Merlin (who was about 1,600 years old and lived in Cincinnati, Ohio of all places)?
These questions and many, many more are answered in due course in Otherworld Chronicles through more rip-roaring, high-octane adventures than you can count (or more than we can count, anyway). Throughout the series Artie and Kay are forced to grow up a little bit, as, sadly, we all must do eventually. But that doesn’t mean that when you do grow up you can’t still have fun by reading—or even writing—“fresh,” “entertaining quest fantasies” with “plenty to offer” and that will “carry readers happily into future episodes” (those are quotes from living, breathing book reviewers).
Here are those quotes in full, by the way …
“Short, action-packed chapters and funny dialogue make this book a sure fire hit with the legions of Rick Riordan fans.” (School Library Journal)
“An entertaining quest fantasy, sprinkled with hints of hidden agendas, and juiced with enough creativity to carry readers happily into future episodes.” (Booklist)
“The draw here is the action, and there is plenty of that. As Artie dodges fire spells and enchanted swords, gamers will find themselves reaching for their controllers while they await the series’ next installment.” (Bulletin for the Center for Children’s Books)
“Fresh and Fun, with plenty to offer the avid reader looking for a new series.” (Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA))
“High-spirited and fun. Gives new life to Arthurian legends and may just send readers back to more traditional tellings.” (Kirkus Reviews).
"The best ever!" (One of Nils's neighbors)
"Totally awesome!" (A kid Nils met in Illinois)
"When's the next one coming out?" (Another kid Nils met in Illinois)
"Can I touch your hair?" (A kid Nils met in Portland—he answered, "Uh, no, you cannot.")
What, you’re still here? Wonderful! Well, if you’ve gotten this far and want to know a tiny bit more, here is but a smattering of the things you will find within the pages of Otherworld Chronicles (no plot spoilers but certainly, uh, thing spoilers …)
A waterfall that “falls” upwards
A man with the head of a wolf
A nerdy wood elf
A murderous and possessive giant who speaks French
The Lady of the Lake
A dragon who spits scalding oil
A Japanese fox with nine tails
A blind guy with no legs
A mute fairy
A witch bent on destroying young Artie
An empty suit of green armor who walks and talks (and LOVES Mountain Dew)
Knights! Bunnies! Exploding arrows! Magic! Excalibur!
Lots of fights—with swords!
And various other things you might find cool, funny, strange, or even a little scary