Daniel and Aidan have spent their lives apart from the rest of the kingdom of Castiglias and its subjects. For the last three years, they have been left with only each other for company since King Argyle's men came and took their parents to be slaves. The boys' survival has been dependent on the lessons learned from their parents, as well as their own unique powers.
When Argyle's men come to take Daniel, Aidan uses his little-known gift to fight off the gathering party. He does so with only two goals in mind: to save his older brother from a lifetime of serving Argyle, and then escape together. Fleeing the only home they have ever known, they must avoid Argyle's men, werewolves, and a fire-breathing dragon looking for an easy meal. What begins as a fight to save one boy and then disappear unexpectedly turns into a battle against the evil forces of Argyle, a war that may affect the lives of not only the many children waiting to be taken, but the existence of the kingdom itself.
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- CJ Rutherford
Probably one of my favourite narrations
What did you like most about Scepter?
While the story was excellent, what made it stand out was the voices Katie Welburn used. I loved the sibling rivalry between Aidan and Daniel. It reminded me so much of my own relationship with my younger brother at that age. Scott writes adolescent behaviour incredibly well.
Who was your favorite character and why?
It's a toss up between Aidan and Lily. Both are sassy. Aidan reminds me of Scrappy Doo lol.
What about Katie Welburn’s performance did you like?
All, everything...just all of it. I read this ebook a while back and I really enjoyed it, but it was Katie's portrayal of the characters that made me love it. I knew who was speaking without being told. Katie is excellent.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
I loved the beginning, when Aidan and Daniel are left alone to fend for themselves. Tugs the heartstrings.
Good Ingredients but it doesn’t quite do it
An almost- MG book which has promise to be more if the writing, action, plot, and character development was tighter, focused, and deeper.
The first chapter - and sample on Audible- was intriguing. I’m not going to say it went downhill from there, but it didn’t keep up with the momentum.
The magic was good, but I don’t think it was ever really explained. Why do the boys have talent but the girls don’t? We don’t learn this. It’s not even brought up. It is also odd the four youngsters live in the middle of nowhere ... and although Daniel meet other adults, we are •told• this; we never travel with him.
Dialogues were stilted and meh. Even Lilly, the youngest, wasn’t endearing.
As another reviewer mentioned, a lot of passages detail boring, mundane tasks which add no value, insight, or development of relationships/character growth. It could only be perceived as filler.
It’s okay for 8-12 year olds who need something to do or read. But it’s not a force to be reckoned and I sincerely doubt anyone would feel compelled to continue with the series.
Katie Welburn did an outstanding job with her narration and voice differentiations among the various characters.