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Saturday, June 1, 2013

[My Thoughts] Trouble Twisters #3: The Mystery, by Garth Nix & Sean Williams

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press 
  • Release Date: May 28, 2013
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545258995
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545258999

"Magical twins, mystery and danger, unexplained events, and an Evil that refuses to be contained ... Twins Jack and Jaide are troubletwisters and in this book they must use their elusive Gifts to search Rourke Castle for the mysterious Golden Card of Translocation.

Can twins Jack and Jaide find the mysterious Golden Card of Translocation and make it out of Rourke Castle alive?
When eccentric Young Master Rourke dies in suspicious circumstances, troubletwisters Jack and Jaide are sent on a mission by their father to retrieve a lost Golden Card from somewhere within the vast Rourke estate. But secret agents for The Evil are also in pursuit of the card, and the troubletwister twins know that whoever finds it first will gain access to a Gift more powerful or terrible than any other. Together they negotiate secret passages, talking parrots and animated suits of armour, while trying to control their own fledgling Gifts. "-Goodreads
My Thoughts:
Well I was entertained at least.
Mystery of the Golden card, wasn't the best Trouble Twister book of all. Instead of focusing on the Portland wards (like the other two books), this novel decided to take a little detour.
The result was an oddly complex mystery; reminiscent of a classic scooby-doo! episode. (With quite the similar ending too)

If I Had to list one of the novels main highlights, it would be the fact Garth Nix gave The Mystery a slight ancient undertone. The kind of sensation you feel when you know that whatever you're reading, has been set in motion centuries before your fable takes place.
It also helped the novel immensely when bits and pieces of Portland's/the Wardens history were thrown in as well. Like seriously. Some MAJOR Warden secrets are revealed here.

On the other hand, there were some flaws in the Mystery.
Mainly; the character relationship between the Jack and his father, this REALLY needed working on.
At some points it was near soap-opera(ish).

I have no doubt that because I'm over the age group for this novel, that I probably didn't enjoy this as much as I would have. Nonetheless, I would recommend this to the Grades 3-6.
Rating: 3.7/5
What to expect?
  • Golden Cards
  • Hector Shield 
  • Tara
  • Rourke History

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