Wednesday, May 2, 2012

The 39 Clues Series

Two weeks ago I reviewed a book called The Maze of Bones.  It was the first book in the 39 Clues series, and I really quite liked it.  Well, over the last two weeks, I've finished all 11 books.  Luckily they are pretty quick reads!  :) 

Dan and Amy are in a race against their other Cahill "cousins" to find each of the 39 clues that have been around for hundreds of years.  Each generation has fought (and killed) each other for the information.  But there is hope that THIS generation might be different.  Most of the major characters in the race are children (not all, but most)  The Madrigals hope that this generation can learn to work together and end the centuries-long fight.

The first nine books are pretty much the same.  Dan and Amy travel to different locations around the world looking for clues.  And in each place, they learn more about the hunt and about their ancestors.  The tenth book was probably my favorite.  It was the longest and probably should have been the end of the series.  It would have made a great ending!  :)  The eleventh book explained the history of the beginning of the clue hunt and the original Cahill family.  It also introduces the Vespers, an evil group who have been searching for the 39 clues as well.  It explains how the Madrigals got started.  It explains how Grace began the clue hunt. And there is a final adventure for Dan and Amy.  It was interesting information, but it was completely different than the other books.

There is another series that begins where this one left off.  It's called Cahills vs. Vespers.  I'm hoping that more of the "cousins" are in this book, because they were completely missing from book eleven.

This is a fun series! 


Rosenbalm Photography said...

Because this is the way I am, I'm not going to finish your review so as not to spoil any part of the book. When you said you read all 11 in a couple of weeks I knew I would be picking these up! Thanks!!

Jillian said...

Wow, sounds like the children's version of the Wheel of Time series! So many books that are all kinda the same. I'm surprised you stuck it out long enough to enjoy book 10. I think I quite the Wheel of Time halfway through book 6!

Thanks for the review. :)