The Three Worlds

Please note that this review may contain spoilers for The Monster Realm. You can read my review of this novel [here].

The Three Worlds was written by Nara Duffie and first published in 2016. It is a fantasy novel which focuses on three girls on a mission to stop a war between monsters and humans. The book forms the second part of The Monster Realm series and is preceded by The Monster Realm (2015).

Although Lillian, Katy and Maisy barely escaped Lanodeka with their lives, all three of them soon find themselves wishing that they never left. Lillian feels guilty for leaving Bluebell behind, wishing that she’d done more to convince her sister to return for them, and all of the girls worry about if their monster friends can possibly survive the coming war.

Yet they soon find themselves returning to Lanodeka as Lillian is kidnapped by an elf known as the Captain, who delivers her to an ominous black tower. It is from here that Bluebell – now going by the name Lysandra – is planning on retaking the human world for the monsters. Yet Lillian soon learns that her sister is not the true mastermind behind the army. Lysandra answers to Arachne – a powerful monster who is half human and half spider.

Arachne needs both medallions and the Creation Stone to open a portal to Earth big enough for her army to march through, and so Lillian is glad that her medallion is still safely with her friends. However, problems arise as Katy and Maisy use its power to return to Lanodeka in search of Lillian. As Arachne learns of its location, she sends the Captain and other monsters to reclaim it, sparking a fierce war. It’s up to Lillian and her friends to stop her before she can reclaim the medallion and unleash her monsters on the human realm…

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The Monster Realm

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The Monster Realm was written by Nara Duffie and first published in 2015. It is a fantasy story about a twelve-year-old girl who braves a land of mythological creatures in order to find her missing sister. The novel forms the first part of a series and is followed by The Three Worlds (2016).

Lillian was only ten years old when her older sister, Bluebell, vanished in the night. In the two years that followed, not a trace of her was ever found. Yet as Bluebell’s birthday draws closer, Lillian gets an unfathomable urge to go and search for her sister on the beach. She’s joined in her hunt by her two best friends, Katy and Maisy.

While she doesn’t find Bluebell on the beach, she does meet a strange boy called Jack. Jack claims that her sister has travelled to Lanodeka – a subterranean world where monsters hide from people that would otherwise want to kill them. Using a magical stone medallion, he opens a passageway to the world and offers to be their guide.

Yet Lanodeka is a world that is more dangerous than any of them could have imagined. In order to reach Bluebell, the girls have to battle wood elves, rocs and even Medusa herself. The creatures of Lanodeka are preparing for war, wanting to take the human world for themselves. Soon, Lillian and her friends learn that they are the only people who may be able to stop it. That is, if they survive that long…

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