The Invisible Tower

The Invisible Tower, by Nils Johnson-Shelton, is an Arthurian tale for middle grade students. I love any and all versions of King Arthur and Camelot that I can get my hands on, so I picked up this one eagerly. In this modern version, the main character, Artie (alias King Arthur), gets strange messages through his video game. Many modern pre-teens have fantasized about their video games coming to life, I’m sure, so they will be drawn to this. As Artie uncovers clues with the help of his sister, Kay, they move into Otherworld and are confronted by Arthur’s world of dragons and knights and an invisible tower that imprisons Merlin. Artie and Kay, of course, must attempt to release him.

I love the concept of a video game sending clues that bring Artie and Kay to Otherworld. I love the Merlin story line. Unfortunately, I kept waiting for the story to grip me. It had so much potential, and it just didn’t deliver. I suppose the most telling thing is that two weeks after I read this I actually tried to download the ebook again–I’d already forgotten I’d read it. If you are a reader of fantasy, skip it. If you are a lover of King Arthur books, skip it. If you like complicated, well-written plots, skip it. If you are a preteen video gamer that wants a quick break from your most current game, give it a try.

2 thoughts on “The Invisible Tower”

  1. Ah, so this is the book that you recommended to me in your letter. Well I agree with you, I would like this book because I do love video games, medieval things, and reading. Also my curiosity leads me to question about how these gamers will deal with dragons and other creatures in the medieval times. happy reading! (: Andrew

  2. in my opinion i love this book not just because their are video games in it its because my favorite genre is FANTASY

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