This third book in the Nathaniel Fludd, Beastologist series is a worthy addition, continuing the story of 10-year old Nathaniel as he attempts to master the family profession of beastologist, people who study and preserve animals believed to be mythological or extinct.In the company of his aunt, Phil A. Fludd, Nate has successfully presided over the birth of a phoenix and recaptured an escaped basilisk. Now he is happy to be returning to England, hoping for some peace and quiet.
But instead of the looked-for quiet welcome, Nate and his aunt arrive to find that their home has been ransacked, and that the culprit resembles the mysterious man they have seen lurking at the site of both their previous adventures. Nate is surprised to learn that this mysterious figure may be a black sheep relative named Obediah Fludd, and even more astonished when circumstances suggest that Obediah may have a copy of “The Book of Beasts,” a beastologist’s guide that was last known to be in the possession of his long-lost father.
Seizing on the sudden hope of being able to learn more about his parents’ disappearance, Nate is bitterly disappointed when they receive word that something has disturbed a colony of wyverns hidden in Wales, and they must interrupt their investigations to discover the cause of the problem.Once they reach the wyvern colony, however, they find that Obediah Fludd is already at the site and is the source of the disturbance, as he has broken the Covenant, an agreement that has existed for centuries between the dragons and humanity.
Nate and his aunt are given twenty four hours to deal with the intruder and to restore the Covenant, or the wyverns will go on a rampage sure to destroy the countryside.When Aunt Phil is taken captive by a particularly difficult elderly dragon, it is Nathaniel’s quick wits and resourcefulness (and some assistance from his pet gremlin, Greasle) that save the day.Children who love fantasy, myths, and exotic settings will enjoy reading about Nate as he discovers his inner hero. Tantalizing clues regarding missing letters and the actual fate of Nate’s parents leave mysteries enough for sequels, and should keep readers coming back for more.The straightforward text, short chapters, and plentiful pen and ink sketches make this an accessible and enjoyable series for middle readers. 160 pages Ages 8-11
Recommended by Linda Lucke, Learning Center Director