Reviewed by McKenna Goodie
The Chestnut King was created by N. D. Wilson and published by Random house. The date of publication was March 1, 2010. The genre for this book would have to be fantasy, since all of this book was based off of a sort of mystical transportation. The setting for this book is slightly all over the place. Since the cupboards that allow the characters to transport drive one to all sort of different places there is no true setting in this book, the more reliable setting would be the mood’s setting, this book always makes it seem as though you are constantly going places and never getting anywhere. The main character, Henry York has been introduced to a new world through the one hundred cupboards that are in his bedroom wall. The cupboards lead him to other worlds that revealed his past and his enemies. Henry’s past connects him to people that are trying to destroy him once and for all. Henry’s cousins and aunt and uncle are traveling through these places with him.
The first scene has Henry return to where his aunt and uncle’s old house used to be and starts to play baseball with his only friend in the state of Kansas. The last book gets Henry a strength that he never knew he had; he sees things differently, he sees the energy in everything, and he sees the way that it will move. After the ball is thrown, he describes the way that the baseball moves and all of the potential that the ball holds.
Henry York has been through his very own personal hell and he has met some very colorful people in doing so. His grandfather never helped him make a good entrance into the next world that he traveled to. A powerful witch that was seen mainly in the first and second book of this trilogy has scarred Henry. A gash across his face was starting to grow, starting to get worse, almost as though it was a sort of disease. Henry and others notice that he is becoming weak, that he is losing power and almost even losing hope. Their main goal is to find a way to save Henry. Mysteries and tales provide them with the information that a powerful king, the Chestnut King, has the power to save Henry. But he may be too respectable, he may not even want to save Henry.
The theme for this book is finding. Whether one is finding someone or finding themself, it’s all about simply going and finding what exactly will make things right. Henry’s entire journey is about going to places that he’s not familiar with. He’s trying to find himself, he’s trying to find his father, who is also trying to find him and kill him. All the while he’s trying to find a way to survive the horrible magic that has deformed Henry’s entire being. “After one hundred yards or so of brush and pocket groves, Henry stopped and looked around himself. He thought he recognized some of the trees.” (pg. 307) This quote from the book gives you a chance to see the environment he’s in while he’s trying to find all of these things. Henry has to find a way, has to find a sort of energy that will help him get through his.
I would rate this story with a five star rating. I love every single part of this entire series and this book finishes it off perfectly. For the genre it’s been placed into it works amazingly, the genre of fantasy requires a sort of sight, a sort of vision for the scenes that are played out. I believe this book would be good to someone who is desiring only fantasy. There is no romance is this story nor is there any gory scenes or any twists off the road of simply fantasy. The continuous change of different people’s perspectives can definitely keep one reading just to find out what happens next. These type of books are the books that put a hold on every other book. One can lose themself in Henry’s world ever so easily. I hope you liked my presentation and I strongly encourage you to check this book out and see if you like. But just as a recommendation, I would start with the first which is titled: 100 Cupboards.
Wilson, N. D., The Chestnut King, Random House, 2010, Print.