If I were pulled into an Underland with my kids, would I treat them like little kids even though they were considered warriors? I think I would! And I LOVED watching Gregor’s reaction to having his mom along—and she delivers the protective mom lines just as she should! From telling Gregor off for being gone to the bathroom too long, to telling everyone how they have to travel with a plastic bag because Gregor gets carsick—it was definitely a young person’s nightmare! It’s always more difficult to act the part of warrior, protector, caregiver, when your parents are present!
In Gregor and the Curse of the Warmbloods, we follow our heroes through the jungle! The characters continue to charm even in a tropical climate! Boots is still one of my favorites. I love her sweet little toddler-isms! Gregor is still the innocent young boy thrown into something that he needs to grow into. There are more rats to get to know this time around, and it’s always interesting as they work with the rest of the Underlanders and you get small visions of all that they’ve been through. Maybe they’re not the evil mortal enemies they appear to be afterall?? The characters are so real! We feel with them the frustration of defeat; just when you think you’ve finally reached your goal and it is snatched from right under your nose! There were twists that I was definitely not expecting, and it’s a good thing all the books are out now, so you don’t have to be as overly concerned at the cliffhanger endings!
In this installment, I have a few bones to pick—there were way too many things left undone. There was a lovely scene where Gregor takes it upon himself to groom one of the rats. This may sound lame and weird, but it was so sweet and innocent and even powerful in its seriousness. I loved it, and was sad when nothing else was made of it. It didn’t seem to help things along the way. Perhaps in the next book? Also, why is nothing more mentioned of Hamnet’s life after Regalia? I kept waiting for a mother to appear. I’m hoping these things are referenced again in later books, so I may just have to wait. And my last big issue—the end is very abrupt. I suppose all of this just means it’s time for me to go on and read some more.
In following with the rest of the series, there is no sexual content at all, and only one minor word is used that could be considered profanity.
This installment of the series includes a virulent plague that causes a great deal of death. It also has very disturbing symptoms: Large bumps on the body that burst, inability to breathe, weakness, etc. A bat with the plague crashes to the ground and dies. In the jungle, many of the plants are very dangerous. A character is eaten by a vicious plant. Many ants are killed by plants. The ants also attack the characters; two of the characters die, the rest are severely injured. Characters fight and kill many creatures. Poisonous frogs kill some creatures. A character kills one of the frogs with the sword. A character is executed.
Mature Subject Matter:
The themes include a lot of fear, death, and overcoming overwhelming odds to save those you love.
Alcohol / Drug Use: