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Publisher's Note:

Masterfully written by award-winning author Catherine Lanigan, this thrilling action story keeps you guessing through every twist and turn. Cross continents and connect the clues along with teen treasure hunters Lilli and Zane as they try to stay one step of ahead of danger, find the ancient artifacts, and keep them far away from their enemies. A must-read for adventurers of all ages!…

The Golden Flute

by Catherine Lanigan

Overall Book Review:

The Golden Flute begins on an exciting note, and the fast pace and adventurous plot continues until the last page. Catherine Lanigan’s teen heroes are likeable and easy to relate to, and her mystery is compelling and hard to put down. At times The Golden Flute reminded me equally of Michael Scott’s Nicholas Flamel Chronicles and Harrison Ford’s famous Indiana Jones movies—needless to say, a fun combination!

Although I was immediately drawn into The Golden Flute and had high hopes for the story, there were some things that I found consistently frustrating throughout the novel. Both the writing and the pacing seemed to be frequently choppy, making sentences and scenes equally difficult to follow, and while I thought Lanigan set up her story quite well, I felt less and less compelled to keep reading as the novel went on. Although I felt like The Golden Flute had great promise, and did enjoy its exciting plot, ultimately the book didn’t live up to my expectations.

The Golden Flute is a great read for young teens and preteens. Unlike some middle-grade novels, however, it will probably struggle to hold the attention of older teens and adults.

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Cedar Fort

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language: 2 religious exclamations. 2 mild obscenities. 

Violence/Gore: A woman is attacked and murdered (brief details are given, nothing explicit). A man has a reputation for cruel violence. A man is murdered magically, on two separate occasions. On two occasions, rooms are ransacked and property is destroyed. A woman is kidnapped. A woman is threatened by several men, including a scene in which she is slapped in the face by a man. He also threatens her in a way that implies sexual innuendo. The climax of the story involves a battle, including much destruction of property and hand-to-hand combat (kicking, punching, biting, etc.).

Sex/Nudity: Adults and teens flirt and feel attracted to each other. A man threatens a woman prisoner in a way that implies sexual innuendo (although he does not rape her and nothing explicit is said, this scene felt very charged and somewhat intense for a middle-grade novel).

Mature Subject Matter:

Murder, death of a parent.

Alcohol / Drug Use:

Teens and adults drink and smoke.

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As a kid, I used to tell people that I wanted to be a “professional book reviewer” when I grew up (along with writer/ballerina/figure skater/mom). I thought that any profession that involved the full-time reading of books was my idea of heaven. Getting the chance to review books is a little dream come true!