This is the fourth volume in Smith's Bone series. The review assumes that you've read the first three volumes. If you haven't you may want to skip to my thoughts.
My Summary: Phoney Bone and Smiley are determined to win the bet they made with Lucius. And Phoney has the added hope of either escaping back to Boneville with the villagers' riches or becoming the head honcho of Barrelhaven. To meet his goals, Phoney is promoting himself as a great dragonslayer who will protect the people of the valley.
Fone Bone, Thorn, and Gran'ma Ben have ventured into the forest, where they meet up with Kingdok, who is the giant leader of the rat creatures. All three of our heroes reveal hidden strengths. Unfortunately, Gan'ma gets lost in the woods, Phoney finds himself face to face with a dragon, and the Lord of the Locust is gearing his army into battle.
My Thoughts: This volume starts a new part of the Bone saga. Humor can still be found, but the horror of the rat creatures and the darkness of the Lord of the Locust begin to move into the forefront. Phoney and Smiley continue to indulge in their antics with little regard to the more pressing problems of the valley's inhabitants, and Fone and Thorn discover what they're made of. This volume is action packed, and I couldn't stop turning the pages. Be warned that the book doesn't end on a conclusion; you'll need rush off to find volume 5.
I read this book to meet several challenges (listed below). To find out more about the challenges, click on the title above the progress bar in the margin.
Published by Scholastic, 2006
Challenges: A-Z Title, Support Your Library, 100+, 999, Graphic Novels