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When Charlie is trapped in a magical painting he must battle an evil count thirsty for revenge. Will he be able to save himself and his friends? Find out in Book 7 of Jenny Nimmo's bestselling series! The enchanter Count Harken is back to take his revenge on the Red King's heirs, starting with Charlie Bone's family! Charlie's ancestor has been kidnapped and imprisoned in th When Charlie is trapped in a magical painting he must battle an evil count thirsty for revenge. Will he be able to save himself and his friends? Find out in Book 7 of Jenny Nimmo's bestselling series! The enchanter Count Harken is back to take his revenge on the Red King's heirs, starting with Charlie Bone's family! Charlie's ancestor has been kidnapped and imprisoned in the dark, forbidding land of Badlock, and it's up to Charlie to save him. Traveling through a painting to the terrifying countryside, Charlie and his best friend's dog, Runner Bean, take up the quest. But when Runner Bean gets trapped, Charlie needs the help of his friends. Can they get past an army of trolls, rescue Runner Bean and Charlie's ancestor, and get out before it's too late?


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When Charlie is trapped in a magical painting he must battle an evil count thirsty for revenge. Will he be able to save himself and his friends? Find out in Book 7 of Jenny Nimmo's bestselling series! The enchanter Count Harken is back to take his revenge on the Red King's heirs, starting with Charlie Bone's family! Charlie's ancestor has been kidnapped and imprisoned in th When Charlie is trapped in a magical painting he must battle an evil count thirsty for revenge. Will he be able to save himself and his friends? Find out in Book 7 of Jenny Nimmo's bestselling series! The enchanter Count Harken is back to take his revenge on the Red King's heirs, starting with Charlie Bone's family! Charlie's ancestor has been kidnapped and imprisoned in the dark, forbidding land of Badlock, and it's up to Charlie to save him. Traveling through a painting to the terrifying countryside, Charlie and his best friend's dog, Runner Bean, take up the quest. But when Runner Bean gets trapped, Charlie needs the help of his friends. Can they get past an army of trolls, rescue Runner Bean and Charlie's ancestor, and get out before it's too late?

30 review for Charlie Bone and the Shadow

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jenni

    A great addition to the series.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Maddy

    I feel like I could copy and paste one of my reviews from any of the last several books in the series and it would still detail how I feel about this particular book completely. Despite this being the seventh book in the series, the writing and characterization have failed to develop. I'm not saying that its horrible or the worst series I've ever read or anything, but the issues that I do have with it haven't improved in the slightest. I believe this particular book actually may have even gone o I feel like I could copy and paste one of my reviews from any of the last several books in the series and it would still detail how I feel about this particular book completely. Despite this being the seventh book in the series, the writing and characterization have failed to develop. I'm not saying that its horrible or the worst series I've ever read or anything, but the issues that I do have with it haven't improved in the slightest. I believe this particular book actually may have even gone on to highlight some of the main issues I have with the book in further detail... mainly characterization. However, I do feel like I should note some of the book's good qualities. I really enjoyed the new development of picture traveling and meeting the new characters inside. I find certain details described about the universe inside the painting fascinating and I hope the final book will return to touch base on it further. I also really loved "the giant." I actually don't know why, but I found him the most authentic character thus far. Overall, I would give this book 2.75 stars. While I keep waiting for this series to blow me away, I keep getting let down. Hopefully the last book will do something that will leave a memorable impression on me.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jesse Salvato

    As this book fits perfectly into the series it is very satisfying. Since the book is about Charlie being as curious as ever, stumbling into a huge problem when he has a power to go through paintings. Where as this time he traveled to an unknown destination through a picture that his aunt recently put in the basement. Unknowingly, his aunt and other people of a force are grouping together to get ride of Charlie and his friends. I truly enjoyed this book since throughout the entire book it is acti As this book fits perfectly into the series it is very satisfying. Since the book is about Charlie being as curious as ever, stumbling into a huge problem when he has a power to go through paintings. Where as this time he traveled to an unknown destination through a picture that his aunt recently put in the basement. Unknowingly, his aunt and other people of a force are grouping together to get ride of Charlie and his friends. I truly enjoyed this book since throughout the entire book it is action filled. Since the book is very different in the concept of a fictional book with human powers, it is why I like the book. With the book being part of a series it leaves the reader unaware of what is to happen next, even with small details that could lead to giving something away in next book, the whole book is. Ery suspenseful. So overall I really liked book.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kevin

    I liked the magic in this one - fell more into the realm of magical realism that I think should be (at least partially) in every YA book! My opinion of the full series is coming to realization, too... prepare for a longer, more scrutinizing review in the upcoming, final installment.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Washya15

    Can you imagine somewhere where certain people had extraordinary powers? In the book Charlie Bone and the Shadow, where this story takes place, some people do have special powers. I read the book Charlie Bone and the Shadow and it is a great story. This story is written by Jenny Nimmo and is the seventh book in a series. In this story an evil enchanter comes back after being defeated and banished once. Throughout most of the story is in a painting. Any body he wants he lures them down and sucks Can you imagine somewhere where certain people had extraordinary powers? In the book Charlie Bone and the Shadow, where this story takes place, some people do have special powers. I read the book Charlie Bone and the Shadow and it is a great story. This story is written by Jenny Nimmo and is the seventh book in a series. In this story an evil enchanter comes back after being defeated and banished once. Throughout most of the story is in a painting. Any body he wants he lures them down and sucks them into the painting he is in. The setting in this story seems to be the late 1900s in Britain. There is a very old part of town with cobble stone streets, a town square, small shops, and a cathedral in the town square. The rest of the town is new because a while ago a fire went through the town and the only reason one part of the town was saved was because of the enchanters that lived there. There are many characters in the story. The main character is Charlie Bone. Charlie Bone has an extraordinary power, or as the book calls it “endowed”, in which he is able to travel into pictures. Also, he never thinks before he does stuff – which gets him into trouble. In addition he has thick bushy brown hair. Also, in this book there is an evil enchanter. His name is Count Harken or, as he is also called, the shadow. He is very powerful and evil. He can enchant people to do whatever he wants. The book I read also has great descriptions. The author takes an entire paragraph to describe how someone looks. Also, as you go through the book a picture of the town really builds up in your head. You feel like you are actually there. In conclusion, Charlie Bone and the Shadow is a great book. It has great descriptions, moves quickly and has a great plot. I highly recommend you read this book.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lindsay

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I must say, of all of the books, this was not my favorite but I did give it 4 stars because it was still good and a must read for any Charlie Bone lover! Count Harken Badlock is back and this time, he trys to trap Charlie and Ben's dog Runner Bean in a painting. However, Charlie escapes but Runner is trapped. Charlie must rescue Runner and brings Billy into the painting making Billy want to stay inside. Will Runner get out and will Billy stay or leave. If you don't want to read any spoilers, read I must say, of all of the books, this was not my favorite but I did give it 4 stars because it was still good and a must read for any Charlie Bone lover! Count Harken Badlock is back and this time, he trys to trap Charlie and Ben's dog Runner Bean in a painting. However, Charlie escapes but Runner is trapped. Charlie must rescue Runner and brings Billy into the painting making Billy want to stay inside. Will Runner get out and will Billy stay or leave. If you don't want to read any spoilers, read no further I warn you because I'm about to let the cat out of the bag! The part that made me want to deduct one star was that Billy does stay put in the painting. Billy is an important character, or so I feel, and I think that leaving him in the painting was a horrible choice unless of course he decides to come out in the 8th and final installment. This is the 7th installment in the Children of the Red King series. Advice would be, for anyone who loves the Harry Potter series, this would be a good choice for a next series. This is for ages 12 and up.

  7. 4 out of 5

    James

    Full of potential but fell short. This one does end on a big cliffhanger - so now i feel compelled to read the next one - which is a new experience in this series! So that’s better I guess? None of the characters are developing and the plot is full of too many inconveniences that force Charlie to make incongruous decisions. i.e. Family member X , Y and Z aren’t there to help and protect Charlie so it becomes a survivalist story to see how far he can be pushed before breaking. All without positive Full of potential but fell short. This one does end on a big cliffhanger - so now i feel compelled to read the next one - which is a new experience in this series! So that’s better I guess? None of the characters are developing and the plot is full of too many inconveniences that force Charlie to make incongruous decisions. i.e. Family member X , Y and Z aren’t there to help and protect Charlie so it becomes a survivalist story to see how far he can be pushed before breaking. All without positive elements to balance it out.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

    So I really loved this book. It only takes place during one maybe two weeks of school for Charlie. Charlie is lured into a painting with the Shadow. Runner Bean is also lured for a different reason. Charlie gets out but Runner doesn't. He has to rescure Runner and Billy who also gets lured into the painting. It was so fun to read I did it in one day. If you love to read fun this book is it.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Michael Perrino

    This book was okay but not as good as the other books in the series and the only reason I stuck with this book is because I just wanted to finish the series.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Gloria

    Count Harkin is back. This time, he is in a painting of Badlock. The Great-aunts hide the painting in the basement of Charlie's house. They want to trap Billy Raven in the painting and they eventually succeed. But first, Charlie goes into the painting and visits his ancestor, emprisoned there. He gets out, but Runner Bean is trapped and Benjamin, along with his parents, are angry with Charlie for that. Runner Bean is how Billy was lured to the painting,and then dragged in. Meanwhile, Dagbert pla Count Harkin is back. This time, he is in a painting of Badlock. The Great-aunts hide the painting in the basement of Charlie's house. They want to trap Billy Raven in the painting and they eventually succeed. But first, Charlie goes into the painting and visits his ancestor, emprisoned there. He gets out, but Runner Bean is trapped and Benjamin, along with his parents, are angry with Charlie for that. Runner Bean is how Billy was lured to the painting,and then dragged in. Meanwhile, Dagbert plans on getting his sea-gold creature back from Tancred. Along with Dorcas, he traps Charlie's moth-wand and Manfred tried to kill it. This did not succeed, but Dagbert was able to trick Tancred into returning the sea-gold before Tancred was nearly drowned. Charlie had been locked up for defacing a painting (he shoved Dagbert who lost his balance and feel into the painting),so he missed the fight. He was also suspended. Charlie uses Solomon, the blue boa, and Mrs. Kettle's help, to get back into Badlock. While Billy refused to return, Charlie brought his ancestor and reunited him with Amoret, his wife and the Red King's daughter. Uncle Paton reveals that he believes Billy should have inherited instead of the Bloors. This sets up the last book in the series.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Nikhil Sathyanaryana

    After a few books it just gets a bit ridiculous that one side tried to murder, kidnap, and enslave the other while the other side doesn't shift the status quo. I really loved these books as a kid and tried to get through them recently to finally finish the series but it's just a bit stale. It's like if Harry Potter stated at the Dursleys the whole time and the Dursleys were actually deatheaters. It worse than that it's like if he went from the Dursleys Hogwarts which is run by Voldemort and they After a few books it just gets a bit ridiculous that one side tried to murder, kidnap, and enslave the other while the other side doesn't shift the status quo. I really loved these books as a kid and tried to get through them recently to finally finish the series but it's just a bit stale. It's like if Harry Potter stated at the Dursleys the whole time and the Dursleys were actually deatheaters. It worse than that it's like if he went from the Dursleys Hogwarts which is run by Voldemort and they never even try to change the status quo. I'm gonna push through and hope that the last few books get better.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

    Book seven in the Charlie Bone series. The evil enchanter Count Harken is back, and his power is drawing more and more of his allies to the city. As the balance of power shifts in favor of the Red King's not-so-nice descendents, Charlie fights to save one of his ancestors, as well as Runner Bean and Billy Raven from a painting unlike anything Charlie has ever seen before.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jo

    In 1996 JK Rowling started a world wide fascination for Wizards, magic, muggles and the eternal fight against good and Evil. Jenny Nimmo has created a world similar to Hogworts and characters that are an intriguing mix. Everybody has individual powers, so you never quite know what to expect. I would recommend this series to children added 7-12

  14. 5 out of 5

    Janet

    Just as good as the previous six in the series. Can't wait for #8. Another year?!?

  15. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    This one is great, you can sense that the end of the series is coming, and it'll be crazy to see how she ends it.

  16. 4 out of 5

    livvy

    good book i can't wait for the next one to come out!!!!!!! haha there's a girl named olivia in it :) she dyes her hair alot

  17. 5 out of 5

    Quantum Thief - Spooky Ink Bandit Girl

    one word:....UNBELIEVEABLE!!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Lily

    BILLY STAYED IN BADLOCK!!!!! BAD BILLY!!!!!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Nilsson

    Sometimes I get teary eyed when I see dogs in paintings, and wonder if they might be trapped as well.

  20. 4 out of 5

    ⚓Its me Irina the READER⚓

    so good

  21. 5 out of 5

    Abby

    it was a scary sad and enjoyable book. i cant wait for the next one!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sally

    Book 4, 5, 6, and 7 of this Charlie Bone series gives the reader more of the slightly weird happenings with Charlie, his friends, his not-friends and the nasty aunts and kind uncle. Rather than writing a new plot review for each one, I'll lump them together. Readers can get vested in this series by hoping that Charlie will find his father and wanting to discover who The Red Knight is, and for those reasons, mainly, one is motivated to read the whole series. I liked them well enough to pull them Book 4, 5, 6, and 7 of this Charlie Bone series gives the reader more of the slightly weird happenings with Charlie, his friends, his not-friends and the nasty aunts and kind uncle. Rather than writing a new plot review for each one, I'll lump them together. Readers can get vested in this series by hoping that Charlie will find his father and wanting to discover who The Red Knight is, and for those reasons, mainly, one is motivated to read the whole series. I liked them well enough to pull them out as a re-read (audiobook listen) when I found myself bereft of new things to read for a while. I do not agree with reviewers that compare this series to Harry Potter, either favorably or as a poor competitor. Although there are some ideas that could be deemed parallels, I think this series has a character of its own. I think that young readers who like the stories with magic and clever youngsters would like this series and perhaps would like it better than HP. My favorite character: Runner Bean, the neighbor boy's pet dog.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    The seventh of eight books in the Children of the Red King series. You could read any of these books as a stand-alone but it would be more enjoyable if you read the series in order. Charlie is so predictable. His Grandma Bone and her sisters use that to their advantage. Grandma Bone puts a package in the basement and Charlie just knows it is a painting. So rushing headlong into a trap, Charlie goes to the basement and checks the picture out. It is not a portrait and it is disturbing with the wind The seventh of eight books in the Children of the Red King series. You could read any of these books as a stand-alone but it would be more enjoyable if you read the series in order. Charlie is so predictable. His Grandma Bone and her sisters use that to their advantage. Grandma Bone puts a package in the basement and Charlie just knows it is a painting. So rushing headlong into a trap, Charlie goes to the basement and checks the picture out. It is not a portrait and it is disturbing with the wind that seems to come from the sea. Worst of all, Charlie is drawn into the picture without his moth/wand-so ni way to get out. Suddenly, he is in Badlock where Count Harken is and Oddthumb, the troll, is going to capture him. Until his relative, the giant, provides him a safe haven again. To make matters worse, Runner Bean, his friend's dog, follows him into the painting. Luckily, Runner Bean has brought the moth with him but only Charlie and the moth come home. Charlie needs Billy to help him save Runner Bean but all that does is bring the dog home and leaves Billy stuck in Badlock at the mercy of Count Harken. When Charlie once again goes into the painting, he is determined to save Billy except Billy does not want or feel the need to be saved. What is Charlie to do? Once again Charlie is in a mess. He rushes into danger without thinking it through. It annoys me as an adult but as a child I would have thought him extremely brave one more book to go in the seried and I will be sadnto reach the end. I also cannot wait to read the last book to see how it all ends.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This was a fast, enjoyable read. It has been a while since I read the previous book so even though I read the review of the characters and their powers, I still had trouble remembering who was good and who was bad and to get everything and everyone sorted out. Once I had it all sorted out, the story was much more enjoyable. Grandma Bone is still mean and working for the bad guys. She brought home a painting that Charlie traveled into where he met one of his ancestors. Runner bean also got sucked This was a fast, enjoyable read. It has been a while since I read the previous book so even though I read the review of the characters and their powers, I still had trouble remembering who was good and who was bad and to get everything and everyone sorted out. Once I had it all sorted out, the story was much more enjoyable. Grandma Bone is still mean and working for the bad guys. She brought home a painting that Charlie traveled into where he met one of his ancestors. Runner bean also got sucked into the painting, but Charlie couldn't take Runner with him when he left. Billy ended up getting sucked into the painting when he tried to save Runner, who eventually got out of the painting. Billy was in the painting for over a week before Charlie could get to him and when Charlie finally arrived Billy did not want to leave. Dagbert drowned Tancred, but the Flames were able to bring him back to life.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Rex Libris

    In this installment, the collection of evil headed by the Bloors bring a mysterious painting to Charlie's house. Charlie and the dog Runner Bean get sucked into it, and end up in Badlock, the land of Count Harken. Charlie makes it, but Runner Bean gets pulled back. To rescue Runner Bean, Billy Raven is brought over. Billy rescues Runner Bean, but is himself caught in the painting. Billy actually wants to remain in Badlock, which cannot be good because this is what the Bloors want. Meanwhile, Dagb In this installment, the collection of evil headed by the Bloors bring a mysterious painting to Charlie's house. Charlie and the dog Runner Bean get sucked into it, and end up in Badlock, the land of Count Harken. Charlie makes it, but Runner Bean gets pulled back. To rescue Runner Bean, Billy Raven is brought over. Billy rescues Runner Bean, but is himself caught in the painting. Billy actually wants to remain in Badlock, which cannot be good because this is what the Bloors want. Meanwhile, Dagbert Endless has hatched a plot to try and kill Tancred. Uncle Paton is off roving the country for a weeks at a time, trying to find information about the Yewbeam ancestry in hopes of trying to find answers to what exactly the Bloors are up to. Throw in a giant, some nasty stone monsters to be rented out for revenge, and the closing of the Pets Cafe, and this makes for a great story.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Andrew Ruble

    A bit lengthy, but the author's long-winded story is finally tapering to an end. Charlie Bone is a particularly good series for young readers to build upon their abilities and gain an understanding of the flow of scenes and settings. The gnawingly slow pace and drawn-out developments works quite well in a mystery series. It allows the mind to mull the material and wander easily in a productive way, rather than wandering due to confusion or boredom -- as can occur. Most adults will find her repeate A bit lengthy, but the author's long-winded story is finally tapering to an end. Charlie Bone is a particularly good series for young readers to build upon their abilities and gain an understanding of the flow of scenes and settings. The gnawingly slow pace and drawn-out developments works quite well in a mystery series. It allows the mind to mull the material and wander easily in a productive way, rather than wandering due to confusion or boredom -- as can occur. Most adults will find her repeated use of "deus ex machina" rather tiring. Oh, conflict? Here's an easy way to get rid of it! Okay... ... The very small amount of character development is also a drag. While Nimmo sometimes seems to be redundant in her writing, that quality is highly useful for young readers.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Flossmoor Public Library (IL)

    This is a fun and engaging juvenile book series that keeps readers guessing. It is about a 10-year-old boy named Charlie Bone who discovers that her has the special ability to hear the voices of people in photographs. Turns out there are other children with magical “endowments” and they go to school at the mysterious Bloor’s Academy. After being coerced into going to Bloor’s Academy by his indifferent grandmother, Charlie becomes entangled in a nefarious plot and recues a girl from an endowed st This is a fun and engaging juvenile book series that keeps readers guessing. It is about a 10-year-old boy named Charlie Bone who discovers that her has the special ability to hear the voices of people in photographs. Turns out there are other children with magical “endowments” and they go to school at the mysterious Bloor’s Academy. After being coerced into going to Bloor’s Academy by his indifferent grandmother, Charlie becomes entangled in a nefarious plot and recues a girl from an endowed student’s hypnosis, only to find out that she wasn’t the only victim…his missing father has been found as well! -Miss Emily

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kris

    A bit better than most of the other books in this series, especially with a couple of touching moments toward the end of the book. I still feel all of these books (and the series in general) have struggled to create a strong plot with action rising to a climax. Instead, each volume feels like a series of somewhat connected events with a sudden major (and, in some cases, not so major) event with a bit of minor resolution quickly followed by the end of the story. I've started reading the last volum A bit better than most of the other books in this series, especially with a couple of touching moments toward the end of the book. I still feel all of these books (and the series in general) have struggled to create a strong plot with action rising to a climax. Instead, each volume feels like a series of somewhat connected events with a sudden major (and, in some cases, not so major) event with a bit of minor resolution quickly followed by the end of the story. I've started reading the last volume, and there does appear to be a major event in the offing, but it hasn't felt like any of the other books' plots have been actively leading up to this event.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kristin DeGarmo

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I enjoyed this sequel of Charlie Bone because Charlie got to do more traveling and I feel like the story and characters developed by having to deal with tough themes like death and integrity. I hope Billy returns to his time and that Matilda isn’t a bad person. I’m glad Tancred is okay. I’m surprised Norton Cross is a bad guy. I wonder why he joined with Mrs. Tilpin. Also what do the Bittermouses have to do with the story? Will Charlie’s parents finally return in the next book? When I originally I enjoyed this sequel of Charlie Bone because Charlie got to do more traveling and I feel like the story and characters developed by having to deal with tough themes like death and integrity. I hope Billy returns to his time and that Matilda isn’t a bad person. I’m glad Tancred is okay. I’m surprised Norton Cross is a bad guy. I wonder why he joined with Mrs. Tilpin. Also what do the Bittermouses have to do with the story? Will Charlie’s parents finally return in the next book? When I originally read the books as a kid, this was the last one I read so I don’t know what’s gonna happen next which is exciting!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jameyanne Fuller

    This was certainly not my favorite book in the series, though I am happy that a certain evil somoene is back, and I really loved the giant. I also enjoyed how everything seems to be coming to a head. But I also felt like the book’s attemptto end on a cliffhanger fell flat. I’m hopeful the last book will round this one off nicely, but I’m still not entirely sure why this series continued past book 5. We’ll see.

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