And the battle against Pitch continues in this next book. Who would be featured now as the second Guardian? Here’s the plot description from the back cover of the book:
Pitch, the Nightmare King, and his Fearlings were soundly driven back in the first Guardians’ adventure. Now it seems certain that he’s plotting a particularly evil revenge and the Guardians suspect he might have gone underground. But how can they find him there?
E. Aster Bunnymund, the only emissary of the fabled brotherhood of the Pookas–the league of warrior rabbits of imposing intellect and size. Bunnymund, highly skilled in martial arts, is brilliant, logical, and a tunnel-digger extraordinaire. He’s also armed with magnificent weapons of an oval-sort, and might just be able to help in the quest for the next piece of the Moon Clipper.
This second book in The Guardians series is about much more than fixing a few rotten eggs-. It brings the Guardians one step closer to defeating Pitch.
Pitch seems to be getting stronger and it’s up to Ombric the magician, North, and Katherine to find the other relics from the Moon in order to defeat Pitch. They left Santoff Claussen and arrived in Lamadary to prepare for the upcoming battle.
The Lamas let Ombric use their magnificent clock to search for more clues of the relics’ whereabouts. This instrument records every second of time – like a time machine, but it only gives a person an opportunity to visit and observe the past, not to change it. The concept of time machine such as this really tickles my curiosity on how and when it originated, and why people have thought of it in the first place. This is not the first time I’ve encountered time travelling – I’ve seen it in movies, TV shows, and books.
Anyway, moving on, as I flip one page after another, I become more eager to know as to when E. Aster Bunnymund will appear. It’s as if my wish has been answered because during Ombric’s time travelling, he encounters Bunnymund. That time, little did I know that Bunnymund possesses immense power more than what I expected. He’s more than what he seems.
One would wonder how an Easter Bunny would fit as a member of the Guardians of Childhood. With its fluffy fur, cuddly face, and round eyes, it’s simply not the warrior-type who could defeat Pitch. But lo and behold, in this book, as long as readers believe, anything is possible. William Joyce creates Bunnymund as a powerful hero, eminent in his stance and built, while still incorporating the Easter-related objects such as chocolates, sweets, and most of all, eggs! Readers will evidently be surprised by Bunnymund’s abilities.
Aside from Bunnymund, the author also offers the readers more interesting twists. They will get a glimpse of Pitch’s former life as a human! Compared to the previous book where Pitch is only seen as a villain, I like how William Joyce reveals in this book the past life of Pitch right before he was devoured by the Fearlings. It’s really a surprise knowing his true nature before the darkness invaded him. This somehow makes the story more sympathetic.
I’m impressed by the author’s creativity in forming such a unique storyline. It has depth in it while at the same time, adding humor once in a while, especially the conversations between North and Bunnymund. The illustrations are also epic! They are drawn with such details (shading, lighting, and realistic-looking) that one will be amazed by the outcome of the pictures. If only I could draw like that (I’m a hopeless illustrator, hahaha!).
Overall, the book is quite an enjoyable read. It’s suitable for people young and old. It gives any reader an opportunity to utilize their wild imaginations to explore and take them to exciting adventures with the characters. Furthermore, the book conveys a message that there’s always hope despite the darkness that swallows the surroundings. Friendship is also given importance – that no matter how big or small in size one is, the bond shared between parties is what strengthens and deepens the relationship. I definitely can’t wait for the third installment! What will become of Pitch now?