In this third, and final, book in the Chronicles of the Red King series, Jenny Nimmo skips us through time by many years to introduce us to Timoken's children. Timoken and his friends are living peaceably in his magical castle in the forest, which they can hide from their enemies through a series of invisibility spells. The castle itself grows as needed through the help of the Ancestors that Timoken can conjure. Timoken's powerful magical endowments have passed down to his children, and they take a variety of forms.
Once again, the forces of evil threaten the life of the good King Timoken and those who live in his castle. However, evil can sometimes capture the hearts of those closest to the good, and the king may not know who to trust. His young sons, Petrello and Tolemeo must reach within themselves to find their gifts in time to save the kingdom.
Leopard's Gold (Lexile: 700; Interest Level: Grades 3-6) brings us an ultimate battle between good and evil and sets up the characters for the Charlie Bone series. Again, fantasy lovers and Charlie Bone fans will enjoy this adventure. (352 p.)
One of the reasons I became an elementary school librarian is so I can read children's books.