Publisher: Orchard Books
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Summary (from Goodreads): The final installment of bestselling P. B. Kerr's magical Children of the Lamp series!
Djinn twins John and Philippa are off on another enchanting, and dangerous, adventure in the last book in the bestselling Children of the Lamp series. As volcanoes begin erupting all over the world, spilling golden lava, the twins must go on a hunt for the wicked djinn who wants to rob the grave of the great Genghis Khan. Can the twins stop this latest disaster before the world is overwhelmed?
Join John and Philippa, their parents, Uncle Nimrod, and Groanin as they must defeat an evil more powerful than any they've ever faced before. . . .
My Summary: While on holiday with their uncle Nimrod, djinn twins John and Philippa witness something incredible: a previously dormant volcano erupts, spewing a strange golden substance. As more an more reports flood in from around the world describing a vast amount of these inexplicable events, the twins (and Nimrod and Groanin, of course) are spurred into action, setting off on what will be their final adventure.
My Thoughts: When one of your all-time favourite series ends, you have to grieve a little. You just have to. And an amazing series like this one deserves to be grieved.
Not many people have had the pleasure of reading this series, which is unfortunate. The writing is awesome and intelligent and doesn't make the reader feel 'talked down to' like some children's books. I began reading these books at the age of 9 or 10 and adored them, and to this day I still adore them and laugh at the jokes and the puns. I always loved the way that facts were sprinkled into the novel, teaching you a little something while entertaining you at the same time. These books are pure brilliance, and I am extremely sad to see the end of the series. I'll definitely be re-reading them and passing them on to my 11 year old brother... and then probably to my kids one day!
I adore this series, but that doesn't mean it's without its faults. There were a few loose ends left at the end of this one that irked me... but I think the author may have left them purposely. Who knows?
Final Thoughts: If you're looking for a funny, intelligent series to give to the kids who've outgrown children's novels, this series is for you. It's also great for anyone looking for a refreshing, interesting read. I swear you will not regret picking it up.