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Bestselling author P. B. Kerr is back with a fifth book in his highly imaginative and magical CHILDREN OF THE LAMP series! In their latest adventure, John and Philippa Gaunt find themselves tangled up in a spellbinding mystery that takes them deep into the heart of the Amazon jungle in book five of the NY TIMES bestselling Children of the Lamp series. When a collection of I Bestselling author P. B. Kerr is back with a fifth book in his highly imaginative and magical CHILDREN OF THE LAMP series! In their latest adventure, John and Philippa Gaunt find themselves tangled up in a spellbinding mystery that takes them deep into the heart of the Amazon jungle in book five of the NY TIMES bestselling Children of the Lamp series. When a collection of Incan artifacts goes missing, the Blue Djinn of Babylon dispatches the twins and Uncle Nimrod to recover them. Along the way, though, John and Philippa encounter their friend Dybbuk, who was drained of his djinn powers but is determined to get them back.


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Bestselling author P. B. Kerr is back with a fifth book in his highly imaginative and magical CHILDREN OF THE LAMP series! In their latest adventure, John and Philippa Gaunt find themselves tangled up in a spellbinding mystery that takes them deep into the heart of the Amazon jungle in book five of the NY TIMES bestselling Children of the Lamp series. When a collection of I Bestselling author P. B. Kerr is back with a fifth book in his highly imaginative and magical CHILDREN OF THE LAMP series! In their latest adventure, John and Philippa Gaunt find themselves tangled up in a spellbinding mystery that takes them deep into the heart of the Amazon jungle in book five of the NY TIMES bestselling Children of the Lamp series. When a collection of Incan artifacts goes missing, the Blue Djinn of Babylon dispatches the twins and Uncle Nimrod to recover them. Along the way, though, John and Philippa encounter their friend Dybbuk, who was drained of his djinn powers but is determined to get them back.

30 review for The Eye of the Forest

  1. 5 out of 5

    Darth J

    So many things to talk about in this review. One of the things that really irked me throughout the series so far is the fact that the butler Groanin could make these ridiculously erroneous comments about other cultures. The author at least has him admit something the rest of the audience knew: "Groanin, you're a racist," said Nimrod. "Yes, sir," said Groanin. p. 307 None of the other characters bat an eye at this admission. Perhaps it's because these books perpetuate the trope of the genius kids and So many things to talk about in this review. One of the things that really irked me throughout the series so far is the fact that the butler Groanin could make these ridiculously erroneous comments about other cultures. The author at least has him admit something the rest of the audience knew: "Groanin, you're a racist," said Nimrod. "Yes, sir," said Groanin. p. 307 None of the other characters bat an eye at this admission. Perhaps it's because these books perpetuate the trope of the genius kids and the idiot adults, which is everywhere these days. The audience is supposed to believe that 12 year olds just know everything about organic chemistry and particle physics. If this were a Disney Channel show, the kids would yell out the end of their comments like it was a witty punch-line. A sub-plot of this novel is the mother (who lost her body in a crazy volcano accident in the previous book) co-opting the body of the maid (who is dead??) and then going to Brazil to get extensive plastic surgery to look like her body that was destroyed. Then the dad (who is just a regular human) all of a sudden has a back story about him being interested in stage magic since he was a kid - enough to have always hidden a paperclip in some skin fold in his foot. Dybbuk somehow cuts the good djinn side from his bad djinn side and the bad Dybbuk (kills??) the other side. The rest of the plot is predicated on the Incas having access to nuclear technology back in the ancient day and creating the myth of El Dorado to lure the Conquistadors to an atomic death. I'm just going to let Sheldon give a look of haughty derision on this one:

  2. 4 out of 5

    Seth Braybrook

    The Eye of the Forest by P.B. Kerr is the fifth book of The Children of the Lamp series. It is another exciting adventure about genies or “Djinn”, as they like to be called. The two main characters of the book are John and Philippa Gaunt. The two children are twins and they live in New York City. The twins often help their Uncle Nimrod solve mysteries involving magic. Shortly into the book the twins and their Uncle Nimrod are sent on a magical mission to find some stolen ancient Incan artifacts The Eye of the Forest by P.B. Kerr is the fifth book of The Children of the Lamp series. It is another exciting adventure about genies or “Djinn”, as they like to be called. The two main characters of the book are John and Philippa Gaunt. The two children are twins and they live in New York City. The twins often help their Uncle Nimrod solve mysteries involving magic. Shortly into the book the twins and their Uncle Nimrod are sent on a magical mission to find some stolen ancient Incan artifacts. Their search leads them to the Amazon jungle where they discover that whoever stole the artifacts isn’t your average thief, but a mesmerist aided by two djinn. The twins have to test their magical abilities in order to escape the jungle alive because the thief is leaving traps behind to stop them. The djinn have to stop the thieves from performing a ritual that will destroy the world. Will the twins stop the thief before it is too late? If you like magic and mystery then this is a great book for you. It is full of twists and turns in the plot and is difficult to put down. Although it is over four hundred pages in length it is a quick read and easy to understand. The author is very good at portraying his ideas through writing and makes every chapter better than the last. I also loved the drama, the humor and the way the author makes magic seem like it could be real. The Eye of the Forest is a great book for everyone and I recommend it.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Shane

    This installment is far and away the best in the series. Earlier books felt like they were action sequence after action sequence designed to keep ADD/ADHD kids from losing interest. This one, feels more like a well written and well developed story. If you need the stolen head of Pizarro, a guide with a shrunken head and a killer tattoo, or a war between two armies where the combatants are already dead...this is the story for you. Philippa and John travel to South America with Uncle Nimrod, his t This installment is far and away the best in the series. Earlier books felt like they were action sequence after action sequence designed to keep ADD/ADHD kids from losing interest. This one, feels more like a well written and well developed story. If you need the stolen head of Pizarro, a guide with a shrunken head and a killer tattoo, or a war between two armies where the combatants are already dead...this is the story for you. Philippa and John travel to South America with Uncle Nimrod, his trusty butler Gronin, and some new friends to solve the mystery of the Eye of the Forest before an unknown person can bring about the end of the world. These stories feel almost like the Disney True Life Adventures that they used to show when I was in grade school. Much like those videos took us to places we hadn't seen before and gave us insights into the lives of exotic animals, these stories take us into cultures we don't normally get to learn about. I had wondered for a while if that wasn't my Mirimax(owned by Disney)was printing these, as a True Life Adventures competitor to Harry Potter. But, it appears that Steven Spielberg and Dreamworks have optioned the series instead, but it was a great theory while it lasted.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Doris

    It took me a while to articulate exactly what I did not like about this book, but overall it is to me the worst of the series. Taking in mind that it was written for children, it still seems a bit creepy and unfocused, with very good acts not really countered with bad acts, and a lot of zombies and reanimated ancients battling for no true reason (but aren't most battles for no true reason?) Read on for a spoiler which almost made me drop this series of books from my reading list. (view spoiler)[Mr It took me a while to articulate exactly what I did not like about this book, but overall it is to me the worst of the series. Taking in mind that it was written for children, it still seems a bit creepy and unfocused, with very good acts not really countered with bad acts, and a lot of zombies and reanimated ancients battling for no true reason (but aren't most battles for no true reason?) Read on for a spoiler which almost made me drop this series of books from my reading list. (view spoiler)[Mrs Gaunt (the Twin's mother) is killed in a freak accident in the Pacific, but does not truly die. She instead travels home as an albatross, where she possesses the body of her housekeeper, throwing that poor woman out. Even though the woman was weak, that felt like an evil act. Then, to compound the horror and enhance the stupidity, she takes a binding oath and relinquishes her djinn power to please her husband. The man did not deserve her if he could not accept what she was, and this reeks of the 19th century. (hide spoiler)]

  5. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    I wasn't as impressed with this one as I was with the others. I think it's about time to bring the series to a close. First of all, this book gives new meaning to the phrase "deus ex machina". I mean, some of the stuff just happened out of nowhere! Philippa's strawberry shoes, etc. Also, so much random stuff happened that it detracted from the overall plot. And was it just me, or was the constant repition of phrases like fingernails on a chalkboard? I was so sick of reading "Sicky's head may hav I wasn't as impressed with this one as I was with the others. I think it's about time to bring the series to a close. First of all, this book gives new meaning to the phrase "deus ex machina". I mean, some of the stuff just happened out of nowhere! Philippa's strawberry shoes, etc. Also, so much random stuff happened that it detracted from the overall plot. And was it just me, or was the constant repition of phrases like fingernails on a chalkboard? I was so sick of reading "Sicky's head may have been small, but... (fill in something random). Worth reading, but the others were much better.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ryan Devlin

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. So, here we are in the 5 books in this series and...oy. It’s a bit of a stretch for me to find parts I enjoyed but I can’t say there weren’t any. My major complaints are how glaring the plot holes where; Ms. Trump's spirit now not occupying the shared body with Layla, Mr. Gronnins arms once again only stating how it’s one arm made to be stronger when the third book clearly stated how both arms were now stronger and, most odd of all, Johns kind of odd way of being malicious to Zadie. Enjoyable par So, here we are in the 5 books in this series and...oy. It’s a bit of a stretch for me to find parts I enjoyed but I can’t say there weren’t any. My major complaints are how glaring the plot holes where; Ms. Trump's spirit now not occupying the shared body with Layla, Mr. Gronnins arms once again only stating how it’s one arm made to be stronger when the third book clearly stated how both arms were now stronger and, most odd of all, Johns kind of odd way of being malicious to Zadie. Enjoyable parts were the travel up to the hidden city and the story of Incan Djinn but it’s really clearly shown how this book's main story was in trying to fill in plot holes...which it didn’t do very well. Buck and the duplicity issue is never explored till now where his two sides of good and evil are now physical to each other...and suddenly his ability to beat back the wish thing that reversed wishes. The amount of McGuffins in this book are also nuts! Suddenly the gifted shoes from the fourth book are supper powerful and then about as quick thrown away (literally). I miss Mr. Rakshashas but I don't miss him enough to warrant an Obi-Won Force Ghost appearance from him so soon after his death, and only to be explained as ”oh I did a thing a while ago and made a voice message for you!”. Kinda insulting really. It’s understandable that the djinn would have an idea of how molecular stuff works since that’s what they sue to change the world around them but are you seriously going to convince me that the bad guys would be so dense as to not heed the warning of Nicolas Armageddon?!? And Mr. Gronnin now being reduced to a really awful man with the author even acknowledging it. In the previous books, he was just a whiner (aptly named too) but in this one, he flat goes over the line into racism and is called out by Nimrod and never addressed again. And forcing Layla to renounce her powers, again, isn’t even supposed to work! We established in the Blue Djinn that her being back up to snuff wouldn’t mean anything if she made another promise. So what’s different about this one? The verbiage? If that’s the case then she still left a loophole for her to get it back of Edward Gaunt lets her! Let’s also talk about that the only reason she’s doing this is that she knows how her husband is afraid of her. Instead of talking about it, she just renounced her power again, which shouldn’t work as I said! I fully intend to keep reading the books but who boy am I hoping this gets better soon. So far, the only thing saving this is that I want to see what happens and clearly these books' purpose was to see up the next in the series. Otherwise I can't see this as being any near important to read if not for some of the plot elements introduced (instead of continued) in this book.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sherry Ellis

    In this fifth installment of the Children of the Lamp series, djinn twins, John and Philippa find themselves in the Amazon jungle where they need to track down stolen Incan artifacts. If they can't do it in time, it could mean the end of the world. The Eye of the Forest is a fast-paced adventure with twists and turns around every corner. The author has a terrific imagination to come up with so many elaborate scenes: giant centipedes, boa constrictors, poisonous dart-spewing plants, and armies of In this fifth installment of the Children of the Lamp series, djinn twins, John and Philippa find themselves in the Amazon jungle where they need to track down stolen Incan artifacts. If they can't do it in time, it could mean the end of the world. The Eye of the Forest is a fast-paced adventure with twists and turns around every corner. The author has a terrific imagination to come up with so many elaborate scenes: giant centipedes, boa constrictors, poisonous dart-spewing plants, and armies of dead Incas and Spanish conquistadors fighting each other. Littered throughout the story is a good dose of humor and some interesting factoids. With a cast of colorful characters and lots of action, this is a book that middle-grade readers will enjoy. -Sherry Ellis, author of Bubba and Squirt's Big Dig to China

  8. 4 out of 5

    Daisy

    If the one word to sum up the previous book in this series was weird, this one (which thankfully has a more logical title) would probably be gross, and if I had to think of a second; annoying - that's because what with Groanin and Nimrod's racist and offensive comments, names on every page that are either impossible to pronounce or embarrassingly bad puns, and the fact that the author can't seem to ever make it clear if a character is dead or gone or what - this book can drive you crazy if you l If the one word to sum up the previous book in this series was weird, this one (which thankfully has a more logical title) would probably be gross, and if I had to think of a second; annoying - that's because what with Groanin and Nimrod's racist and offensive comments, names on every page that are either impossible to pronounce or embarrassingly bad puns, and the fact that the author can't seem to ever make it clear if a character is dead or gone or what - this book can drive you crazy if you let it. Thankfully, I think I can say that I managed to not let it, and really enjoyed it. (Gross because some of the things the characters ate almost made me want to throw up, although I guess gross doesn't really sum up the whole book, just those few chapters in the middle that grossed me out!) The book started off with a cool quote in the prologue, which was nice and I thought it related to the rest of the book. Then, almost at once, things started to go weird. (view spoiler)[It was really not explained if Mrs. Trump (the housekeeper) is ever coming back or not, but now at the end of this book, I'll have to assume she's not? It bothers me that these supposedly 'good' family of djinn aren't at all bothered that their housekeeper (a woman they seemed very close to) is now gone where she can't come back and she never even had a funeral or any goodbye of any kind. I mean, the poor woman, her body is now in full possession by a woman she thought was her friend, and now Layla's gone and got plastic surgery so Mrs. Trump's body now looks like her own old one. Does the author want every kid reading this to hate Layla Gaunt? Because I doubt any child would still have any affection for her after this. Yes, technically Mrs. Trump isn't using her body, but it's still highly disrespectful and I found it sort of inhuman for Layla to do such a thing (yes, I know technically she isn't human, but does it matter?) This part of the book was so weird and I'm left wondering why P.B. Kerr ever wrote Mrs. Trump's character in in the way he did if this is the sort of end she's getting. (hide spoiler)] In the next part of the story, I started to feel like all of the djinn friends John and Phillipa had were leaving their old personalities and going a bit strange (Dybbuk, Faustina for example). So when Zadie came along I was determined to like her. She turned out to be pretty rude, and definitely didn't bring out John and Groanin's best sides, in any sense. In the end the storyline with her was interesting, but I felt that maybe the author could have done better. (view spoiler)[Plus, this whole 'good tribe bad tribe' thing is getting totally ridiculous. John didn't believe Zadie had been a traitor to them just because she's from a 'good' tribe of djinn - don't the djinn have prime control over their own actions then? And, while I'm on the subject, since when has Virgil McCreeby been marked as an evil character anyway? I always just thought he was some mild character that was nothing more than unlikable, yet the characters now seem to think that if somebody is working with him they must be evil. (hide spoiler)] I quite liked it when the characters went on their expedition to the Amazon rainforest, and it was amusing and interesting. The tour guide, Sicky (another stupid name), was a cool character, and I liked him, however, it became extremely repetitive (not to mention very annoying) the way everyone kept asking him how he was feeling, just so he could reply with "Sick, very sick." I think the author may have been trying to be amusing with this, but it was just made me want to throw the book across the room in frustration. Another thing that got me grinding my teeth was the constant use of the sentence: "Sicky's head may have been unusually small but there was nothing wrong with his _______" At which point there would be a reference to something that was going on at the time, like "..there was nothing wrong with his social skills/eyesight/sense of direction . . . etc." The part leading up to the end was fine, funny in places, annoying at others, and there was the occasional section which did kinda make me feel as if I would die if I stopped reading - lol - but it was the final part of the book that made me almost forget all the bad stuff before and debate about giving it a 5 star rating . . . The end was so epic, and I loved it. (view spoiler)[OK, so the defeat of Virgil McCreeby was way too easy and not written well, but the bit with Dybbuk was great, in my opinion. (hide spoiler)] It was little bit of a cliffhanger yet still a nice, subtle ending. Not to mention the brilliant finishing line which was pure genius! This book does have many faults, and I might just have a really poor memory but some parts I found really hard to follow. I don't know, maybe it's just me but it took me a while at the end of the book to realize who Manco Capac was again. I don't think the author did a very good job of making sure the reader remembered him and his story, and he mentions too many random people from history that makes it really hard to remember who they all are anyway. (view spoiler)[The return of Mr. Rakshasas was so cool and unexpected and I'm really looking forward to seeing where the storyline with his character goes! (hide spoiler)] Overall, this book was quite good. It was an intriguing mystery and a cool adventure, and I'm definitely looking forward to reading about John and Phillipa's next adventure, and I'm dying to know how this series is going to wrap up! (Won't be long now until the end, and I so need to know what happens!) I'm really hoping the next two books in this series live up to this one and don't let me down!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    Just re-discovered why childhood me did not continue reading this series. The first book (from what I remember from THIRD GRADE) was good. But anytime the twins mother was involved, things got downright *disturbing*. The entire plot of this book is her disembodied soul shedding the mortal body she borrowed/stole/took from someone who was braindead. Can you say...EW. Why?! We've got two Djinn kid main characters! Literally there must be SOMETHING else to write a story about. Let's just say, my four Just re-discovered why childhood me did not continue reading this series. The first book (from what I remember from THIRD GRADE) was good. But anytime the twins mother was involved, things got downright *disturbing*. The entire plot of this book is her disembodied soul shedding the mortal body she borrowed/stole/took from someone who was braindead. Can you say...EW. Why?! We've got two Djinn kid main characters! Literally there must be SOMETHING else to write a story about. Let's just say, my fourth-grade self knew what was up.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

    The book I read was good as I found it interesting and enjoyed the fictional events that took place in the book. Some good things about it was the fictional things that occurred throughout the book. It was funny when they changed into different animals and their reactions

  11. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I zoomed through the previous children of the lamp books. But this one had me stuck for several months. Spoiler alert: for me the big insects and animals were off putting. Finally was able to finish the book but I did not enjoy it as much as the previous ones.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Heise

    Full of stereotypes, loose ends, stupidity-- not worth it.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Thevindu Kalubowila

    A good story for young fellas. One of my favourite.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Leslie

    The bent on history got too politically correct in this one... Leave the politics out please.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Janice

    Twins look into an ancient Incan legend.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sparkle32

    I like the book. It is possibly the best, because it has even better plots. It makes you want to read it, and gets you interested. In the end, you want to read the next book.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca H

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The intended audience of this book are people who like magic and fantasy, or who just want an easy and fun read. The main issue was that someone made it look like they discovered the Eye of the Forest - a mysterious door in the jungle - which supposedly leads to something that could make the world end. The good guys have to go and make sure that that doesn't happen. The time setting of this book could probably change, but the places were importan. They were in the forest most of the time, the t The intended audience of this book are people who like magic and fantasy, or who just want an easy and fun read. The main issue was that someone made it look like they discovered the Eye of the Forest - a mysterious door in the jungle - which supposedly leads to something that could make the world end. The good guys have to go and make sure that that doesn't happen. The time setting of this book could probably change, but the places were importan. They were in the forest most of the time, the title of the book included "Forest" and the book would have been completely different if it had taken place in a different setting. John and Philippa are the main protagonists, and they are twins, both djinns, and clever. The main antagonist was Virgil McCreeby, who was very strange and sly. John and Philippa were staying with Mr. Vodyannoy, a friend, for a little while. They met Zadie, another djinn, who made them promise to take her on their next adventure. Someone broke into two museums and stole three gold discs and a staff. Then, in the newspapers, there is a picture of a door in the forest, which led the Blue Djinn into thinking that bad djinn found it and could cause the end of the world. So she sent John, Philippa, Uncle Nimrod, Mr. Vodyannoy, and Groanin to solve the problem. They find out that Zadie is a spy for the notorious Virgil McCreeby and Dybbuk. They travel past giant millipedes, head-hunting indians, and many other things so they can stop McCreeby. They convince him that the ritual he is planning to do with the gold discs and staff will cause the end of the world, but it is harder to do so with Dybbuk. In the end, they stop the end of the world, save the twins' dad, but Dybbuk good side dies and he becomes more evil than ever. I liked that the book had interesting twists and turns, but it was a little weird. On page 222, it said, "As Philippa plunged down the huge underground shaft she wished for - what else? - a parachute." And on page 100, it said "This chichai is homemade. Muddy makes it with his own spit, right, Muddy?" I decided the theme was Those who are greedy often get bad consequences, because of what happened to Dybbuk. I would recommend this book to people who like fantasy, books about kids, and basically anyone else. Something unique about the book is that the main characters are genies, and not many books take place in a jungle with monstrously huge and dangerous creatures.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ronah

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Mr. Gaunt is kidnapped. John and Philippa were at Mr. Vodyannoy's other house. Also, no djinn power can be used in the house. John daringly goes to see the talking boards in the east wing to try to contact Mr. Rakshasas' spirit, but he awakens an ancient Incan named Manco Capac instead. The news then shows a picture of a door shaped like an eye in the Peruvian forests that leads to...nowhere. Nimrod says that it's the Eye of the Forest and leads to a place that could cause the end of the world. T Mr. Gaunt is kidnapped. John and Philippa were at Mr. Vodyannoy's other house. Also, no djinn power can be used in the house. John daringly goes to see the talking boards in the east wing to try to contact Mr. Rakshasas' spirit, but he awakens an ancient Incan named Manco Capac instead. The news then shows a picture of a door shaped like an eye in the Peruvian forests that leads to...nowhere. Nimrod says that it's the Eye of the Forest and leads to a place that could cause the end of the world. They bring Zadie Eloko with them. The three go through the door, keeping back the others by showing them a video that their father is kidnapped. Nimrod connects the dots and realizes that the disks are really polonium, lithium, and steel. The staff has a rod made of pure uranium. These could cause a nuclear explosion. A piece of uranium the size of a baseball destroyed Hiroshima—But if it is bigger the whole world could blow up. They decide to follow after sending Layla a message through djinnternal mail. The rod without the polonium is dropped, there will be no explosion, but only deadly radiation instead.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Anna Elsa

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I really liked it and have few bad to say about this book. The only thing I thought was a downside was that it started kind of slow but at one point it just took off and I got through it in no time. It started when Mrs Gunt, in the body of her housekeeper, Mrs Trum decides to get her old body by going to Brazil where her body can be fixed so that it will be hers again, the reason for this is because her family has treater her as if she was just the family housemaid and her original body was burn I really liked it and have few bad to say about this book. The only thing I thought was a downside was that it started kind of slow but at one point it just took off and I got through it in no time. It started when Mrs Gunt, in the body of her housekeeper, Mrs Trum decides to get her old body by going to Brazil where her body can be fixed so that it will be hers again, the reason for this is because her family has treater her as if she was just the family housemaid and her original body was burned to dust. Meanwhile the twins go to a Djinnverso tournament and there are confronted by the Blue Djinn Faustina that they must go into the Amazon and both plant trees to restore balance to the earth but also to seek out a prophocy that might uccur in the following days because the Eye to the ancient city El Dorato has reportatly been found. Joining them on the trip is a fellow Djinn named Zadie who is more than a burden rather than to be of any help.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Mr

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book is 423 pages long. This is a good book. This book is about when two young djinn soon get involved in a prophecy involving the end of the world. To prevent this they must travel to the Amazon Rainforest and locate the eye of the forest. There are difficulties on the way made by another young djinn that turns out to be working for someone with greedy motives that may end up endangering the whole world. Someone who always seemed to have a split personality a good one and a bad one will be This book is 423 pages long. This is a good book. This book is about when two young djinn soon get involved in a prophecy involving the end of the world. To prevent this they must travel to the Amazon Rainforest and locate the eye of the forest. There are difficulties on the way made by another young djinn that turns out to be working for someone with greedy motives that may end up endangering the whole world. Someone who always seemed to have a split personality a good one and a bad one will be split apart literally. Jake Yamada

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jenne

    Continuing the marvelous adventure in this 5th installment, twin djinn, Philippa and John Gaunt, find themselves in the midst of a new adventure! Along with their Uncle Nimrod and his unhappy butler, the twins must go deep into the Amazon on the trail of the greedy wizard Virgil Mccreedy in search of the eye of the forest, a fabled gateway to the lost Inca City of Gold. But all is not what it seems. Clues suggested that the way to the city is booby-trapped or false trails have been left by the In Continuing the marvelous adventure in this 5th installment, twin djinn, Philippa and John Gaunt, find themselves in the midst of a new adventure! Along with their Uncle Nimrod and his unhappy butler, the twins must go deep into the Amazon on the trail of the greedy wizard Virgil Mccreedy in search of the eye of the forest, a fabled gateway to the lost Inca City of Gold. But all is not what it seems. Clues suggested that the way to the city is booby-trapped or false trails have been left by the Incas and what about that prophecy that twin djinns will destroy the world?

  22. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    I wasn't as impressed with this one as I was with some earlier installments; I suppose I didn't appreciate the environmentalist overtones and wasn't drawn in by the rain forest setting or some of the plot elements. Still, it's pretty well written, the characters continue to be engaging, and there were some fun and even affecting scenes. (A certain conversation between Dybbuk and the shade of Mr. Rakshasas and another between Mr. and Mrs. Gaunt come to mind.) I'm still happy to follow this series I wasn't as impressed with this one as I was with some earlier installments; I suppose I didn't appreciate the environmentalist overtones and wasn't drawn in by the rain forest setting or some of the plot elements. Still, it's pretty well written, the characters continue to be engaging, and there were some fun and even affecting scenes. (A certain conversation between Dybbuk and the shade of Mr. Rakshasas and another between Mr. and Mrs. Gaunt come to mind.) I'm still happy to follow this series.

  23. 5 out of 5

    J. Else

    This book gets back to what I loved about the series. It began to dwindle a little bit, but this book was a stellar return to all that I loved about the first books. Tons of twists and turns, excellent plot development, and very enjoyable. I am not the biggest fan of the partial deux ex machina ending, but I find that there is one of those in each more recent book. I look forward to another book with anticipation and high hopes! There were a few questions left in the end...

  24. 5 out of 5

    Colleen

    It took me a long time to read this book which is weird because I loved the series and flew though the first four novels. I still liked this book but I wouldn't read it again. I seemed to get bogged down in the middle of the book. It didn't quite have the excitement that the first four book had but overall it is a novel worth reading once. Oh well, I guess Philip Kerr doesn't have to nail it all the time. It took me a long time to read this book which is weird because I loved the series and flew though the first four novels. I still liked this book but I wouldn't read it again. I seemed to get bogged down in the middle of the book. It didn't quite have the excitement that the first four book had but overall it is a novel worth reading once. Oh well, I guess Philip Kerr doesn't have to nail it all the time.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Sara B.

    This book is really awesome! Its about 2 kids called John and Phillipa who have special powers and like to save the world. Their friend Dybbuk turned evil after he lost his special powers, and they are looking for him in the jungle before he does something very bad. With flesh eating flowers, strangling ropes, and more, John and Philippa's journey will turn very perilous. Can they survive to help Dybbuk? Read THE EYE OF THE FOREST by P.B. Kerr! This book is really awesome! Its about 2 kids called John and Phillipa who have special powers and like to save the world. Their friend Dybbuk turned evil after he lost his special powers, and they are looking for him in the jungle before he does something very bad. With flesh eating flowers, strangling ropes, and more, John and Philippa's journey will turn very perilous. Can they survive to help Dybbuk? Read THE EYE OF THE FOREST by P.B. Kerr!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Marissa

    This is probably the best one besides #4. You do learn a lot and it is filled with lots of humor and another amazing adventure. P.B Kerr is really good as a author and I highly recommend this book to everyone. This may look like a little kids' book from the cover but don't underestimate it. This is such a good book! This is probably the best one besides #4. You do learn a lot and it is filled with lots of humor and another amazing adventure. P.B Kerr is really good as a author and I highly recommend this book to everyone. This may look like a little kids' book from the cover but don't underestimate it. This is such a good book!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    In this part of the series, John and Phillipa are off to find the eye of the forest, and ancient door leading to a mythical city. The question is whether or not it's that mythical. The twins meet new friends, lose some old ones, and have new and exciting magical experiences. I love reading about what happens to them! In this part of the series, John and Phillipa are off to find the eye of the forest, and ancient door leading to a mythical city. The question is whether or not it's that mythical. The twins meet new friends, lose some old ones, and have new and exciting magical experiences. I love reading about what happens to them!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    It took me a long time to read this book. It wasn't as engaging to me as the other books in the series. Maybe I have attention deficency problems, like another reviewer mentioned. I did like this book. I love the imagination the author has! I am curious if there will be another book in the series. It took me a long time to read this book. It wasn't as engaging to me as the other books in the series. Maybe I have attention deficency problems, like another reviewer mentioned. I did like this book. I love the imagination the author has! I am curious if there will be another book in the series.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Brett

    Continues to be highly enjoyable adventure with great humor, always sly, but sometimes verging on the goofy, sometimes verging on the gross (after all, this is a middle-grade book.) The characters continue to be great, especially John & Phillippa, & Nimrod & Groanin. Ends with an obvious new enemy for the next installment, which I hope comes soon.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Iskreads

    I loved this book. It just kept getting more and more interesting as you read through it. This book is filled with magical adventures of the to twins Philippa and John. They have something called djinn powers that are very powerful. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves adventure books with magic. If you read the whole series it's better. I loved this book. It just kept getting more and more interesting as you read through it. This book is filled with magical adventures of the to twins Philippa and John. They have something called djinn powers that are very powerful. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves adventure books with magic. If you read the whole series it's better.

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