I'm going to combine two books for one mini review today. They are The Ironwood Tree and The Wrath of Mulgarath, both written by Tony DiTerlizzie and Holly Black. They are the 4th and 5th books in the Spiderwick Chronicles.
The Ironwood Tree finds the three Grace children (the main characters) enjoying a brief rest from the attack of the fairies. All that ends when Mallory is kidnapped and twins Simon and Jared must rescue her.
The Wrath of Mulgarath opens right after book 4 ends. The Grace kids return home to discover their house a wreck and their mother missing. Can they figure out a way to free her from Mulgarath and end their adventures?
It's hard to talk about these later books in the series without talking about the entire series. The five books in the original cycle form one cohesive story and must be read in order. Having said that, The Ironwood Tree is more a placeholder. It only advances the story at the very end. The Wrath of Mulgarath is action from start to finish and will please any fan of the series. And yes, if you have seen the movie from last year, these two books are very different from what you saw there.