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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (346 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jenny Nimmo Narrator: Jon Keating, John Keating Publisher: Scholastic Inc Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Chronicles of the Red King Trilogy Release Date: July 2012 ISBN: 9780545383806
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NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY bestselling author Jenny Nimmo is back with a brand-new series chronicling the origin and the adventures of Charlie Bone's magical ancestor, the Red King!

FORMAT: 5 CDs, Unabridged
NARRATOR: TBA

Timoken is a prince born in a secret kingdom. At his birth, a forest jinni bestows magical gifts upon him: a cloak made by the last moon spider and a potion called Alixir. When the peaceful land is attacked, Timoken and his sister, Zobayda, must find a new kingdom to call home. Together, with only the magical gifts and a talking camel, the siblings set off.

In this brand-new series, bestselling author Jenny Nimmo takes readers on an extraordinary quest with one of her most powerful and mysterious characters, the one who started it all for Charlie Bone and the children of the Red King.
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Quotes & Awards

  • “Timoken is a highly appealing young hero, and his panoply of human and magical friends provide just the right amount of help without stealing the show.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Nimmo pulls out all the stops, creating three main characters with distinct personalities and placing them in an action-packed fantasy with drama, tension, and welcome bits of humor.”

    Booklist

  • “Charlie Bone fans can rest easy knowing that Nimmo does not disappoint as she spins her magical web in this well-paced and expertly crafted tale.”

    School Library Journal

  • “An action-oriented, magical adventure filled with an excellent sense of tension and foreboding.”

    Children’s Literature

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 2/12/2014

    " A fun book about the beginning of the Red King. It was an easier read then most of the youth books that I read. I think that I will read it together with my first grader. I know that he would really like the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carriek | 1/28/2014

    " Shorter than Charlie Bone and Harry Potter, this fantasy series is fast-paced and introduces the story of two orphaned children who must harness their magic abilties in order to survive. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Luann | 1/28/2014

    " This book tells the origin story of the Red King from the Charlie Bone series. We never learned much about his origins during the Charlie Bone books so this book caught my interest when I first saw it. Unfortunately it didn't hold my interest while I was reading it. I had a very easy time putting it down, although I always intended to finish it at some point. There were parts throughout the story that caught my interest, but not enough to carry me through the entire book - even though it is quite short. Although for big Charlie Bone fans there are quite a few references that are fun. I particularly enjoyed learning the origins of the Flames, the three cats in Charlie Bone. I recommend this for those who are huge Charlie Bone fans or huge Jenny Nimmo fans. Don't start with this one, though. Read other Jenny Nimmo books first. 2.5 stars. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nathan | 1/6/2014

    " Glad Nimmo decided to write prequels. I can't wait to see what's next for Charlie's ancestor. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julia Wood | 12/31/2013

    " A quick, easy and delightful read! I loved reading about the Red King and the small snippets on relation to Charlie Bone! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anita | 12/18/2013

    " Admittedly, I listened rather than read it and by that score it was everything I needed it to be. Can't wait for more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fit2bfit | 12/2/2013

    " I loved the Charlie Bone series and was thrilled to see Jenny Nimmo has added these prequels! Delightful story "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Valerie McNamee Earl | 12/2/2013

    " Really more a 3.5. Not sure about flow of story. Care was taken early on and then half way it seemed another story started. Less detail, and more fog. Will look forward to next book, and hope it is a better blend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 11/22/2013

    " Timoken and his sister, Zobayda, under the protection of a forest jinni but pursued by evil viridees, straddle the world of men and the world of enchantments, seeking a home while remaining young by drinking a potion called Alixir. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara | 11/21/2013

    " This was the first time I have read anything by this author and I must say this book is pretty interesting. I liked it a lot and enjoyed the story, now I must wait patiently for the next one in the series to come out. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Allanah | 11/7/2013

    " I loved the book, but I really want to know what happens when they get to the castle! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 11/3/2013

    " I actually liked this one better than most of the Charlie Bone books. Try to get past the prologue, though. It is stupid and boring and barely useful, but the rest of the book is quite good! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kitty | 10/25/2013

    " Lovely tale! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kevin | 10/11/2013

    " I liked the original Charlie Bone books better, but the story was pretty good for this new series. We'll see how book 2 plays out and if the Red King's story can become more interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Roshni | 9/7/2013

    " Chronicles the beginnings of the Red King, interesting information, but nonessential for the rest of the books "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 A Thousand Words Festival | 3/12/2013

    " The Secret Kingdom is a prequel to Nimmo's earlier series Charlie Bone. Although it is junior fiction, all readers of fantasy will love the lilting, magical story that follows Timoken over lands and through hundred of years to find a safe home for himself and his sister. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Clover White | 2/14/2013

    " Pretty good. The plot doesn't always seem to follow logically, but it is full of pretty mental images and good heroes and bad villains. Not bad. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Riri rokie | 12/21/2012

    " sad, action, adventuress "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elyce | 10/27/2012

    " From the sounds of the first chapter, I maybe should have read the Charlie Bone series, but after a few chapters I was fine. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kevin Hodgson | 8/9/2012

    " Doing this one as read-aloud with my son. He loved Charlie Bone, but I found it a bit repetitive. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 M | 7/25/2012

    " This was sweet, although I thought the final fight could have had more gusto. Now I want to go back and read Charlie Bone again; I can't imagine the CB books without little Timoken's back story. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Janet Foxley | 4/9/2012

    " A really weird story with no plot or character development. The protagonist wanders the world for hundreds of years in search of a safe home, his fate entirely dependent on the magic gifts he was given in infancy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharae | 3/10/2012

    " Short and sweet. Fun little book that chronicles the red king before charlie boone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katherine | 5/25/2011

    " I've loved all of Jenny Nimmo's books so far. "

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About the Author
Author Jenny Nimmo

Jenny Nimmo is the author of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling Charlie Bone series as well as Griffin’s Castle, The Dragon’s Child, and the award-winning Magician Trilogy. Several of her books have been awarded and short-listed for the Smarties Prize, the Carnegie Medal, the Whitbread Award, and the WH Smith Mind-Boggling Books Award. She lives with her husband in an old mill in Wales.

About the Narrator

John Keating is an actor, voice talent, and the winner of eight Earphones Awards for audio narration. His numerous acting credits include Roundabout Theatre’s production of Juno and the Paycock and La Mama ETC’s production of Cat and the Moon, as well as various parts with the Irish Repertory Theater and the Irish Arts Center. He can also be seen in the HBO miniseries John Adams, starring Paul Giamatti and Laura Linney.