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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (109 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nils Johnson-Shelton Narrator: Patrick Lawlor Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Otherworld Chronicles Release Date: January 2012 ISBN: 9780062192585
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Part of the spell has already been broken.

The first stones have begun to crumble.

In Artie Kingfisher’s world, wizards named Merlin, fire-breathing dragons, and swords called Excalibur exist only in legends and lore—until the day his video game Otherworld springs to life.

You are special, Arthur,

Says the mysterious message in his game.

In one week’s time you will come to me at the it.

Cryptic clues lead Artie to a strange place called the Invisible Tower, where he discovers that nothing in his life is as it seems. Artie is none other than King Arthur, brought to life in the twenty-first century. Artie has won the battle in the virtual Otherworld—now the key to saving the real Otherworld lies in his hands as well.

Green dragons, hungry wolves, powerful sorcerers—suddenly Artie must battle them all as he wields Excalibur and embarks on a quest worthy of the Knights of the Round Table. With his sister, Kay, by his side, Artie steps into the Otherworld—straight toward his destiny.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Johnson-Shelton’s reinvented Arthurian legend is full of nonstop action and nicely combines the modern world with the famous legend of the once and future king.”

    Children’s Literature

  • “The draw here is the action, and there is plenty of that. As Artie dodges fire spells and enchanted swords, gamers will find themselves reaching for their controllers while they await the series’ next installment.”

    Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

  • Johnson-Shelton tucks plenty of magic, swordplay, monster attacks, and heroic deeds into his trilogy opener…An entertaining quest fantasy—laid-back but far from nonviolent, sprinkled with hints of hidden agendas, and juiced with enough creativity to carry readers happily into future episodes.”


  • “Short, action-packed chapters (each with a cheeky title), funny dialogue, and an amusing trick for pulling wool over the eyes of a parent…make this book a surefire hit with the legions of Rick Riordan fans.”

    School Library Journal

  • “This new take on the Arthurian legends, told in third-person, pits wisecracking contemporary teens with their contemporary banter—‘freaking awesome,’ ‘far out’—against all manner of obstacles: killer tornadoes, dire wolves, a green dragon, an elf, and a wolf-headed man…Always high-spirited and fun.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shruti | 10/27/2013

    " An adventurous story about a present-day reincarnation of the King of Camelot. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Epicbladesmaster | 8/3/2013

    " Good book if you like king Arthur and the round table.And a easy to understand plot.And a good book if you like adventures! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deidre | 6/25/2013

    " I liked it. I was fast paced, and it would be a good book to hand to young boys who like adventure. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily Leathers | 5/10/2013

    " Arc from sfpl friends at fort mason on the day where I also got my transistor shoulder bag from dinomeg in mid 2012. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Allyson | 4/1/2013

    " While not as horrible as a number of other books I have read recently, this simply didn't make the grade. The plot was poorly executed, the dialogue was stilted and uneven, and the pacing left a lot to be desired. How did this get past an editor??? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela | 1/28/2013

    " A cool reimagining of the Arthurian legend! Adventure and magic abound as well as cool technology, family loyalty, and humor. I really like this as an audiobook--the narrator was able to capture each character in a unique and spot-on way! Recommended for a wide variety of readers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracie | 10/12/2012

    " A young boy discovers he is King Arthur returned as he becomes involved in the fight to save both our world and the magical Otherworld. Excellent adventure and bonus for Ohio settings. Will recommend for Percy Jackson fans. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chad | 6/12/2012

    " Just finished this book, and was ready for the rest in the series, but they haven't been published yet since this one was just published in January 2012. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kevin Miller | 2/23/2012

    " I enjoyed the simplicity of this book. The main character was likable and the bits of humor that were thrown in were a nice addition. I also liked the various other characters that were involved. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meghan | 2/15/2012

    " Read this book after the author came to visit my school. While it is not my style I can see why many of my students are very excited to read it. The story is fast-paced and a more modern version of King Arthur. "

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About the Author
Author Nils Johnson-Shelton

Nils Johnson-Shelton is the author of the international bestseller No Angel: My Harrowing Undercover Journey to the Inner Circle of the Hells Angels. He is also the author of the Full Fathom Five series for tweens, Otherworld Chronicles. He lives in Brooklyn with his family.

About the Narrator

Patrick Lawlor, an award-winning narrator, is also an accomplished stage actor, director, and combat choreographer. He has worked extensively off Broadway and has been an actor and stuntman in both film and television. He has been an Audie Award finalist multiple times and has garnered several AudioFile Earphones Awards, a Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Award, and many starred audio reviews from Library Journal and Kirkus Reviews.