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Reviewed by Janelle Fila for Readers' Favorite
The Hidden City of Chelldrah-ham: War of Chaos (Volume 2) by Stephan von Clinkerhoffen is a young adult fantasy about friends Stig, Arn, and Baits. They are on a very important mission to Polandrea, to decide if the Bach creatures are a danger to the town of Chelldrah-ham. However, Stig plans on rescuing his other friend, Meg, who is also in the area of Polandrea. But he must learn the Bach's secrets if he wants to rescue Meg. Meanwhile, Baits is also on a secondary mission: to find signs of the Guard of Old's missing leader, Lillet. When the three friends discover what seems like recent battles, Chelldrah-ham begins preparations for war. The three friends use their inventions and their bond of friendship to survive an incredible journey through a dark and dangerous land.
The Hidden City of Chelldrah-ham is a very fun young adult fantasy that explores friendship. I really enjoyed the characters of Stig, Arn, and Baits, and how the three relied on each other to survive on their journey. I was particularly impressed with the way Stephan von Clinkerhoffen used the friendship of Meg to move the plot forward and give the other characters, especially Stig, a deep investment within this story. It is an investment that fantasy readers will have as well, since The Hidden City of Chelldrah-ham is a fun, action-filled adventure that is sure to please. There are incredible weapons, mystical creatures, and a nice touch of fantasy inspired artwork to make this story magical.