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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
The Thirteenth Monk is Book 2 in Tom Hoffman's epic fantasy trilogy, Bartholomew the Adventurer. Oliver T. Rabbit has designed a new Electro-Vacuumator powered device, the Adventurer II. Unlike its somewhat noisy and rather primitive predecessor, the Adventurer II is a sleek and powerful machine that flies. Bartholomew, Emma, Oliver and Edmund the Rabbiton are aboard it on their journey to Pterosaur Valley, where Bruno Rabbit maintained a mysterious house which he gave to Bartholomew along with the Eleventh Ring. Prior to the meeting, Bartholomew and the Tree of Eyes knew Bruno as the Great Tree. When they finally locate Bruno's house, the adventurers learn that their next quest is for the missing Seventh Key.
Tom Hoffman's epic fantasy, The Thirteenth Monk, Bartholomew the Adventurer, Book Two, is, if possible, even better than the first book in the series, The Eleventh Ring. While the author includes enough background information to allow The Thirteenth Monk to be read on its own, I would strongly recommend that readers read the books in order. I was enthralled by this story, most especially with the tale of Edmund the Rabbiton, who has become one of my favorite characters of all time. There's something so compelling about this A2 Rabbiton whose awareness and sense of difference make him more than human (or, should I say, rabbit?) than his other companions. The Thirteenth Monk is a wildly inventive fantasy story with horrific sand worms reminiscent of the denizens of Herbert’s Dune, vast hidden cities from long-lost civilizations and most affable and stalwart companions. It's quite a remarkable work and is most highly recommended.