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Reviewed by Michelle Stanley for Readers' Favorite
Snakes and Ladders, Book Two in the Bannister’s Muster series is a pre-teen fantasy by Barbara Gaskell Denvil. Nathan Bannister and his sister, Poppy, travel into a past that’s steeped in danger. They meet with their friends Alice, John Ten-Toes, and Alfie from ancient London who accompany them on their next dangerous adventure. The siblings can’t believe they’re Queen Messina’s children or that Nathan is her successor. But this won’t happen if the tyrannical Hazlett family have their way. The Hazletts are wizards who constantly use their dark powers to prevent Queen Messina’s family from ruling the kingdom of Lashtang. Poppy and Alice are bitten by a poisonous spider while searching for the Cord of Destiny that’s hidden by the Hazletts, and they become ill. Queen Messina attempts to help them, unaware that her efforts could lead to her death by the hand of a traitor.
The title Snakes and Ladders has significant meaning in this gripping sequel to Bannister’s Muster. The magical adventure that began in Book One continues so there is never a dull moment. Barbara Gaskell Denvil made sure of that. New characters like the Epilogs (invisible people) are as interesting as the main ones. Poppy is fearless yet doubts her magical skills. Nathan has matured a lot since learning what his future entails. Children will love the quests or exploits that these kids experience. The plot is filled with danger, fun, laughter, and love. The author writes remarkably well and imaginatively. Snakes and Ladders is a terrific novel for children who like fantasy and lots of action.