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The final thrilling installment of the NYT-bestselling Land of Elyon trilogy! The Land of Elyon has begun to fail, poisoned by the evil that creeps across the Dark Hills and into Bridewell. As she moves toward a thrilling conclusion, Alexa must find a way to overcome the Lonely Sea, rescue Yipes from the clutches of Victor Grindall, and unlock the mystery of the Tenth City. B The final thrilling installment of the NYT-bestselling Land of Elyon trilogy! The Land of Elyon has begun to fail, poisoned by the evil that creeps across the Dark Hills and into Bridewell. As she moves toward a thrilling conclusion, Alexa must find a way to overcome the Lonely Sea, rescue Yipes from the clutches of Victor Grindall, and unlock the mystery of the Tenth City. But can she find the answers she needs in time to save The Land of Elyon?


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The final thrilling installment of the NYT-bestselling Land of Elyon trilogy! The Land of Elyon has begun to fail, poisoned by the evil that creeps across the Dark Hills and into Bridewell. As she moves toward a thrilling conclusion, Alexa must find a way to overcome the Lonely Sea, rescue Yipes from the clutches of Victor Grindall, and unlock the mystery of the Tenth City. B The final thrilling installment of the NYT-bestselling Land of Elyon trilogy! The Land of Elyon has begun to fail, poisoned by the evil that creeps across the Dark Hills and into Bridewell. As she moves toward a thrilling conclusion, Alexa must find a way to overcome the Lonely Sea, rescue Yipes from the clutches of Victor Grindall, and unlock the mystery of the Tenth City. But can she find the answers she needs in time to save The Land of Elyon?

30 review for The Tenth City

  1. 5 out of 5

    Shantelle

    The Tenth City was a nice third book to THE LAND OF ELYON series! I didn't love it as much as the first book, but it was better than Beyond the Valley of Thorns, Book Two. Adventure awaits! Mysteries and secrets abound! It was exciting (and scary at times) to journey with Alexa and her group of unlikely friends as they face one danger and trial after the next. Murphy, of course, is great! *grins* He's a favorite character. I also have grown to like the giant a lot. I couldn't believe the betraya The Tenth City was a nice third book to THE LAND OF ELYON series! I didn't love it as much as the first book, but it was better than Beyond the Valley of Thorns, Book Two. Adventure awaits! Mysteries and secrets abound! It was exciting (and scary at times) to journey with Alexa and her group of unlikely friends as they face one danger and trial after the next. Murphy, of course, is great! *grins* He's a favorite character. I also have grown to like the giant a lot. I couldn't believe the betrayal!! But of course, things are not always as they seem! The Christian allegory of this series continues to get bigger, and better. There were some profound moments. Some wonderful, spiritual lessons and the like. Overall, really enjoyed this book! At some points, I did really feel the fact that it was "childrens", and kind of got bored because I wanted to read something more "adult" and deep. But soon, the mysteries and action would have me intrigued again! *smiles* A warning, there is violence and some gore, through the course of THE LAND OF ELYON series, but overall it's great, adventurous fantasy for children/teen! (And older!) I look forward to reading the last book, Stargazer!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kogiopsis

    URGHHHHHH. I still feel kinda guilty coming back to these books and disliking them this strongly, since it really was something I loved as a kid but... let's not mince words, okay? They're just not good. Forget the religious aspects (actually, we'll come back to that): the writing is... bad. The pacing is bad; the first person narrator routinely withholds information from the reader; there's so much 'telling instead of showing' that it pains me; the characters have very little in the way of perso URGHHHHHH. I still feel kinda guilty coming back to these books and disliking them this strongly, since it really was something I loved as a kid but... let's not mince words, okay? They're just not good. Forget the religious aspects (actually, we'll come back to that): the writing is... bad. The pacing is bad; the first person narrator routinely withholds information from the reader; there's so much 'telling instead of showing' that it pains me; the characters have very little in the way of personality and pretty much nothing in the way of growth... it's just weak all the way through. Personally, I find plotlines that are moved by characters denying other characters information bad enough. It leads to messy misunderstanding plots that could have been solved by clear communication - but this isn't even that! This is a first person narrator refusing to explain things to the reader, and it's massively worse. It makes it completely impossible for Carman to pull of a 'surprising but inevitable' reveal, because he chooses not to give actual clues. The reader is forced to be a passive participant, instead of actively trying to guess at the resolution of the plot, because there isn't enough to work with here! (This is also one of the problems I've had with BBC Sherlock in the past - the resolution always depended on information the audience was never actually given.) There's one other significant very dubious writing decision going on here. I don't really care about spoilers, but just in case someone stumbles across this who does: (view spoiler)[I'm still frustrated that Warvold's death was retconned in the second book, and this book's weaknesses really clarified why it bugs me so much. The first book's strength was largely in Alexa as a character, but she immediately steps back into Warvold's shadow as soon as he's around. "I wished then that I could have a mind like his, one that could look so far ahead and think of everything so far in advance. It was a brilliance reserved for someone much older than me." This is just... over the top. The reveal that he is Alexa's father (isn't he old enough to be her grandfather? because that was always the impression I got) makes it all kind of worse. It cheapens the tension of the end of the book - James Daley, who wasn't directly involved in the plot, would be something of a civilian casualty, but Warvold was already supposedly dead for a book and a half. Readers have seen the effects of losing him already, and barely get to know him again before he dies again; there's no impact. It's just restoration of the state everything was in way back in Chapter 1 of The Dark Hills Divide. SHRUG. And it makes Alexa less of an everyman (everygirl?) because now she's connected to this pseudo-legendary character.... ugh, basically. (hide spoiler)] For the record, too, the geography of the Land of Elyon makes very little sense. They circumnavigated almost all of it in the space of less than a week? The entire countryside between Bridewell and the Tenth City can be crossed in less than a day? All of this points to a land area that's way, way too small for the civilizations it plays host to, unless Bridewell and its branch cities are in fact more like tiny hamlets than actual cities. And now... I've got to address the religion thing. Look, I'm an atheist, but as a child I was painfully oblivious. Like, 'you have to literally hit me over the head with allegory before I realize there might be something' kind of oblivious. I honestly don't remember if I picked up on it in this book, but I feel like I might have, because Carman definitely hits you over the head with it. "I was siezed by the power of a great affection." That's not the worst part - the most egregious bit is at the end, when the titular Tenth City comes into view and we find out that in the Land of Elyon, Heaven is a place on Earth. This is also when we learn that surprise! Elyon has been steering events all along, and our heroes were basically just the tools he used, not really acting on their own. So... in addition to the readers being passive participants, it turns out so were the characters! Maybe this is just a worldview I'll never get because I don't believe in a higher power, but... in a fictional context, is it too much to ask that protagonists have actual agency? Even if you find it comforting to believe there is a higher plan ordained, it seems to me like it's just good storytelling to make the characters your audience follows actually... have a greater degree of independence and action. Anyhow. This is the last of the series that I actually own, but that's not gonna be the case for long, because they're going on the used bookstore stack. I'm still torn on whether or not to sell my signed first edition - there's a comparable copy on EBay that hasn't been updated in three years, so I don't think I'm gonna make much off of it as a collectible. However... even though I'm getting rid of my copies, I'm still going to read the last two books in the series. Completionism! It's a blessing and a curse, but mostly a curse. Stay tuned, I guess!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Quennie

    The Tenth City by Patrick Carman Do you you like adventures? If you do, then you should read the fiction book The Tenth City. It is about a young girl named Alexa and her animal and human friends. Together they work as a team to protect each other while they are trying to save their other friend, Yipes. This book is pretty much the best adventure book I have ever read. This book is a mixture of reality and fantasy, which I really like. It has action and it teaches you lessons about life: like no The Tenth City by Patrick Carman Do you you like adventures? If you do, then you should read the fiction book The Tenth City. It is about a young girl named Alexa and her animal and human friends. Together they work as a team to protect each other while they are trying to save their other friend, Yipes. This book is pretty much the best adventure book I have ever read. This book is a mixture of reality and fantasy, which I really like. It has action and it teaches you lessons about life: like not to give up, live your life to the fullest, and to also think about others, not just yourself. Alexa wanted to change her city from the badness of Victor Grindall to the sweetness of her old home before. Victor Grindall captured people who were still there in Bridewell, including Yipes, and he also got the help of orges to trash the place and then make it the way he wanted it to be. During their journey going to Bridewell, they had to face many dangers and also many discoveries. They had to be careful not to get caught by the orges that were all over Bridewell. Since Alexa and her father were separated, he didn't have to face the many dangers they she and her friends encountered. Instead, they found each other in an underground room where Alexa's father was making his home while she was gone. This adventure was really a chance of life to death, but at the end, a 13 year old child and her animal and human friends won against an old and very evil Victor Grindall. All Victor Grindall really wanted was power by the Last Jacosta, a stone which held many secrets about many things. The Tenth City is good for all ages, but there are some words that young kids might not understand yet. All in all, the Tenth City is a book that will make you imagine the things that are happening in the story (also because it doesn't include pictures) and for me, it is like bees' knees.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Paige

    Another book in The Land Of Elyon series is here, and it's The Tenth City. Alexa yet again finds herself in the tangled wen of Abbadon. Her friend Yipes has been kidnapped by Victor Grindall, the man Abbadon controls. Alexa is stuck on the Warwick Beacon with Warvold, Roland, Oddessa the wolf, Armon the giant, and Murphy the squirrel. They travel through tunnels, climb hills, search through forests, and ride down the River Roland to find Yipes. They try to wipe out the last of the ogres and Gri Another book in The Land Of Elyon series is here, and it's The Tenth City. Alexa yet again finds herself in the tangled wen of Abbadon. Her friend Yipes has been kidnapped by Victor Grindall, the man Abbadon controls. Alexa is stuck on the Warwick Beacon with Warvold, Roland, Oddessa the wolf, Armon the giant, and Murphy the squirrel. They travel through tunnels, climb hills, search through forests, and ride down the River Roland to find Yipes. They try to wipe out the last of the ogres and Grindall. All while hopelessly searching for the mist and the Tenth City. Will one of Alexa's friends betray her, or is it all part of a larger plan that involves all of the land of Elyon. This book keeps your eyes on the page at all times. Patrick Carmen makes The Tenth City not only a fantasy, but an action-filled story. I loved this book, and the others before it, but don't worry, there's more books after this one. People who like fantasy, or books about the outdoors would love this book. It makes you feel like you were meant for something more. If you haven't already, you should read this book! Trust me!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Hicklin

    By far one of the most satisfying ending to a series in the history of literature. I was actually hysterical when the book ended, it was written so well. After starting this series whenever I was barely ten, I'm so glad to have these books in my life. Actually, I'm fascinated how Carman used Christian influences. I'm particularly interested in his next book where there lives a nation supported my the legendary Five Pillars. While I don't usually enjoy religious tangents, Carman writes in a respec By far one of the most satisfying ending to a series in the history of literature. I was actually hysterical when the book ended, it was written so well. After starting this series whenever I was barely ten, I'm so glad to have these books in my life. Actually, I'm fascinated how Carman used Christian influences. I'm particularly interested in his next book where there lives a nation supported my the legendary Five Pillars. While I don't usually enjoy religious tangents, Carman writes in a respectful way that neither mocks nor over exaggerates, creating a curiosity in the reader rather than a blow-to-the-head "THIS IS TRUTH" that so many writers do.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Dimitra

    More like 3,5 stars... The third book in the Land of Elyon series was much better than the second one, but still, not as good as the first one. Maybe because in the first book I had no idea of this world and I thought it was interesting... But all three books were amazingly written, so was this! There were plot twists, especially during the end, great action and beautiful characters as always. I think I'll take a break from the series for a while, before I move on to the last two. Just to get me mo More like 3,5 stars... The third book in the Land of Elyon series was much better than the second one, but still, not as good as the first one. Maybe because in the first book I had no idea of this world and I thought it was interesting... But all three books were amazingly written, so was this! There were plot twists, especially during the end, great action and beautiful characters as always. I think I'll take a break from the series for a while, before I move on to the last two. Just to get me more excited!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Mel

    I didn't like this book as much as the others. While I should have seen where this was going a long time ago, I was a little let down that it has one of those "this isn't being sold as a religious book but there are just enough hints to bash you over the head with the idea of religion and by that I mean Christianity" type of plots, which was increasingly evident in the last book in the series (at least I believe it is, perhaps there are more). However I did grow to love Alexa, Murphy and Warvold I didn't like this book as much as the others. While I should have seen where this was going a long time ago, I was a little let down that it has one of those "this isn't being sold as a religious book but there are just enough hints to bash you over the head with the idea of religion and by that I mean Christianity" type of plots, which was increasingly evident in the last book in the series (at least I believe it is, perhaps there are more). However I did grow to love Alexa, Murphy and Warvold (even though the twist including him at the end I thought was semi-random and I was not a fan of it). I feel like I can't be too critical since this book is aimed at an audience much younger than I am, so perhaps they wouldn't have as much to criticize. Overall I did enjoy the book, and I was at least semi-satisfied with the ending.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Annika

    OMG THIS BOOK. I definitely loved it more then the other two. i loved the adventure and the mystery behind it. and that plot twist at the end just...god. I actually cried at the end omg i just cant. but this book is amazing and the ending was definitely satisfying. I'm going to take a break from reading the land of elyon books for a little bit, because there are just two more left. a prequel/book 4 called into the mist and then book 4 stargazer. definitely a satisfying end tho...<3 favorite in t OMG THIS BOOK. I definitely loved it more then the other two. i loved the adventure and the mystery behind it. and that plot twist at the end just...god. I actually cried at the end omg i just cant. but this book is amazing and the ending was definitely satisfying. I'm going to take a break from reading the land of elyon books for a little bit, because there are just two more left. a prequel/book 4 called into the mist and then book 4 stargazer. definitely a satisfying end tho...<3 favorite in this series.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sierrah O

    i liked this book. i would definetly read it again. there was some parts i did not like though. the ending was really dumb. at the end they had the characters wondering what will happen in the next book. also the ending of this book just abruptly stopped it did not gradually stop. if they left those parts out it would have been even better, but i still liked it. it also had many descriptive words and just made the whole story very easy and clear to understand. it was a really good book.

  10. 4 out of 5

    ☆☆Hannah☆☆

    Even though it has been 7 years since I read this last I did still enjoy it. It was originally supposed to be a trilogy. However, he had decided to add on. I did like the way he ended this though. Alexa and most everyone got their happy ending. I was surprised by some things. It just shows that no matter how many times you read a book you can forget things. I look forward to seeing how their next adventure goes. Since I'm sure I've already forgot a lot that will happen. Even though it has been 7 years since I read this last I did still enjoy it. It was originally supposed to be a trilogy. However, he had decided to add on. I did like the way he ended this though. Alexa and most everyone got their happy ending. I was surprised by some things. It just shows that no matter how many times you read a book you can forget things. I look forward to seeing how their next adventure goes. Since I'm sure I've already forgot a lot that will happen.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Laurel

    I liked the conclusion of this trilogy. There are some twists that didn't really surprise me, but did very much surprise my daughter when she read it. There was one thing that surprised me. Anyway, I like the universe, I like the mythology, I like the magic, I like the hero. There is depth in it, I would even consider it a modern children's classic. My daughter wants to write her own review: I liked it, it was really exciting! And, its really surprising. And it is an awesome book! I liked the conclusion of this trilogy. There are some twists that didn't really surprise me, but did very much surprise my daughter when she read it. There was one thing that surprised me. Anyway, I like the universe, I like the mythology, I like the magic, I like the hero. There is depth in it, I would even consider it a modern children's classic. My daughter wants to write her own review: I liked it, it was really exciting! And, its really surprising. And it is an awesome book!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    I think this was the best book out of the series. The chain of events in the books are a bit rushed, but they have a great good versus evil plot. This final book did show the most religous overtones compared to the others but it was done well.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Terry

    These books just get worse and more frustrating. The author seems to want to be Lewis and create his own version of Narnia, but the story and plot is just not well thought out. I know these are middle grade novels, but that shouldn't be an excuse for lazy storytelling. These books just get worse and more frustrating. The author seems to want to be Lewis and create his own version of Narnia, but the story and plot is just not well thought out. I know these are middle grade novels, but that shouldn't be an excuse for lazy storytelling.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Tara

    I read this book in elementary school, and I thought it was amazing! I recommend this book to practically anyone, but mostly 3rd to 5th grade.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Barb

    4.5 stars! This was one of the first books I added to the "To-Read" list on goodreads, so I decided to actually read it. I had read the first two, quite a while ago, prior to goodreads membership. I had added this one back in 2008, so I obviously lost track of the characters, but it read well. Patrick has a very nice writing style and was kind enough to remind readers about his characters without reviewing everything. I cried at the end. I will have to see if there are more in this series...I th 4.5 stars! This was one of the first books I added to the "To-Read" list on goodreads, so I decided to actually read it. I had read the first two, quite a while ago, prior to goodreads membership. I had added this one back in 2008, so I obviously lost track of the characters, but it read well. Patrick has a very nice writing style and was kind enough to remind readers about his characters without reviewing everything. I cried at the end. I will have to see if there are more in this series...I thought I saw one more, and then look for his other books. I know my son was into the 39 Clues books for a bit, but I will avoid that one...too many for me to catch up with and I still have about 350 books now on my to-read list!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Brit McCarthy

    The best thing about this book is that it is short. Read in a train trip and a half short. But not short enough. The allegory is so heavy, it is kinda sickening. All of the characters just turn out to be pawns in a game that didn't make sense. A lot about the world building also didn't make sense and there was still very shoddy female rep even up to this last book - how terrible is that even when your MC is female and you still can't get it right? I had more gripes but I read this two weeks ago and The best thing about this book is that it is short. Read in a train trip and a half short. But not short enough. The allegory is so heavy, it is kinda sickening. All of the characters just turn out to be pawns in a game that didn't make sense. A lot about the world building also didn't make sense and there was still very shoddy female rep even up to this last book - how terrible is that even when your MC is female and you still can't get it right? I had more gripes but I read this two weeks ago and I can't remember them now. It wasn't great though. Wish I hadn't bought the last two books, but you know I'm gonna read them anyway.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Steffi Sea

    This series is incredibly important for young women. Reading them again later in life, I enjoy the story sure, but do not get as much out of it. I have a newfound appreciation that the impact of having been represented by a character like Alexa has had on me. Feeling seen, feeling represented by a smart, STRONG, highly respectable girl and being able to escape to a new world of magic that somehow seems familiar was what I needed when I didn’t know I needed it. I am truly grateful for this series This series is incredibly important for young women. Reading them again later in life, I enjoy the story sure, but do not get as much out of it. I have a newfound appreciation that the impact of having been represented by a character like Alexa has had on me. Feeling seen, feeling represented by a smart, STRONG, highly respectable girl and being able to escape to a new world of magic that somehow seems familiar was what I needed when I didn’t know I needed it. I am truly grateful for this series.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Amy Meyers

    It had been too long since I'd read the first two books, so I wasn't as gripped as I might have been. You can tell these are children's fiction, but still the storytelling it good enough to entertain me as an adult, and they are clean, moral stories. I was surprised to see that this was the end of a trilogy, since I had books 4-5 waiting, and that those books aren't necessarily connected to the first three books. It had been too long since I'd read the first two books, so I wasn't as gripped as I might have been. You can tell these are children's fiction, but still the storytelling it good enough to entertain me as an adult, and they are clean, moral stories. I was surprised to see that this was the end of a trilogy, since I had books 4-5 waiting, and that those books aren't necessarily connected to the first three books.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Moose

    This book was a nice conclusion to the fantasy drama that unfolded over the first two books. I appreciated that there were some unexpected twists and turns that had clearly been planned for some time, but even as an adult reading a children's book it took me a while to figure it out myself. My main issue with this conclusion is that the religious allegory became so strong that it ruined the illusion of the fantasy world for me. This book was a nice conclusion to the fantasy drama that unfolded over the first two books. I appreciated that there were some unexpected twists and turns that had clearly been planned for some time, but even as an adult reading a children's book it took me a while to figure it out myself. My main issue with this conclusion is that the religious allegory became so strong that it ruined the illusion of the fantasy world for me.

  20. 5 out of 5

    LBrady

    I really enjoyed this book and the series as a whole when I read it. I would have been a pre-teen. I don’t remember it distinctly but I remember appreciating the range of characters who had different strengths and weaknesses, different attitudes and outlooks on life and the challenges that they encountered. The spirit of cooperation and trust and the magic of the world sticks with me. If I have a chance I may re-read them :)

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sean Harding

    The summary above says the final thrilling instalment in the trilogy. Pretty much none of that information is correct. It is not the final entry there is a fourth book and so therefore by that very number it is not a trilogy and it really wasn't that thrilling. It was an instalment so there was one word that was correct. Average read, but in reality the whole series was pretty forgettable. The summary above says the final thrilling instalment in the trilogy. Pretty much none of that information is correct. It is not the final entry there is a fourth book and so therefore by that very number it is not a trilogy and it really wasn't that thrilling. It was an instalment so there was one word that was correct. Average read, but in reality the whole series was pretty forgettable.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Twyla

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. My favorite part was when Grindall and everyone else who worked for Abaddon were gone. My least favorite part was when Warvold died for real this time, especially because we learn that he is Alexa's actual father. I like the idea of not explaining the plan until it happened, because it made everything more suspenseful. My favorite part was when Grindall and everyone else who worked for Abaddon were gone. My least favorite part was when Warvold died for real this time, especially because we learn that he is Alexa's actual father. I like the idea of not explaining the plan until it happened, because it made everything more suspenseful.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Leah

    I didn't like this as much as the last time I read it. There's adventure and plotting and misunderstandings and revelations. I liked the adventure. I enjoyed seeing more of the world. The religion didn't bother me, and I enjoyed it. The plot twist at the end was bothersome. There wasn't much of a battle, but there was a bit of action, which was interesting. I didn't like this as much as the last time I read it. There's adventure and plotting and misunderstandings and revelations. I liked the adventure. I enjoyed seeing more of the world. The religion didn't bother me, and I enjoyed it. The plot twist at the end was bothersome. There wasn't much of a battle, but there was a bit of action, which was interesting.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jerome

    Probably the best book of the series. The character development and symbolism are great, and the plot is intricate, with a lot of subtle foreshadowing. The book dwells more heavily than usual on Elyon, but these parts often seem to slow down the plot. A clean, creative story overall.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Melanie

    Some things were a little too convenient, but overall good adventure and fun characters. A pretty satisfying ending to the trilogy (though I do understand there was later a 4th book and a prequel, which I will get to in time).

  26. 4 out of 5

    Shazza Maddog

    Alexa and her friends are back in the third installment of The Land of Elyon and the conclusion of the trilogy. On the run with Grindall chasing them, Alexa keeps hearing Elyon speaking to her directly and must keep her own counsel on how to save her land.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Beka

    Things definitely came full circle and ended well. It was a bit harder for me because I let too much time lapse in between reading each book, but I really appreciated the quick catch up at the beginning of this one.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Rune

    I have very fond memories of reading this book as a teenager/pre-teen, I was overcome with sadness when one of the main characters died. Patrick Carman writes beautifully and the illustrations are beautiful in this next to last book in The Land of Elyon book series.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Brenna

    Not bad, but it felt really short. Like there should have been some more action leading to the end of this book. Not sure if this was supposed to be a trilogy and the others are tacked on, or if they're off-sets, but it felt a little anti-climactic for the end of the entire plot line. Not bad, but it felt really short. Like there should have been some more action leading to the end of this book. Not sure if this was supposed to be a trilogy and the others are tacked on, or if they're off-sets, but it felt a little anti-climactic for the end of the entire plot line.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jess

    Fantasy based and good read for any 2nd-3rd grade adventure seeker!

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