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Into the Gauntlet: 09/27/13

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Into the Gauntlet by Margaret Peterson Haddix is the end of the initial hunt for the 39 Clues. There is an 11th book — a collection of four short stories — that spins off a new series: Cahills vs. Vespers.

The clues have taken Dan and Amy around the world and now they are back in Europe — England, this time. Their last clue hinges on Shakespeare and his play, Loves Labour Lost. If you know a thing or two about the Bard (or have seen "The Shakespeare Code" episode of Doctor Who) you've heard of the "lost" sequel, Loves Labour Won.

Me being a fan of Doctor Who, and perfectly willing to imagine him having adventures in all sorts of different stories, I have no problem believing he's an honorary Madrigal. Regardless, this volume is all about the Madrigals and their behind the scenes role in the Cahill successes.

As with all the other branches, the Madrigals have a hideout. That's where everything comes to a head an truth behind the 39 Clues is finally revealed. I found their compound a little hard to swallow but seeing how all the remaining teams reacted to reaching the end was fascinating.

Four stars

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