Jim Morgan And The Door At The Edge Of The World: A Great End To A Great Series!

24 Nov
Jim Morgan And The Door At The Edge Of The World, by James Matlack Raney

Jim Morgan And The Door At The Edge Of The World, by James Matlack Raney

Jim Morgan And The Door At The Edge Of The World is the exciting finale to James Matlack Raney’s Jim Morgan series of books. When we last saw Jim Morgan and his friends Lacey, George, Peter, and Paul, they had half of the Hunter’s Shell, while the Cromiers had the other half of it.

Jim Morgan And The Pirates Of The Black Skull, by James Matlack Raney

Jim Morgan And The Pirates Of The Black Skull, by James Matlack Raney

Jim Morgan And The Door At The Edge Of The World begins with Jim and the Brothers Ratt being chased through the streets of Morroco. They had attempted to buy a potion from a man named Ali, but Ali thought they were unsavory characters. They end up stealing the potion from Ali, which is why his men are chasing them. The thieves end up being saved by a shopkeeper named Abdullah, who has all sorts of magical artifacts in his shop. Abdullah seems like he’s helping Jim, George, Peter, and Paul, but when Jim refuses to give him his half of the Hunter’s Shell, Abdullah imprisons the boys in his shop. It turns out that Abdullah has been in league with Count Vilius Cromier and his son Bartholomew Cromier.

At the Inn of the Wet Rock, MacGuffy looks for a new pirate captain to replace Dread Steele. The contenders are Lo Fang, Golden Ginny, and F.W. Pennington Sharpe. MacGuffy chooses Sharpe to be the captain of the Spectre. Jim and his friends are skeptical of F.W. Pennington Sharpe’s abilities. He appears to be a drunk. He is also only interested in helping MacGuffy if he gets paid a lot of money.

The Spectre travels to the City of the Sea Folk, so that Jim can get help from Queen Melodia. Queen Melodia introduces Jim to her husband, King Nemus. King Nemus is outraged that Jim wants his help, seeing as how his father Lindsey Morgan stole three treasures from him.

We find out that F.W. Pennington Sharpe is a coward. He lets the Cromiers have Jim, Lacey, Peter, and Paul. Count Cromier lets the crew of the Spectre live. Count Cromier banishes Jim to a place called the Dark Hole. Lacey, Paul, Peter, and Cornelius become prisoners on the Sea Spider.

In the Dark Hole, Jim learns that his jailers are ogres who feed off of the sorrows of their prisoners. Jim finds a friend in the Dark Hole, Egidio Quattrochi, the shopkeeper. In the Dark Hole, Egidio tells Jim the story about the Treasure of the Ocean.

In Scotland, Lacey must go into a dark cave with the Ratt Brothers. She is to be exchanged for the Treasure of the Ocean. She and the Ratt Brothers decide to trick the Cromiers. While Lacey talks to the dragon in the cave, Peter and Paul Ratt decide to unchain its ankle. Lacey wants the dragon to make three promises to her: to help them escape, to not kill, and to tell Lacey her fate. Unfortunately, the dragon can only tell Lacey her fate. The dragon tells her as he’s dying, that he saw death in her fate. (The dragon was struck by the power of the Treasure of the Ocean.)

After hitching a ride to London from the Gypsy Witch, Lacey, Peter, and Paul make their way to the Inn of the Wet Rock. When Lacey, Peter, and Paul get to the Inn of the Wet Rock, they realize that they need F.W. Pennington Sharpe to help them again. After the Brothers Ratt steal Sharpe’s pearl and Lacey convinces him to not be such a coward when the world is ending, Sharpe agrees to help them. Lacey gives a speech to many pirates, including Lo Fang and Golden Ginny.  Jim shows up, and the friends are happy now because they are reunited. The pirates are determined to keep the Cromiers from using the Treasure of the Ocean.

I loved reading Jim Morgan And The Door At The Edge Of The World! There was so much non- stop action. This is one of those books that you just can’t put down. Despite the dire circumstances, there is a lot of humor in the book. In the very beginning of the book, George says to Jim “Lovely night for a run, innit?” to which Jim replies, “I suppose so, Georgie, but I really wasn’t planning on running quite this fast.” As always, the Ratt Brothers insult each other in a very funny way. For example, Peter states, “You might be gettin a bit sloppy in your old age, Georgie. Isn’t the idea of bein a thief about gettin away without anyone knowin you was even there? And if you are gonna let people know, maybe it shouldn’t be a bunch of blokes with swords.” Later, George says they should stand and fight, even though they are unarmed and their opponents have swords. When the Ratt brothers are told that they are infamous, Paul says to Peter that they’re more famous than Jim. Obviously, Paul does not know the true meaning of the word infamous. Being called infamous is not a compliment.

New characters are introduced. I thought Abdullah was a little annoying because he spoke in the third person all the time. I liked Shetew the Cursed, although I would have liked Jim to come back to him, break his curse, and free the rest of the prisoners from the Dark Hole. F.W. Pennington Sharpe was a little annoying because he seemed a little too cheerful. I liked how he changed from a coward to a hero. I liked how he kept throwing knifes at people’s backsides. Lo Fang and Golden Ginny were interesting characters as well. I liked how Lo Fang told the Brothers Ratt that they “stole the respect out of him.” I liked how the Brothers Ratt flirted with Golden Ginny, and Golden Ginny flirted with them.

I thought Jim and Lacey being in love was predictable. I thought George might have been jealous of Jim because he (George) was also interested in Lacey. I was overjoyed to learn about Jim’s mother. I was very curious to find out who she was and how she met Jim’s father.

Jim Morgan And The King Of Thieves, by James Matlack Raney

Jim Morgan And The King Of Thieves, by James Matlack Raney

I would recommend Jim Morgan And The Door At The Edge Of The World to fans of Jim Morgan And The King Of Thieves and Jim Morgan And The Pirates Of The Black Skull. I would also recommend it to fans of  fantasy /action/adventure novels, fans of the Harry Potter books, and The Lord Of The Rings series.  I would give Jim Morgan And The Door At The Edge Of The World an A+ because it is a great conclusion to the great Jim Morgan trilogy.

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