Curse of the Spider King

by Wayne Thomas Batson
Series: The Berinfell Prophesies #1
384 pages, Fantasy
Reviewed by Luthien

Great book, but not for small children.


Note: this book was co-written by Wayne Thomas Baston and Christopher Hopper.

Seven heirs to the seven Elven thrones were captured in an attack and taken to Earth, where they were put up for adoption; for their abductors to kill them before they reached the age of thirteen would result in a horrible curse. Now thirteen years have passed on Earth and it is up to the remaining Elves who live in hiding to find them, convince them of the heritage they never knew that they had, and return them safely to their real world.


Good is good and bad is bad and never the twain shall meet.

Spiritual Content

The Elves believe in Ellos, which they say is their favorite name for God. They pray to Him and trust in Him completely. One girl can also read minds and one boy can see into the future. The bad guys have the ability to talk to spiders.


As you read the book, you find out more and more about a war that occurred long ago between the Elves, warspiders, Drefids, and Gwars. A battle also happens at the end of the book and several non-main characters die. Drefids and Cragons attack the houses of the Elf children and tear the buildings apart, sometimes hurting people. Malicious spiders also intentionally try to poison several characters. Impersonators of one girl's parents also throw knives at her after trying to poison her. Several people are victims of Drefid-induced bleeding.

Drug and Alcohol Content

One boy walks into a pub to look for his father, but no alcohol is actually consumed.

Sexual Content


Crude or Profane Language or Content

One boy mentions why he thinks that a dog is interested in something, and has another character get after him about it. A bully also tries to pull the pants of one of the main characters down, but thankfully that is the future-seeing boy and he is able to sidestep it.
A spider tries to bite a girl when she is taking a shower.


This was a good book that I enjoyed very much. However, there is violence in it, especially since the occurrences of a battle are described in order to give you a clearer knowledge of the history of Berinfel and why the Elves live in hiding. I loved the fact that a firm stand is taken against arachnids. The way the book was written, I gradually became more and more interested in it as the writing style seemed to improve slightly the further you read. I really enjoyed this book and would certainly recommend it to others who are looking for a good adventure/fantasy book to read.

Fun Score: 4
Values Score: 4
Written for Age: 11-12

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