I appreciate the candour of making a Frodo joke as two characters clamber through a volcanic wasteland to battle a dark lord...
The Shadowkin planet is called the Underneath and is supposedly at the bottom of the universe, which adds to the king and the burning shadow swords that slash portals to make them feel like a classic fantasy monster rather than a science-fantasy one.
Killer petals - still not scaring me.
When Ram’s dad went through the portal to help, I figured he was done for. Then April’s dad went in too, and I figured he was definitely done for. So it was quite a nice surprise that he wasn’t. Points for that.
And apparently the Governors are some super-efficient secret organisation that just keeps watch over the school. With androids.