Category: Children’s Fiction

The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander: Book Review

My Review My Rating: 3/5 The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander is a nice, simple fantasy story. The main character’s voice made little sense and his gollum-like companion was irritating. It was fun to read, for the most part, but I don’t think I will be continuing this series. I never read The Book

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The Tombs of Atuan by Ursula K. Le Guin: A Review

My Review My Rating: 3/5 The Tombs of Atuan is not the best fantasy sequel ever written. The first third of this book by Ursula K. Le Guin is slow and dull. Ged coming into the story makes it more interesting but that’s probably just because we know the character. The ending of The Tombs

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A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin: Book Review

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My Review My Rating 4/5 A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin was a wonderful read. I love classic fantasy for the simplicity. It differs greatly to modern fantasy as it ‘tells’ much of the story rather than ‘showing’ it, but this is not a weakness of the novel. The world in A

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The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis: Book Review

My Review My Rating: 3/5 The rating for the story of The Last Battle by C. S. Lewis itself would be a 4, however there was just too much stuff (that many have gone into before me so I won’t write about it) that spoilt it. As a fantasy story, however, and ignoring all of

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The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis: Book Review

My Review My Rating: 5/5 I really wasn’t expecting The Silver Chair by C. S. Lewis to be good. I hardly remember reading this fantasy book when I was younger – I think it bored me – but it’s one of the best stories of Narnia. The Silver Chair is a proper adventure – a

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The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis: Book Review

My Review My Rating: 5/5 Voyage of the Dawn Treader is definitely my second-favourite of The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis. I used to listen to it over and over again on tape as a kid and now, reading it once more on the page, I was delighted to see that it has

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The Spook’s Sacrifice by Joseph Delaney: Book Review

My Review My Rating: 4/5 SPOILER FREE When I first started reading The Spook’s Sacrifice by Joseph Delaney, I felt a little let down. It felt like it was sidestepping the main issue of the series that had been set up in the previous two fantasy books. By the end, however, I could see the

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The Spook’s Mistake by Joseph Delaney: Book Review

My Review My Rating: 5/5 SPOILER FREE As the County becomes darker, so do these fantasy books by Joseph Delaney. There have always been elements of horror to the series, but The Spook’s Mistake gets creepy as Hell at points. The best bit of The Spook’s Mistake is the introduction to Bill Arkwright. He’s a

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The Spook’s Stories: Grimalkin’s Tale by Joseph Delaney: Book Review

My Review My Rating: 5/5 SPOILER FREE This short story, Grimalkin’s Tale by Joseph Delaney is fantastic! Grimalkin quickly became one of my favourite fantasy characters. I love it when there is a “villain” who has a backstory which makes you empathise with them. She is a complex character who has had a difficult life.

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The Spook’s Battle by Joseph Delaney: Book Review

My Review My Rating: 5/5 SPOILER FREE The Spook’s Battle by Joseph Delaney is the perfect example of children’s fantasy being able to accomplish something epic! When I was first reading these books as a kid, this was always my favourite. So much happens in The Spook’s Battle! We follow Thomas, Alice, and the Spook

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The Spook’s Secret by Joseph Delaney: Book Review

My Review My Rating: 4/5 SPOILER FREE In The Spook’s Secret by Joseph Delaney we find out a lot about the Spook’s past, which is something that has been hinted at a little before. I’m glad this was done this early in the fantasy series, as it’s good to wait a bit for mysteries to

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The Spook’s Curse by Joseph Delaney: Book Review

My Review My Rating: 5/5 SPOILER FREE Much like The Spook’s Apprentice, The Spook’s Curse continues to introduce us to The County and the threats from the Dark that continue to plague it. Things get a little more out of hand, however, as Joseph Delaney introduces us to boggarts and there is an old, angry

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The Spook’s Apprentice by Joseph Delaney: Book Review

My Review My Rating: 5/5 SPOILER FREE I picked up The Spook’s Apprentice by Joseph Delaney as a kid when I’d run out of Harry Potter! I was immediately sucked in and fell in love with the characters and the fantasy world. Thomas Ward is the young hero of The Spook’s Apprentice. He’s the seventh

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Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis: Book Review

My Review My Rating: 4/5 This was one of my favourites from The Chronicles of Narnia growing up. Prince Caspian feels epic when the scope of the story by C. S. Lewis is revealed, but it’s the end of the fantasy book that ruins it for me. The end of Prince Caspian is just an anticlimax and

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The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis: Book Review

My Review My Rating: 2/5 One of these stars is for the worldbuilding aspect of The Horse and His Boy by C. S. Lewis – we saw more of Narnia and the lands beyond as well as a little from the kings and queens we know from The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. The second

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