Saturday, 10 January 2015

Guardian of the underworld: Underworld chronicles

Guardian of the Underworld
Author: Rachel Tetley

Final book one cover

Fantastic! My favorite childrens book for 2014

Rachel Tetly is a mother of five children, blogger of (check this out for quick yummy recipes), and the author of Guardian of the Underworld.  I have been one of the lucky ones that received a copy of this superb book from Rachel.  Myself and my children are hooked and hanging on for the next book! 

Two worlds.  Neither can exist without the other.  And one guardian to ensure their survival.  But a family with a score to settle forces one boy, into a dangerous adventure

Jake Summers is an ordinary boy with an ordinary family- so he thinks. He has just spent another summer holidays building dens in the woods with his best friend Paul. But when someone special unexpectedly dies, Jake is determined to find out the truth, unaware that it will change his life forever.

He discovers a key to Grandpa’s forbidden room, and is plunged into a long-forgotten magical world, together with class mate Arianna Brown and a strange creature called Noggin. Stormy seas, underground carts pulled by Golden Eagles and a dragon all stand in his way. He must race against time to fulfil an ancient magical prophecy and save the world.
I read this book aloud to my kids and they loved it.  They could not wait for me to pick it up again the next day.  It was just as good to read aloud as the Nania books.  The characters were realistic and we found ourselves just as much a part of their journey as they were.  The plot was easy to follow and well structured.  The language...  absolutely fantastic!  The language is in the ranking of the descriptive voice of the Nania series.  My children commented frequently on the language in this novel.  It was what enticed them the most.  My boy said he loved this book because he could see the story and characters in his mind.  I have been looking for a series like this for him, forever.  He doesn't always find it easy to comprehend what he reads as he doesn't envision the story.  But well done Rachel, you achieved this and I will definitely be giving him the rest of your books to read! 
I found this book to have great family values and there was a link to the benefits of forgiveness.  If all the series has the same values, I will continue to blog the series as I can get my hands on them.  It is good to see a children's book that has children addressing their parents with respect. 
Now awaiting the next book in this series...

This was available from Amazon:
Rachel's blog if you want to know more about her or try out her recipes which are also worth looking at:

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